Once Akbar wanted to test his courtiers. He put a question to all of them.Akbar asked “What is the thing that travels fastest in the world?” One of the courtiers said “Bullock cart”. Another said “ wind”. Yet another said “Light”. Akbar was waiting for Birbal’s answer. Birbal said “Your majesty! The thoughts in the mind are the fastest to travel.In a moment you are in this court and your next thought can be anywhere else in this world. So, thought is the fastest thing in the world.” Everyone was very surprised at Birbal’s wisdom. Akbar was proud of Birbal’s wisdom and rewarded him suitably.
One day two merchants named Ramu and Shamu came to Akbar’s court. Ramu spoke first. He said “Your Majesty! This is my friend Shamu. I had given him my treasure before going on business work to another town. After returning from there when I ask him to return that, he says that I never gave him anything.” Shamu said “No Your Majesty! You can check my house, Ramu never gave me any treasure. He is lying.” Akbar told his soldiers to check Shamu’s house in the evening. The soldiers did not find anything. Ramu ang Shamu were again in the court the next day. Akbar said “we could not find anything in Shamu’s house. So, Ramu must be lying.” Ramu said “No sir, I am not lying.” Birbal was listening and said “ Your Majesty! Give me a chance to solve this case. Actually I have found the treasure and I have kept in my house. I will submit it in the court tomorrow.” Everyone was surprised. The court was adjourned. Ramu and Shamu left to their respective houses. Birbal asked the soldiers to follow Shamu in disguise. Shamu went home and after sometime he came out. He went into a forest and dug a place near a big Banyan tree. He took out a big bag in which there were ornaments. Immediately the soldiers arrested him. They produced him in the court before the king. Birbal said “Your Majesty! Yesterday I lied to you. I did not find any treasure. I wanted to find out whether Shamu was innocent. But, when I said so, Shamu became anxious and went and checked the place for treasure where he had really hidden the treasure. So please arrest Shamu and handover this treasure to Ramu.” Akbar was very happy with Birbal.
One day two women came to the court with a baby. Both of them were crying. Akbar said”What is your problem? Why are you crying?” One of the women said ”Your Majesty! I am Sita and she is Gita. This is my baby. But Gita says that my baby belongs to her.” Gita interrupted “No your Majesty! This is my baby. I have given birth to her.” Saying so both of them started crying and quarelling. As both of them did not belong to this town, there was nobody who knew them. Everone looked at Birbal. Birbal whispered something to the soldier. He went and came back with a sword. Birbal said to the women “As both of you claim to be the mother of this child, I have decided to give it to both of you . I will cut this baby into half abd give both of you.” Saying so, he raised the sword to cut the baby. Sita came running to Birbal and held his hand. Sita said “Please spare my baby. Let Gita have this baby. Do not kill the baby.” Birbal handed over the baby to Sita and said “No mother wants to have her baby killed. She does not want to cause harm to her innocent baby. So, Sita reacted immediately while Gita did not. Hence Sita only can be this child’s mother.” Gita was arrested. Everone gave a standing ovation to Birbal.
One day a person from neighboring kingdom came to Akbar’s court. He wanted to test Birbal as his popularity was widespread .He requested Akbar to allow him to give a task to Birbal. Akbar was very confident about Birbal and hence agreed. The person showed everyone in the court a small stick.He asked Birbal to make it a long stick. Everyone was very surprised. “how is that possible?” Akbar looked at Birbal. Birbal came forward and took another similar stick. He broke this stick into a size smaller than the stick brought by the person. He kept both the sticks beside each other. He asked everyone including the person “ Which is the long stick?” Everyone said that the stick brought by the person is the long stick . Birbal smiled and said to the person “see I have made the stick brought by you longer.” Everyone including the person praised Birbal for his wisdom.
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