A god came to earth as man, to learn that he is a god.
The Education of a God : An Excerpt
Once upon a time a pious King and his wife wished for a son to rule the kingdom wisely, for they loved the people.
The being who chose to be born to the King and Queen was a god, whose education was not yet perfected. He chose to be born as the young prince to perfect his education for he wished to experience life as a human being again, and so he was born and was raised as the future ruler of the kingdom.
While he was being raised as a human being and temporarily forgetting himself a god who has not fully realized himself, everyone was watching him, including all of the teachers of a council. Thus he learned not only everything required for a future king, but his teachers in human form taught him also about other worlds. But as he took the form of a human being, he was thus limited by the form and everything it represented.
The council which monitors the education of the young prince agreed to test him on his 21st birthday and the king and the queen were informed by the sages in the palace that as the young prince would someday be king and rule the kingdom he must be wise, and so the test was prepared.
The King and Queen agreed to visit a neighboring kingdom as guests of that kingdom for a time period long enough for the sages in the palace to do the testing of the future king.
The queen was not happy but agreed to leave her son in the care of the sages.
On his 21st birthday, the palace was opened to everyone, princes and paupers alike. He was told that among the many guests he was to choose a few people whom he has no knowledge about and allow them to stay in the palace with him for a week following a three week celebration of his birthday where everyone was invited. As part of the test, he is to make all of his decisions on his own without counsel from anyone.
The celebration was joyous. The subjects were very pleased with the young Prince, and as he was raised by wise parents they were confident that he, too, would rule wisely.
Thus came the time when the guests he had chosen were to stay in the palace for a week, and the young Prince was to choose two from among his many guests and the two he chooses will live in the palace with him as part of his counsel, while everyone else would leave and go back to where they came from, enriched, in experience by having lived as a royal for the week.
The ten guests he chose were housed in the many rooms in the palace and wined and dined with the Prince, and all the week, everyone became his friend. At the end of the week they were to bid the Prince goodbye and go back to their old life.
The first one thought that since he is now the friend of the future king, he could take whatever he wanted from the palace. Thus he chose a golden goblet and took it with him along with a few gold coins. He had no intention of coming back to the palace, he would got to a far, far away place and enjoy his life. He would be a wealthy man. Thus with the help of two other guests he was able to conceal the stolen goods from everyone else when they left the palace, and they all agreed to meet in one place to share the loot. Thus for the sake of gold, he abandoned the friendship of the future King. As he was before, as he is now.
The second one was a Brahmin, like the King, and he thought he would just enjoy the company of the future king. Wealth meant nothing to him as he too was quite wealthy, and he expected to be invited as one of his counsel and enjoy life as the Prince’s counsel, but although he did not covet the prince’s wealth, he had contempt for the Prince whom he thought foolish. He imagined that as counsel to the King, he could then influence the future king’s decision and rule behind the throne. But the Prince could see through this plot and thus dismissed the man as well.
All others thanked the future prince and were ready to leave but the one question remained. What to do with the thief and his two cronies.
The future king knew of the theft, and at first he was really angry that his friendship was betrayed. The punishment for theft was cutting the hand of the thief, but as he stole from the future king after having been invited to wine and dine with him required that the three thieves be first tortured in a chamber.
While he had already made up his mind, he wanted to know what the others opinions were. All but one of the guests said the thief and his partners be beheaded immediately. One, said, “O future king. This man and his partners stole from you. What harm had he done? You have more riches than any one of us in the kingdom, for you will someday inherit the kingdom. I beg you let him go with mercy.”
The sages and teachers awaited his decision, for in it lies the key to his freedom as a god. Full knowledge of his being. At last the future King spoke. “Let them go and double what they stole from me, for I have more riches than anyone. And if they use it to do another human being a kindness, then perhaps someday they themselves will realize honor.”
And with this he realized the god that he is, and that his earthly travel was no more than a wish he had, and that his home was away from this place. And in that moment he exchanged places and faces with the merciful guest who was a gypsy, and away he left as one of the other guests. And the gypsy conceived himself to be the prince. And the Prince bid the other Brahmin to stay with him in the palace as a reflection of his own humanity.
When the King and Queen arrived they decided that it was time to crown the new King. And thus the king ruled wisely until his death and he had many wives and children and the kingdom flourished when the king was wise, and declined when the king was foolish, but the earth and its inhabitants remained.
And the god, came and went as he wished, now a woman, now a man, now a pauper, now a prince, just to visit the place where he had learned the meaning of kindness and of love and of justice, for at other times, he sat at the council in a place that most ordinary humans cannot conceive.
It was a point where space and time and objects, even galaxies, were created and uncreated at will.
© 2011 Melinda M. Sorensson
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|Reviewed by J Howard
|forgiveness lives through HIM, the King!|