167. Tenalirama and the King

King Krishnadevaraya invited everyone in the city to a royal feast.
Young Tenalirama pushed his way to the front of the crowd to listen to the king's guru.
"What you see is only what you think you see," intoned the guru. "All differences are Maya, thought-illusion. Seeing, hearing, tasting: it is all in your mind."
Tenalirama laughed loudly.
"Why are you laughing, boy?" asked the king.
"I was just thinking that I'll gladly eat the guru's portion at the feast," Tenalirama replied. "I'll taste the food while he thinks about it."
The king laughed and made Tenalirama his royal jester.

Inspired byThe Wit of Tenali Raman by Devika Rangachari
Notes: This story is on p. 11 of the book.

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