~ 187. Nasruddin and the King's Astrologers ~

"Tell me how long I will live!" the king shouted at his four royal astrologers.
"Five years!"
"Ten years!"
"A hundred years!"
"You will live forever!"
"These astrologers are all worthless," said the king. "Their numbers are too low or too high. Executioner, behead the four royal astrologers."
Then the king turned to Nasruddin. "Tell me what you think, Nasruddin: how long will I live?"
Nasruddin smiled. "An angel told me the answer to that question in a vision last night," he told the king. "Behold, said the angel, you and the king will die on the very same day!"

Inspired byThe World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #152 in the book.

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