Sunday, November 2, 2008

The man who lived forever

One of my favorite stories that i heard as a child was the story of “the man who lived forever”.

There was once a man who was very afraid to die. And so he prayed constantly to God asking him to grant him his wish. So one day God finally answered his prayer and appeared in the man’s dream. God asked him,”What is it that you wish for from me?” The man replied, ” I wish to live forever.” God asked him, “Are you sure about this? Because i am going to grant you only one wish. And you cannot change it back even if you wish to.” The man replied,”I’m sure of it God. I want to live forever.”

God granted that man’s wish and disappeared. The next day the man woke up happy to know that he was never going to die. He lived his life happily. He got married and had a son.

As it goes, its only natural to get old. And with old age comes all sorts of diseases and disabilities.

The man got old. He was diagnosed with many diseases. But he didn’t die. When he crossed 100yrs of age, he became incapable of movement But he was remained alive despite everything.

One fine day his son decided that he had had enough of this. Taking care of the old man was taking most of his time and energy. So the man’s son went to a potter and asked him to make a pot big enough to hold one man’s body. When the pot was ready, the son placed his father inside the pot and placed a lid on it. He asked the pot to be placed inside the cellar. That’s where the old man stayed forever. His son died. Generations came and went but the man remained alive in the pot in the cellar. Once in a while the old man’s great-grandchildren would hear a cough or sneeze from the cellar. But no one cared.

The old man never saw the light of day again. But he is still alive in some part of the world. He can never die and he can’t ask god to take back his wish.

Moral of the story - There is a time for everything. A time to eat. A time to sleep. A time to live. A time to love. And a time to die. And each thing should be done in its time. Trying to change nature’s laws is going to result in major disappointments.

- courtesy Divya


Zee bo Bee said...

This story,

is perhaps one of the better ones I've read in a while. Do you know... to be honest, I have often wished for eternal life. However, after reading this story,

I think it would be prudent to wish for something else. Instead, I would wish for Eternal Youth (which is the same as eternal life if you think about it, except with Eternal Youth, one stays young and sprightly forever)


iamtoxxic said...

yay! i'm touching people's lives... hehehe

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