Emperor's Dream - A Positive Analysis
Emperor Akbar once had a bad dream: All, except one, his teeth have fallen in quick succession. As he woke up from his sleep, he put his right fingers on his teeth, and found them intact. He felt himself relieved of the fear that he had lost his teeth.
However, Akbar wanted to have his dream verified by consulting the experts. The first thing in the morning that Akbar did was to consult his court astrologer who, in turn, brought a host of experts on the subject to interpret emperor's strange dream. There was a lot of debate on the influence of the dream on the emperor's life. All of them came finally to a single conclusion, which they established in an unequivocal language and pronounced their verdict in the following words:
"Mahabali, your dream the previous night has foreboding consequences on all your kith and kin: All will die before you!"
Hearing this, Akbar was in jitters, and he even forgot to offer them any gifts. They left the palace most disappointed.
Later in the day, emperor addressed the issue to Birbal:
"I am the most unfortunate man on earth that I shall see my kith and kin pass away before my own eyes."
Birbal wished to soothe his master's dismay. He kept himself silent for a while. Soon a flash came to his mind:
"Jahapana, I would like to read your dream in a different light", said Birbal.
"Tell me what is the flash in you," enquired the emperor.
Then Birbal replied:
"Whatever, science says it says in straightforward terms. But we have to take its meaning softly. I would rather say that you would live a longer and more fulfilled life than any one of your relatives."
Thereby, Akbar was relieved of his tension.
Hats off to Birbal, and his interpretation. He was able to make his master come out from sorrow. Such a positive approach to things of life will give us the best returns.
Akbar likes this positive approach in looking at a negative issue and rewarded him profusely.
Activity For the Young Mind
- Why do people have dreams?
- Could you describe the last dream you had? Do you think it was important? Why?
- Do you think dreams should be analysed?
- Is there any other way you would have helped Birbal analyse Akbar's dream?
- Do you know about the tooth fairy? If yes, write a small essay on a tooth fairy. If not, find out more about one.