The Forgotten Wisdom by Dr. Scott Zarcinas, Founder, Unlocking Your Life seminars #5 The Loud Lawyer There was a rich and benevolent king who was renowned for giving a gold coin everyday to a certain category of people. Some days he gave to the sick, other days to widows, other days to the blind, and such like. There was only one rule: he would only give to those who remained silent.
On a certain day it became the turn of the lawyers to receive their gold coin. Most lawyers could keep their mouths shut, but one such lawyer could not contain himself and broke out in a long plea as to why he should receive the coin. The king refused to give him anything.
The next day it was the turn of the lame. The lawyer borrowed a pair of crutches and hobbled into the king’s chamber, but the king recognised him and sent him on his way. The following day it was the turn of the widows. The lawyer dressed himself as a woman and went to visit the king, but the king was wise to him and sent him on his way again.
The lawyer was now beginning to fear he would never receive a reward from the king. As he left the palace, he happened upon an undertaker with a coffin. The lawyer convinced the undertaker to wrap him in a shroud. “When the king passes, he shall see the coffin and take pity upon me and my family. He may even throw in a coin to help pay for the funeral.”
The undertaker agreed to help the lawyer for a share of the king’s reward. Later, as planned, the king passed and tossed a coin into the coffin. The lawyer sat up and said to the king, “You have denied my your wealth. Now I am in possession of it!”
The king said, “Nothing can you receive from me until you die. This is why it is said, ‘A man must die before he dies.’ The rewards come after “death”, not before.”
This version is a variation of a parable from the Fourth Book of the Mathnavi of Rumi, the mystic Sufi poet of 11th Century,
Dr. Scott Zarcinas is the Founder of Unlocking Your Life seminars. He is the author of numerous books, including Your Natural State of Being.