Friday, January 06, 2006

the tale of king bhartrihari

She who is always in my thoughts prefers
Another man, and does not think of me.
Yet he seeks for another's love, not hers;
And some poor girl is grieving for my sake.
Why then, the devil take
Both her and him; and love; and her; and me

- Bhartrihari

We saw earlier how King Shahryar dealt with disappointment in love. They say that Bhartrihari too was once a great king, and he too suffered a similar disappointment. So how did he respond? We shall hear his story soon.