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Power of Wisdom

Birbal handled a conspiracy in a way that left an unforgettable lesson for his enemies

By Ainy AbrahamPublished about a month ago 3 min read
Top Story - April 2024
Power of Wisdom
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As we all know, Birbal was not only Emperor Akbar’s favorite minister but also loved by most of the commoners. People used to come to him from far and wide for advice on personal matters.

Emperor Akbar

However, there was a group of ministers who were jealous of his growing popularity and disliked him. They on the face showered him with praise and compliments, but on the inside, they began a plot to kill him.


One day they approached the king’s barber with a plan. As the barber was extremely close to the king, they asked him to help them remove Birbal once and for all. They promised him a huge sum of money in return. The wicked barber readily agreed.

The next time Akbar called the barber to have a haircut. Barber started a conversation about the emperor’s father who he also used to serve. He sang praises of his fine, silky-smooth hair. And then as an afterthought, he asked the king if had he attempted to do anything for the welfare of his ancestors.

The King did not like this stupidity and told the barber that it was not possible to do anything because they were already dead.

The barber mentioned that he knew of a magician who could help. The magician could send a person up to heaven to enquire about his father’s welfare.

But of course, this person would have to be chosen carefully; he would have to be intelligent enough to follow the magician’s instructions as well as make on-the-spot decisions. He must be wise, intelligent, and responsible. The barber then suggested the best person for the job — the wisest of all ministers, Birbal.

The king was very excited about hearing from his dead father. He asked the barber to go and make the arrangements immediately. He asked him what needed to be done.

The barber explained that they would take Birbal in a procession to the burial grounds and light a pyre. The magician would then chant some ‘mantras’ as Birbal would ascend to the heavens through the smoke. The chanting would help protect Birbal from the fire.

The king happily informed Birbal of this plan. Birbal said that it was a brilliant idea and wanted to know the brain behind it. On learning that it was the barber’s idea, he agreed to go to heaven on the condition that he be given a large sum of money for the long journey as well as one month to settle his family so that they had no trouble while he was gone. The king agreed to both conditions.

In this month, he got a few trustworthy men to build a tunnel from the funeral grounds to his house. And on the day of the ascension, after the pyre had been lit, Birbal escaped through the concealed door of the tunnel. He disappeared into his house where he hid for a few months while his hair and beard grew long and unruly.

In the meantime, his enemies were rejoicing as they thought that Birbal would never return. Then one day after many, many months Birbal arrived at the palace with news of the king’s father. The king was extremely pleased to see him. Birbal told the king that his father was in the best of spirits and had been provided with all the comforts except one.

The king wanted to know what was lacking because now he thought he had found a way to send things and people to heaven. Birbal answered that there were no barbers in heaven, which is why even he was forced to grow a beard. He said that his father had asked for a good barber.

So the king decided to send his barber to serve his father in heaven. He called both the barber and the magician to prepare to send him to heaven. The barber could say absolutely nothing in his defense as he was caught in his trap. And once the pyre was lit he died on the spot.

Nobody dared to conspire against Birbal again.

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Ainy Abraham

Listening to stories has always captivated me. Now, I want to share my thoughts through my stories.

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  • Ameer Bibi27 days ago

    I appreciate this story for its clever and entertaining plot, showing Birbal's quick thinking and wisdom in overcoming problems . It teaches us valuable lessons about intelligence, integrity, and the results of jealousy.

  • Anna 29 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • This is my favorite Birbal story of all. Great job Ainy! And congrats for Top Story!!

  • Komal Chavan30 days ago

    Nice story

  • Carol Townendabout a month ago

    This is a unique story, and your authentic voice shines through it. I enjoyed reading it. Your use of descriptive words is excellent. Well done on your Top Story.

  • Ameer Bibiabout a month ago

    Congratulations, dear, for the top story; it was full of wisdom, and we are fans of the Birbal series.

  • angela hepworthabout a month ago

    Congrats on top story!

  • D. D. Leeabout a month ago

    This is pretty good! Congrats on Top Story!

  • TheSpinstressabout a month ago

    Brilliant! 😁 Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Alex H Mittelman about a month ago


  • M.B Hesperia about a month ago

    Yeyyyy Long live Birbal , my favorite fiction character. Enjoyed it.

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