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The Four Wives
« on: June 15, 2007, 04:56:42 AM »
There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives.

He loved the 4th wife the most and
adorned her with
rich robes and treated her to
delicacies. He took
great care of her and gave her nothing
but the best.

He also loved the 3rd wife very much.
He's very proud
of her and always wanted to show off her
to his
friends. However, the merchant is always
in great
fear that she might run away with some
other men.

He too, loved his 2nd wife. She is a
very considerate
person, always patient and in fact is
the merchant's
confidante. Whenever the merchant faced some
problems, he always turned to his 2nd
wife and she
would always help him out and tide him
through
difficult times.

Now, the merchant's 1st wife is a very
loyal partner
and has 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 of her.

One day, the merchant fell ill.

Before long, he knew that he was going
to die soon.
He thought of his luxurious life and
told himself,
"Now I have 4 wives with me. But when I
die, I'll be
alone. How lonely I'll be!"

Thus, he asked the 4th wife, "I 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 me company?"

"No way!" replied the 4th wife and she
walked away
without another word.

The answer cut like a sharp knife right
into the
merchant's heart.

The sad merchant then asked the 3rd
wife, "I have
loved you so much for all my life. Now
that I'm
dying, will you follow me and keep me
company?"

"No!" replied the 3rd 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 2nd wife, "I always
turned to you
for help and you've always helped me
out. Now I need
your help again. When I die, will you
follow me and
keep me company?"

"I'm sorry, I can't help you out this
time!" replied
the 2nd 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 like she
suffered from
malnutrition.

Greatly grieved, the merchant said, "I
should have
taken much better care of you while I
could have!"...

Actually, we all have 4 wives in our lives

a. The 4th 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.

b. Our 3rd wife is Our possessions,
status and
wealth. When we die, they all go to others.

c. The 2nd 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 is up
to the grave.

d. The 1st wife is in fact our soul,
often neglected
in our pursuit of material, wealth and
sensual
pleasure.

Guess what?

It is actually the only thing that
follows us wherever
we go. Perhaps it's a good idea to
cultivate and
strengthen our soul now rather than to
wait until
we're on our deathbed....

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Re: The Four Wives
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2010, 05:56:51 PM »
Makapahinuklog nga pasumbingay. Ug salamat nga pasumbingay ra diay ang bahin sa upat ka asawa nga usa ray maunongon...

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