April 5

Once upon a time there lived a king who really wanted a son. After many, many years his wife at last gave birth to a boy. The king was joyous. Immediately he called all the astrologers to learn his son’s future. Many great astrologers came to study the boy’s horoscope. Each one studied the charts. The signs were quite clear. “Sir,” the astrologers said, “your son is not a good child. Because of him you will die by the time he reaches the age of ten. In a way, he has come to kill you.”

The king was furious. “You devils! You don’t even know how to cast a horoscope. Throw them all in jail.”

One day an astrologer from far away came to the kingdom. The king immediately asked him to look at his son’s chart. The astrologer studied  the  horoscope  carefully  and  said, “I  have  never seen  a horoscope like this! It’s a very strong horoscope. Your son will live a long life and will be a great king. He will live for one hundred years after you have died.” The astrologer was a very clever man; he read the same chart as the others, but he presented the information in a completely different way.

The king was so happy. “Shower this man with gifts. He is a great astrologer. If there is anything you want, sit, just ask me.”

“Well,” the astrologer said, “There is just one request.” “Of course. What is it?”

“Please release those other poor astrologers from the prison. Their only crime was not being very smart. They know how to calculate, but they don’t know how to communicate.” Because of this one man all the others were set free.

Mere education is not enough. You should know how to deal with people, how to communicate, how to live harmoniously with others. That is a great lesson that cannot be learned from books alone. Learn to live harmoniously. That is where the real joy and peace lie.

Swami Satchidananda

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