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Wer ist der König?

Once upon a time, Birbal was sent to the neighbouring kingdom as an ambassador. The king in the neighbouring kingdom had heard of the famous wit of Birbal. He wanted to test it himself.

In the evening, the King asked all of his ministers to come and see him. He gave every minister a set of his clothes and asked them to wear it the next day.


Es war einmal, als Birbal als Botschafter in das benachbarte Königreich geschickt wurde. Der König im Nachbarreich hatte von der berühmten Intelligenz Birbals gehört. Er wollte es selbst testen.

Am Abend bat der König alle seine Minister, ihn zu besuchen. Er gab jedem Minister ein Set seiner Kleidung und bat sie, es am nächsten Tag zu tragen.



The ministers wore the King’s clothes and came to court. The next day, Birbal came to the court and was surprised. There were twenty people all dressed exactly like the king in royal clothes.

Birbal walked across the first person and paused only for a second. Then he moved on to the second person and then the third person. Like this, Birbal walked across all the twenty people.


Die Minister trugen die Kleidung des Königs und kamen vor Gericht. Am nächsten Tag kam Birbal zum Gericht und war überrascht. Es gab zwanzig Leute, die alle genau wie der König in königliche Kleidung gekleidet waren.

Birbal ging über die erste Person und hielt nur eine Sekunde inne. Dann ging er zur zweiten Person und dann zur dritten Person. So ging Birbal über alle zwanzig Menschen.


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He bowed down to the fifteenth person and said, “My King, Akbar sends me to your kingdom to discuss about trade.”

The fifteenth person was the King. The King was very surprised and amazed.


Er verneigte sich vor der fünfzehnten Person und sagte: „Mein König, Akbar schickt mich in Ihr Königreich, um über den Handel zu diskutieren.”

Die fünfzehnte Person war der König. Der König war sehr überrascht und erstaunt.



He asked Birbal, “How did you know that I was the King? Have you seen me before?”

Birbal said, “No my King. I have never seen you before. There are two reasons. Of the twenty people here, the kind of confidence you exuded, no one else did. Everyone looked fearful and avoided my eyes. Only a true king would look straight into ones’ eyes. Secondly, you did not seek for anyone’s approval. Others kept looking at you for approval.”

The King gave Birbal a hug and gave him 100 gold coins as a reward.


Er fragte Birbal: „Woher wusstest du, dass ich der König bin? Hast du mich schon mal gesehen? “

Birbal sagte: „Nein, mein König. Ich habe Sie noch nie gesehen. Es gibt zwei Gründe. Von den zwanzig Menschen hier, die Art von Vertrauen, die Sie ausstrahlten, tat es niemand anderes. Alle sahen ängstlich aus und mieden meine Augen. Nur ein wahrer König würde einem direkt in die Augen sehen. Zweitens haben Sie niemanden um Zustimmung gebeten. Andere haben Sie immer wieder um Zustimmung gebeten.“

Der König umarmte Birbal und gab ihm 100 Goldmünzen als Belohnung.



Moral: Confidence always shows when one looks into the other persons eyes.


Moral: Vertrauen zeigt sich immer, wenn man den anderen in die Augen schaut.



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