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12-Where is God?
A King was well learned in all the Ved and governed his people very well.
There was no dearth or want of anything but three questions always bothered
him. He visited many places and met many scholars to find the answers but
in vain. One day he decided to assign this task to a great scholar who was
very learned in literature and philosophy. He summoned the scholar and gave
him the questions that were bothering him.
The scholar was given six months to find the answers to these questions and in return he was provided enough money to last. He was also assured that if he was successful in providing answers he would be treated well in gold and silver otherwise be banished from the kingdom. The scholar went home worried and tensed. He was a learned man but not very practical and with this task at hand so he got worried and fell sick. This man was taken care by a little boy who would graze the cows. The boy was very clever and blessed with knowledge.
One day the boy noticed that his master was more worried than being sick, so he decided to ask him if he could help him. Although the master was a learned man but he was hesitating to share his problem with a 12 year old boy, but finally he decided to share his problem as the time to meet the King was approaching fast. Once the boy heard the questions he assured his master to be at ease for the rest of the days and asked him to give a note on the due date that he is sick so cannot come personally, but the note bearer will answer his questions.
When the day arrived, the King was very excited to learn the answers of his questions. He had summoned all the neighboring kings and gathered a great audience to witness this event. The crowd was waiting anxiously to see the great scholar but he didn't show up, instead they saw a young boy walking towards the King and handing over a note to him. The King read the note and felt it was appropriate to let the boy answer the questions as the scholar himself had requested for it.
So the King broke the silence and declared that the boy has the answers and started asking him the questions with a smile. But the boy said – “I have a condition.” The King was so anxious to hear the replies of his questions that he asked him what was his condition. The boy replied - "Since by replying your questions, I will get the status of your teacher, so I will need to sit on the throne while you should take the role of the student and need to stand by my side." Shocked with the strange request of the boy, the King consulted his ministers and decided to do as he demanded, because it was customary for the teacher to be seated on a higher seat and the student had to stand beside him. So he let the boy seated on the throne and he himself stepped aside.
Now the King asked out loud - "Where is God?"
The next question was asked - "Which way is He seeing?"
Excited himself the King finally asked his third and the last question -
"What is his work?"
The King honored the boy with lots of rewards and gave a place in his court. He called that scholar back on work.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 5/9/09
Updated on 10/01/13