A Thought-Provoking Story                      1
On his   deathbed, a    monarchrealizes crucial lessons about       life.         2
After conquering  many kingdoms,  the great Greekking Alexander was  returning home    when he fell    seriously ill.    N...
With death staring him in the face, Alexander realizedhow his conquests, his great army, his sharp sword andall his wealth...
All he wanted then was to gohome, see his mother’s face and bid her a fond farewell                       5
But knowing that hewould not have time to   reach his distant     homeland, he    summoned his   generals and told        ...
With tearsflowing downtheir cheeks,  all his mencould do was      nod.    7
“My first desire is that my physicians   alone must carry my coffin,”            the king said.                            8
After a long pause, the king continued, “When my coffin is being carried to the grave,  the path leading to the graveyard ...
Quite exhausted by then,            he said softly:“Finally, after I’m gone, let both my  hands dangle out of my coffin.” ...
The people who had gathered around the    king wondered about his strangerequests. But no one dared ask about the         ...
Alexander’s favorite general then kissed his hands and pressed them to his heart.“I assure your highness thatyour wishes w...
At this the ailing monarch took a deep breath and said: “I wouldlike the world to know the three   lessons I have just lea...
“I want my physicians to carry my coffinbecause people should realize that nodoctor can cure every ailment.   Doctors cann...
“Strewing gold, silver  and other riches alongthe path to the graveyard     will serve to remind    everyone that I might ...
“As for the final wish to leave my hands danglingout of the coffin, I want people to know that I came empty-handed into th...
The End          Reflection          • Life is uncertain but          death is certain.          • I have to train and    ...
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Alexander's Last Wishes

  1. 1. A Thought-Provoking Story 1
  2. 2. On his deathbed, a monarchrealizes crucial lessons about life. 2
  3. 3. After conquering many kingdoms, the great Greekking Alexander was returning home when he fell seriously ill. Nothing hisgenerals did could cure him. 3
  4. 4. With death staring him in the face, Alexander realizedhow his conquests, his great army, his sharp sword andall his wealth were of no value to him as he lay waiting to breathe his last. 4
  5. 5. All he wanted then was to gohome, see his mother’s face and bid her a fond farewell 5
  6. 6. But knowing that hewould not have time to reach his distant homeland, he summoned his generals and told them:“I will depart from this world soon. I have three wishes which you must carry out without fail.” 6
  7. 7. With tearsflowing downtheir cheeks, all his mencould do was nod. 7
  8. 8. “My first desire is that my physicians alone must carry my coffin,” the king said. 8
  9. 9. After a long pause, the king continued, “When my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard should bestrewn with the gold, silver and precious stones which I have in my treasury.” 9
  10. 10. Quite exhausted by then, he said softly:“Finally, after I’m gone, let both my hands dangle out of my coffin.” Hand 10
  11. 11. The people who had gathered around the king wondered about his strangerequests. But no one dared ask about the rational behind them. 11
  12. 12. Alexander’s favorite general then kissed his hands and pressed them to his heart.“I assure your highness thatyour wishes will be fulfilled. But why?” 12
  13. 13. At this the ailing monarch took a deep breath and said: “I wouldlike the world to know the three lessons I have just learnt.” 13
  14. 14. “I want my physicians to carry my coffinbecause people should realize that nodoctor can cure every ailment. Doctors cannot save a person from theclutches of death. So let not people take life for granted.” 14
  15. 15. “Strewing gold, silver and other riches alongthe path to the graveyard will serve to remind everyone that I might have spent my life accumulating riches, but I cannot even take a piece of gold with me when I die. So let people realize thatit is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth.” 15
  16. 16. “As for the final wish to leave my hands danglingout of the coffin, I want people to know that I came empty-handed into this world and I will leave the same way.” With these words, the king closed his eyes as death conquered him. 16
  17. 17. The End Reflection • Life is uncertain but death is certain. • I have to train and purify the mind. • I have to let go of attachments, greed, hatred and delusion With Metta, Bro. Oh Teik Bin 17
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