The servant who does not acts as per command of his master, denies duty, who is proud, and speaks harshly. Such servant must be abandoned at once.

-Vidur

Reward for Gatekeeper

It was a dark night and was raining heavily and there were strange noises from everywhere and voice of the moaning of jackals could be heard.

Although there was a bad atmosphere king Vikramaditya did not fear a bit.

He climbed the tree to bring the corpse down and soon he began to walk with the corpse lying on his shoulder.

The Betaal spoke: “O King , I pity you as you are making untiring efforts without relaxing as if you wish to achieve something. Instead of enjoying a comfortable sleep in your palace you’re still coming after me”

King didn’t speak anything because any word from his mouth would keep Betaal right back on the tree.

So Betaal starts his story……….

Once Upon a time there lived a king named Chandrakant. He is very brave and kind king. He was taking good care of his subjects. Everyone was living with peace in his kingdom.

Once a guard came to him and told him that “Huzoor! you must alert our soldiers, as enemy might attack our country within few days”. Chandrakant asked him how could he say before the moment. The guard didn’t reply anything.

Few days went away. Suddenly neighbour country attacked Chandrakant’s Kingdom , but as his soldiers were alert. They fought bravely and defeat the opponent. Chandrakant remembered the advice of the guard.

After finishing war he came back to the palace. He was relaxing on his bed at the night. He decided to give good reward to the guard next day.

Next day, he called a guard. Guard came very happily to receive his reward.

King gave him 1000 gold coins and asked him how you got an idea enemies were going to attack on our kingdom. Guard replied “Sir I can see future things which are going to happen in my dreams, that night while doing my duty at night I had a dream that enemy was attacking us”. King was pleased with him. He gave him 1000 gold coins. But suddenly he said “You have done good work by alerting us, but you are dismissed from the post of the guard”.

People were surprised by King’s decision, but no one had a dare to ask him why. But the guard said “Yes sir, I must be punished and went away.”

Betaal stops and asks King Vikram asks this question: Why King dismissed guard even if he helped him to win against the enemy?

Vikram replies with a lot of thought, “Betaal, duty of guard is to take care of palace’s gate. As guard said he said he had a dream during the duty, king got the idea he was sleeping at the gate so although he helped him to win against enemy he forgot to do his duty so king dismissed him from the post of the guard.”

When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen.

– Stephen Covey

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