Beauty lies in the Eyes of the Beholder
Akbar asked nine jewels to bring the most beautiful things…precious stones, etc., were bought. Birbal brought dirty children… Akbar asked why…Birbal replied…for his mother…most beautiful thing.
One day, Akbar the Great gathered his nine jewels, that is, his nine cleverest ministers, and asked each one of them to produce before him the most beautiful thing they could find. Some brought precious, glittering stones and others brought flowers with the first dew-drops on them. However, when Birbal’s turn came, he pushed forward a dirty, ragged-looking child.
“What is the meaning of this?” demanded Akbar.
“My Lord,” said Birbal, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. For this child’s mother, he is the most beautiful thing in the world.”
Akbar and all the courtiers were very impressed at Birbal’s wisdom and bowed before him with respect.