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The king who relinquished his throne to teach a deserving student

An aging Brahmin was overwhelmed by his poverty. Without any wealth, he was respected neither by his relatives, nor his children nor his wife. All that he wanted was to find a way to earn enough wealth to win back his dignity and respect in the society and family.

He had heard a great many stories about the king name Dhrupad, who rewarded any person of distinguished knowledge handsomely. This Brahmin devised a cunning plan to swindle some money out of the benevolent king and the very next day; he began marching towards the capital.

On reaching the capital, he saw a long queue outside the king’s palace with way too many people seeking donations and grants. Since knowledge is not something the king could assess effortlessly, he spent hours conversing with them to decide the worthiness of the candidate Not surprisingly, it was to be a couple of days before this Brahmin could expect an audience with the king.

It was not that hard to await. The king and his minister had ensured stay, food, and bedding for all aspirants. There was also entertainment in the evenings where sage musicians and scholars of repute would present their towering skills and colossal knowledge in their respective fields. It was to be four days before this Brahman would get an audience.

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