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Akbar and Birbal Stories for Children: Emperor Akbar's Gold Coins

Akbar and Birbal Stories for ChildrenThe wisdom of Birbal was unparalleled during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar in India. But Akbar's brother in law was extremely jealous of him. He asked the Emperor Akbar to dispense with Birbal's services and appoint him in his place. He gave ample assurance that he would prove to be more efficient and capable than Birbal.

Before Emperor Akbar could take a decision on this matter, this news reached Birbal. Birbal resigned and left. Emperor Akbar's brother in law was made the minister in place of Birbal.

Emperor Akbar decided to test the new minister. He gave three hundred gold coins to him and said, "Spend these gold coins such that, I get a hundred gold coins here in this life; a hundred gold coins in the other world and another hundred gold coins neither here nor there."

The minister found the entire situation to be a maze of confusion and hopelessness. He spent sleepless nights worrying over how he would get himself out of this mess. Thinking in circles was making him go crazy. Eventually, on the advice of his wife he sought Birbal's help. Birbal said, "Just give me the gold coins. I shall handle the rest."

Birbal walked the streets of the city holding the bag of gold coins in his hand. He noticed a rich merchant celebrating his son's wedding. Birbal gave a hundred gold coins to him and bowed courteously saying, "The Emperor Akbar sends you his good wishes and blessings for the wedding of your son. Please accept the gift he has sent."

The merchant felt honoured that the Emperor had sent a special messenger with such a precious gift. He honoured Birbal and gave him a large number of expensive gifts and a bag of gold coins as a return gift for the Emperor.

Next, Birbal went to the area of the city were the poor people lived. There he bought food and clothing in exchange for a hundred gold coins and distributed them in the name of the Emperor Akbar.

When he came back to town he organized a concert of music and dance. He spent a hundred gold coins on it.

The next day Birbal entered Emperor Akbar's darbar/court and announced that he had done all that the Emperor had asked his brother-in-law to do. The Emperor Akbar waited to know how he had done it.

Birbal repeated the sequences of all the events and then said, "The money I gave to the merchant for the wedding of his son - you have got back while you are on this earth. The money I spent on buying food and clothing for the poor - you will get it in the other world. The money I spent on the musical concert - you will get neither here nor there."

This is true even today. The money you spend on friends is returned or reciprocated in some form or the other. Money spent on charity gets converted into blessings from Allah (SWT) which becomes your eternal property. Money spent on pleasures is just frittered away and in return you will be held responsible for wasting in the hereafter!

So when you spend your hard earned money, think a little, if not a lot!

Akbar and Birbal Stories for Children: Birbal's Khichdi

Birbal's KhichdiOn a cold winter day Emperor Akbar and Birbal took a walk along the lake. A thought came to Birbal that a man would do anything for money. He expressed his feelings to Emperor Akbar. Emperor Akbar then put his finger into the lake and immediately removed it because he shivered with cold.

Emperor Akbar said, "I don't think a man would spend an entire night in the cold water of this lake for money."

Birbal replied, "I am sure I can find such a person."

Emperor Akbar then challenged Birbal into finding such a person and said that he would reward the person with a thousand gold coins.

Birbal searched far and wide until he found a poor man who was desperate enough to accept the challenge. The poor man entered the lake and Emperor Akbar had guards posted near him to make sure that he really does as promised.

The next morning the guards took the poor man to Emperor Akbar. Emperor Akbar asked the poor man if he had indeed spent the night in the lake. The poor man replied that he had. Emperor Akbar then asked the poor man how he managed to spend the night in the lake. The poor man replied that there was a street lamp near by and he kept his attention affixed on the lamp and away from the cold. Emperor Akbar then said that there would be no reward as the poor man had survived the night in the lake by the warmth of the street lamp. The poor man went to Birbal for help.

The next day, Birbal did not go to darbar/court. The Emperor wondered why he did not show up. Send a messenger to his home to find out? The messenger came back saying that Birbal would come once his Khichdi was cooked. The Emperor waited hours but Birbal did not come. Finally the Emperor decided to go to Birbal's house and see what he was up to.

Emperor Akbar found Birbal sitting on the floor near some burning twigs and a bowl filled with Khichdi hanging five feet above the fire. Emperor Akbar and his attendants couldn't help but laugh.

Emperor Akbar then said to Birbal, "How can the Khichdi be cooked if it so far away from the fire?"

Birbal answered, "The same way the poor man received heat from a street lamp that was more than a furlong away."

Emperor Akbar understood his mistake and gave the poor man his reward.

Akbar and Birbal Stories for Children: Saying the same thing differently!

One night, Emperor Akbar dreamt that he had lost all his teeth, except one. The next morning he invited all the astrologers of his kingdom to interpret this dream.

After a long discussion, the astrologers prophesized that all his relatives would die before him.

Emperor Akbar was very upset by this interpretation and so sent away all the astrologers without any reward.

Later that day, Birbal entered the darbar/court. Emperor Akbar related his dream and asked him to interpret it. After thinking for a while Birbal replied that the Emperor would live a longer and more fulfilled life than any of his relatives.

Emperor Akbar was pleased with Birbal's explanation and rewarded him handsomely.

Why do we have different ways of saying the same thing? Because we all come from different social, economical and educational backgrounds?

Akbar and Birbal Stories for Children: Foolish Brahmin

Foolish BrahminOnce upon a time a foolish Brahmin came to visit Birbal with a strange request. He wanted to be addressed as 'Pandit'. Now, the term 'Pandit' refers to a man of learning. But unfortunately this poor Brahmin was uneducated. Birbal tried to explain the difference to him saying that it was not correct to call an uneducated man a Pandit and because of this very reason it would be improper to call him so. But the silly Brahmin had his heart set on this title.

So, as usual, Birbal had a brilliant idea. He said that as the Brahmin was an uneducated man he should hurl abuses and stones at anyone who dared to address him by the very same title (Pandit) he wanted. Then Birbal called all his servants to himself and ordered them to call this lowly Brahmin a Pandit. The Brahmin was very pleased. But the moment the servants started calling out to him as 'Pandit' he pretended to be very angry and started to abuse them loudly. Then he picked up a few stones and hurled them in their direction. All as per clever Birbal's advice.

All this shouting and screaming drew a crowd. When people realized that this Brahmin was erupting every time anyone called him 'Pandit', they all started to tease him. Over the next couple of days, he would constantly hear the refrain 'Pandit' wherever he went. Very soon the whole town started referring to him as 'Pandit' much to his delight.

The foolish Brahmin never realized why people were calling him in this manner. And was extremely pleased with the result. He thanked Birbal from the very bottom of his foolish heart.

Akbar and Birbal Stories for Children: Red Hot Iron

One day, one rich man wanted to punish a man named Hasan. He blamed him that he had stolen necklace from his house, and reported to the Emperor Akbar. The case was brought in the darbar/court. Emperor Akbar asked the man, "Why do you think that Hasan has stolen your necklace?" The man replied, "Your Honor, I have seen him stealing the necklace." Hasan said, "No Huzoor I am innocent, I do not know anything about necklace."

The rich man said, "Huzoor if he is innocent, let him prove his innocence. Let me bring the hot iron, and if he can hold it in his bare hands, then I will agree that he has not stolen my necklace, and he is speaking truth."

Hasan said, "If I am speaking the truth, then I will not burn my hands with that hot iron?"

"You are right. Allah (SWT) will protect you." said the rich man.

Now Hasan could not do anything but to hold red hot iron in his hands to prove his innocence, and that he was speaking the truth. He asked Emperor Akbar to give him one day to look for that necklace again and He went home.

He took advice from Birbal. When he returned next day, he said, "I am ready for that. But the same thing should apply to him too. If he is speaking the truth, then the red hot iron should not burn his hands also. So let him bring that red hot iron holding in his both hands, then I will hold that iron in my bare hands."

Now the rich man was speechless. He told the Emperor Akbar that he would go and search his necklace again in his house; maybe it was misplaced somewhere there.

Emperor Akbar ordered to give necklace to Hasan as a punishment to the Rich man.

Akbar and Birbal Stories for Children: Birbal's Sweet Reply

Birbal's Sweet ReplyOne day the Emperor Akbar startled his courtiers with a strange question.

"If somebody pulled my whiskers what sort of punishment should be given to him?" he asked.

"He should be flogged!" said one courtier.

"He should be hanged!" said another.

"He should be beheaded!" said a third.

"And what about you, Birbal?" asked the Emperor Akbar. "What do you think would be the right thing to do if somebody pulled my whiskers?"

"He should be given sweets," said Birbal.

"Sweets?" gasped the other couriers.

"Yes", said Birbal. "Sweets, because the only one who would dare pull His Majesty's whiskers is his grandson."

So pleased was the Emperor Akbar with the answer that he pulled off his ring and gave it to Birbal as a reward.

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