Today’s story – Three words or less One day Akbar asked his courtiers if they could tell him the difference between truth and false in just Three words or less. The courtiers looked at one another in bewilderment.
“What about you, Birbal?” asked the emperor. “I’m surprised that you too are silent.”
“I’m silent because I want to give others a chance to speak,” replied Birbal.
“Nobody else has the answer, so go ahead and tell me the difference between truth and false — in three words or less.” said Akbar.
“Four Fingers,Your Majesty,” said Birbal.
“Four fingers?” the emperor was perplexed.
“That’s right, the distance between one’s eyes and one’s ears is the width of four fingers and that’s the difference between truth and false, your Majesty,” said Birbal.
“That is right,” said Akbar. “But what do you mean by saying the difference is four fingers?’
“Your Majesty,what you see with your own eyes is the truth. What you hear sometimes may not be true. More often, it’s likely to be false and that’s the distance one has to cover to find the truth or false. The distance between one’s eyes and one’s ears is the width of four fingers means believe your eyes and not your ears, cover the distance of these four fingers to unfold the truth,” explained Birbal. Everyone including Akbar in court was astonished at Birbal’s reply.