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Who's prettiest of them all?

Do gems and solitaries make one look beautiful? Well, a women though so until the realisation dawned on her.
PTI | By Veena Minocha
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2004 05:12 PM IST

There was once a queen, who had a personal maid, who served her faithfully. While cleaning up the Queen's room, she would find pearls, or other gems, which had fallen off the queen's jewellery, and would restore them to her queen, in an honest attempt to be faithful.

One day, the queen decided to let her keep these little droppings of jewels, to reward her for her honesty. The woman was delighted, and started collecting these beautiful gems in a box at home.

One day, the woman's son came home to visit her, and she showed him her collection of the queen's gems. He was very impressed with them, and kept exclaiming over their beauty.

The boy's mother told him, "You must see the queen herself, to understand what true beauty is. She is always adorned with precious jewellery, from head to toe, making her look exquisite, and she must be the most beautiful woman in the world.

The boy fell silent, and went off into a deep reverie, trying to figure out who the most beautiful person in the world could be.

The next day when his mother went to his room to wake him up, he had disappeared. They conducted a thorough search of the locality with the help of all their friends, but the boy was nowhere to be found. They had to give up their search very sadly, but the mother was sure that her son would contact her some time or the other.

Many years later she received a letter form the son. It said that he had heard from his maternal uncle that the sun, the moon, the stars and the sky, were all the ornaments of God. If the queen, who wore such beautiful jewellery could become so beautiful, then God, who had the whole marvelous Creation to ornament His existence, had to be much more beautiful. So he had to set out in search of that God, who was All Beauty, and decorated with the magnificence of the sun, the moon, the stars and the sky!

Finally, when he knew that he had found God, he was so impressed with His magnificence, radiance and Charm, that he wrote about this experience to his mother.

The mother was thrilled to hear from her son, and even more thrilled to learn about his wise and brave decision to seek God, the Most Beautiful!

She blessed her son, and asked that she too, would follow the same path of wisdom and inquiry, to achieve what her little boy could achieve!

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