The King & The Humble Maiden

The King & The Humble Maiden

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere, they are in each other all along.
~ Rumi

There once was a king who loved a humble maiden. This king was so powerful and well established that he could not marry her without being forced to abdicate. If he were to marry her, the king knew he would make her forever grateful.

It occurred to him, though, that something would be wanting in her happiness; she would always admire him and thank him but she would not be able to love him, for the inequality between them would be too great and she would never be able to forget her humble origin and her debt of gratitude.

So he decided upon another way: instead of making her queen he would renounce the kingship. He would become a commoner and then offer her his love. In doing this he realized that he was taking a great risk. He was doing something that would be foolish in the eyes of most people in his kingdom, perhaps even in her eyes. He would lose the kingship.
And he also might be rejected by her, especially if she were disappointed at not becoming a queen.

Yet, he decided to take this risk. It was better, he believed, to risk everything in order to MAKE LOVE POSSIBLE.

  • Vicki
    Posted at 15:58h, 15 July Reply

    Thank you for offering this story. It points to a lifestyle…. how I may make Love possible as well… through practice and patience.

  • Maria
    Posted at 19:42h, 07 August Reply

    It’s hard to imagine someone would go to that extreme to make love possible. Admirable.

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