We have four wives but only one that is faithful

Apr 01, 2014

There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. He loved the 4th wife the most and took great care of her, giving her nothing but the best.

He also loved the 3rd wife very much. He was very proud of her but always in great fear that she might run away with some other men.

He too, loved his 2nd wife, in fact his confidante.

His 1st wife, a very loyal partner had made great contributions in 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 with 4 wives. But felt very lonely now!

He asked the 4 wife. ‘I loved you the most, showering you with the finest things in life. 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 3rd wife replied to the similar question from the dying Merchant. No! Life is so good over here! I’m going to remarry when you die!

And the rebuff from the second one was even sharper, I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time! At the very most, I can only send you to your grave.’

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 skinny wife.

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 one day when we die.

b. Our 3rd wife? 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.

This article was first published in the June-July edition of the Akram Vignan Magazine.