The Four Wives



There was a rich merchant who had four wives. He loved the fourth wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. He took great care of her and gave her nothing hut the best.

He also loved the third wife very much. He was very proud to her and always wanted to show her off to his friends. However, the mere hunt was always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.

He also loved his second wife. She was a considerate person, always patient and in fact was the merchants confidante. Whenever the merchant facet! some problems, he always turned to his second wife and she would always help him out and guide him through difficult times.

Now, the merchant's first wife was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household, However, the merchant did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply, he hardly took notice to her.

One day, the merchant fell ill. Before long, he knew that he knew going to die soon. He thought of his luxurious life and Told himself. "Now I have four wives with me. But when I die, I'll be alone. How lonely I'll be!"

Thus, he asked the fourth wife, "1 loved you most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep my company?"
"No way!" replied the fourth wife and she walked away without another word.

The answer cur like a sharp knife right into the merchant's heart. The sad merchant then asked the third wife, 'T have loved you so much all my life. Now dun I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company? 

"No!" replied the third wife. "Life is so good over here! I'm going to remarry when you die!" The merchant's heart sank and turned cold- He then asked the second wife, "I always turned to you for help and you have always helped me out. Now I need your help again. When 1 die, will you follow me and keep me company?”

"I'm sorry, I can t help you out this time!" replied the second wife, "At the very most, I can only send you to your grave.” The answer came like a bolt of thunder and the merchant was devastated.

Then a voice called out, I’ll leave with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go." The merchant looked up and there was his first wife. She was so skinny, almost as if she was suffering from malnutrition. Greatly grieved, the merchant said, "I should have taken much better care of you while I could have!" Actually, we all have four wives in our lives

The fourth wife is our body. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good, it'll leave us when we die. Our third wife? Our possessions, status and wealth. When we die they all go to others.

The second wife is our family and friends, No matter how close they had been there for us when we're alive, the furthest they can stay by us us up to the grave.

The first wife is in fact our deeds, often neglected in our pursuit of material, wealth and sensual pleasure.

Guess what? This is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go. Perhaps it's a good idea to cultivate and strengthen it now rather than to waif until we're on our deathbed to lament.

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