FIRE has two aspects-Flame and Light. Thought has two
aspects-destructive and constructive. The former has its roots in
Envy, the latter in Hope. The flame of Envy will consume the inner
strength. The light of Hope will illumine darkenss.
Once, Emperor Akbar drew a line and said to the courtiers around
him, “Who can make this line shorter without rubbing or even
The Court was mystified. How could the line be made shorter without
being partially rubbed out? Men who are trained and accustomed to
think in terms of destruction cannot think of rising to greater
heights without lowering others.
Birbal stood up. Akbar reminded him of the condition the line must
be made shorter without being touched.
“Yes, Your Majesty,” replied Birbal, bowing with reverence. Then he
stepped out, coolly drew a line parallel to the original, but much
longer. The Emperor’s line was obviously much shorter in comparison
with Birbal’s! The spectators gasped with admiration.
Success lies in a constructive effort to rise above other; not in
destroying those who are higher than you.