Long time ago in the city of Kshitipratisthit, there was a king
named Ritumardan. His wife, Madanarekha, was a very devoted and
religious queen. She gave birth to a baby girl and named her Mairavati.
The princess was beautiful and bright. As she grew older, the
king arranged for her general education, while the queen took
care of her spiritual teachings.
day, when the court was in session the queen asked Mairavati to
attend the court. She was dressed in her finest robe and jewelry.
Her father, Ritumardan, had her sit on the throne with him. The
king asked his courtiers, "Does anyone in this world have
as much wealth as I do?"
courtiers answered, "Your Majesty, we can not even think
of that much wealth, even in a dream, let alone having it. Nobody
else in this world has as much wealth as you do."
princess disagreed and said, "There may be many other kings
who have in their possession equal or more treasures. We should
not brag about what we have.” The king overlooked this comment.
asked another question, "With whose grace are you all happy?
courtiers replied, "By your grace, Your Majesty. There is
no doubt about it."
princess again disagreed. She said, "What is wrong with you
all? You do not have to flatter him. You know, what we receive
is due to our own karmas. Father, if you think you can make everyone
happy, then why don't you make everybody happy on the same level
as yours? That is impossible and what is happening is nothing
but the result of everybody's own karmas."
king became outraged and shouted, "Crazy girl! Why are you
talking to me like this? Who taught you such things? You know
that I can make a poor man rich or the rich man a poor man. If
you agree with me, I will have you marry a prince, but if you
disagree I will marry you to a poor guy and you will see how your
princess replied calmly to her father, "You are mistaken.”
She continued, "If I do not have good karmas in my favor,
then even the best of the grooms chosen for me can turn into a
beggar. We should not brag as if we can do anything and everything."
king was very upset. He ordered his guards, "Go and find
the poorest, the meanest, and the ugliest man, and I will have
her marry him. I want to see how her karmas save her."
princess stayed calm. The king's men found a leper and brought
him to the court. His ears were rotten, nose flat, and his fingers
were oozing pus all over the place. The king was very happy with
their choice. He told the princess, "Defiant girl! It is
my order that you marry him."
princess married him without any hesitation. She slowly got down
and accepted this man as her husband. Everybody in the court was
stunned. The king was satisfied with his actions. The princess
was asked to remove her precious clothes and jewelry and was ordered
to leave the city. Princess and her husband left the city.
princess was as happy as ever before. She never regretted what
she had told her father. She had full faith in her religious belief.
They walked the whole day and later in the evening, they took
shelter in a temple. The leper was very moved by her. He told
her, "I know what your father did was not right and it is
not easy for a royal girl to marry a leper. You should disregard
our marriage and marry another man of your choice.”
princess told him, "Why are you talking to me like this?
I have accepted you as my husband and I am happy with my choice.”
She continued, "Wealth, health, beauty and comfort or discomfort
are all the results of our karmas. We should not feel happy or
unhappy by that. The karmas change and their results change. So,
let us not worry about that."
leper was very impressed by her reply and started to admire the
princess. He thought, "What a noble woman! How strong her
religious beliefs are! " As the sun set, the leper fell asleep.
princess was still awake doing prayer. She noticed an old woman
with a young man approaching them. The old woman told the princess,
"I know what happened to you. I did not like your father's
behavior, and I have come to help you. I have brought with me
a young man who is handsome and you should leave that leper and
marry this young man. You will be happy with him."
princess told the old woman, "Madam, I am married to this
man with my own wish and with the consent of my father and I am
not backing out. A woman marries only once. He may be a leper
but for me he is the king of the kings, my king."
old woman became angry and said, "If you take my advice,
you will be happy, otherwise I will kill you.” The princess
started uttering the Namokär Mantra. At once, a miracle happened.
There was neither the leper nor the old woman. Instead, a divine
person stood in front of her. The Leper had turned into Manikchand,
and he said "I am Manikchand, the king of the city named
Manipur on the Vaitädhya hill. Once I heard someone say,
are black everywhere,
Parrots are always green,
Happy are happy everywhere,
Misery, the wretched are in!"
I decided to test this. Therefore, I changed myself into a leper
to find this out. The king's men picked me up. You proved that
real happy person could be happy in any situation. You are truly
honorable and praiseworthy. How lucky I am to have you as my wife
and my queen."
princess did not know if this was a dream or if it was for real.
She still stood confidant in her belief that purity always shines.
The princess showed her gratefulness to the divine person, her
husband and accepted that this also happened because of her karmas.
They lived happily ever after.
are a number of key themes implied in this story. First is that
happiness or misery is a state of mind regardless of the situation
that one is in. If you think you are miserable, then you will
be miserable. So many people in life are unhappy today even though
they have so many luxuries, love, health, and freedom that many
less fortunate souls only dream of. This is why many people with
less material wealth enjoy more happiness and lead more meaningful
lives than do the well to do. Full faith in the theory of karma
is essential to a state of contentment and happiness. Second,
key message is that of faithfulness to one’s spouse. The
princess’s belief and commitment to the institution of marriage
is admirable. The message is that we as human beings should respect
our spouses and stay committed to them until we move to another