Akbar is Greater than God
Once a merchant came to Akbar’s court and praised him a lot as he wanted to Akbar to sign a trade agreement with a neighboring country. He was praising him a lot as he wanted to impress him, but in a short while he noticed that the Emperor was not impressed at all with his praises. So he thought of another way to impress him. He shouted – “O Emperor, You are greater than even God.” and sat quietly to notice the effect of his words.
Birbal was also listening to all this and was anticipating some kind of trouble out of this praise. So his brain stated working ahead of time for its solution.
Akbar was very furious at the merchant’s words. He was a very religious man and he did not like all this at all that somebody should tell him that he was greater than the God Himself who was the greatest of the all. But he liked the healthy discussions. He had got an opportunity to break a discussion on this issue, so he said to his courtiers – “Did you all hear this man saying that I am greater than the God Himself? If this is so, then tell me why is it so?” After having said this he waited for the arguments of his courtiers regarding this statement.
Now how a king could be greater than God? His courtiers were silent in fear. This was a tricky question for them. Neither they could say Yes nor they could say No. One by one they bent their heads down.
After a while Akbar turned to his favorite Minister Birbal and asked him – “Birbal, What do you say in this regard?” Birbal immediately said – “He is right, Jahaanpanaah. You are greater than God.” Akbar got stunned hearing this, he asked him again – “How Birbal, How is it possible that I am greater than God Himself. Explain me. Are you trying to impress me with your lies?”
Birbal said – “No Huzoor, No. Why should I lie to you? You are indeed greater than God, because there is one thing you can do but God can’t.”
“And what is that?” Akbar asked.
“God cannot banish anybody from His kingdom, because the whole Universe is His kingdom; but you can do it easily.”
Akbar couldn’t help bursting out laughing and said – “Birbal, You are the best, as always.”
And he banished that merchant.
Once Akbar went for hunting, and there his ring fell in a dry well. Now how to take that ring out. They did not have any means to take it out. Then Birbal said, “Huzoor, if you give me some time I can take your ring out of this well. Akbar had no alternative, so he permitted him.
Birbal went around and brought some fresh cow dung and threw it on the ring. He then tied a stone on one end of a string, and holding the other end in his hand threw the stone on the cow dung. He waited for a long time – for the cow dung to be dried, and then pulled the string out of the well. The string brought the stone, the stone was stuck into cow dung and the cow dung had the Emperor’s ring at its bottom.
Akbar got very happy with Birbal’s intelligence.
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.
Akbar was very upset by this interpretation and so sent away all the astrologers without any reward.
Later that day, Birbal entered the court. Akbar related his dream and asked him to interpret it. After thinking for a while Birbal replied that the Emperor would live a longer & more fulfilled life than any of his relatives.
Akbar was pleased with Birbal’s explanation and rewarded him handsomely.