There was once a king who wanted to be called, ‘Luminous and Noble Divinity’ by his subjects.
One day he discovered an old man who refused to use this title. The king sent for him and asked him why he refused to call him ‘Luminous and Noble Divinity’?
“I won’t call you that because I don’t see you that way,” said the old man. “It would not be sincere.” So the king sent him to prison.
A year later he asked him again “have you changed your mind?”
“I am sorry but I still do not see you that way”. So the old man was sent back to prison for another year and placed in the darkest cell with only bread and water but he did not change his mind.
The king was angry but curious. He decided to set the man free and to follow him in secret. The old man returned to his poor fisherman’s shack where he was welcomed with great joy by his wife.
The two talked and the king listened in hiding. The woman was giving out about the king for taking him away from her for two years and being so cruel to him but the old man was of a different mind. “He is not as bad as you think…he has looked after the poor, built roads and hospitals and made just laws.”
The king was impressed that the man bore him no grudge and on the contrary, spoke of his virtues. He felt deep remorse and came out of hiding crying and stood before the man and his wife. “I owe you a great apology. Despite what I have done you do not hate me”…the old man was surprised and said, “What I said was true, O Luminous and Noble Divinity. You are a good king.”
The king was astonished. “You now called me Luminous and Noble Divinity ….why? “Because you have changed and you are now able to ask for forgiveness”.