Hikayat Number three, is logically enough, a description of the perfect ruler, who fears God and no one else.

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Copyright Translation of PritPal Singh Bindra

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Glory to God

God is the endower of all wisdom and justice.

(He) bestows bliss, living and ingenuity.(1)

(He) is benevolent and helper,

(He) disintegrates the bondage, and guides our thought.(2)

Listen now, the Tale of a kind man,

Who trampled the enemies in the dust.(3)

He, the King of China, was very shrewd and openhearted.

He elevated the poor but looked down upon the egoists.(4)

He was adept in the war and in all the (court) managements.

In swordsmanship, he was very swift in the movements of his hands.(5)

His masterly sword and gun actions were much proficient.

He was second to none in eating and drinking and, both, in his fighting feats and court manners,

You would think, ‘Could there be any one like him?’(6)

He was so much proficient in throwing the arrows and shooting the gun,

That you would reflect, he was trained in his mother’s abdomen.(7)

He had abundance of wealth.

He ruled over many counties through Karim, the Bountiful.(8)

(Abruptly) his kingdom was terminated.

And all his Ministers came and positioned themselves around him.(9)

(They asked), ‘Who could we endow the kingdom after you?

‘And on whose head the crown be replaced and royal canopy entrusted?(10)

‘Whom should we get out of his house?

‘And who should be delegated the power to rule?’(11)

When the King regained the cognisance, opened his both the eyes,

And uttered the words as per his protocol,(12)

‘The one who has no feet, no hands, no eyes and no tongue,

‘Neither shows cleverness, nor zeal, and possesses no fear.(13)

‘He has no anxiety, no wit, no lame excuses and no laziness.

‘Neither he can smell and see, nor can hear from both the ears.(14)

‘One who has such eight traits,

‘Enthrone him to run the righteous kingdom.’(15)

The wise man of the time was surprised to hear this.

To clarify he determined to ask again.(16)

He came in the court, pondered over thoroughly,

And tried to comprehend the (King’s) preposition.(17)

Walking left and right and moving around,

Suddenly, he brought the words out like the arrows from the bow.(18)

‘O, King! You are (man of) unconstrained thinking.

‘I am surprised at whatever you have remarked.(19)

‘If there is any worldly assignment of such magnitude,

‘It is sin to leave that to the world to handle (itself).(20)

‘Oh, the King of the earth and the seas!

‘How do you call these eight drawbacks as the virtues?(21)

‘Neither you have ever shown your back in the fight, nor abused any body.

‘You have never even pointed a finger at (the enemies) writ.(22)

‘Neither you have afflicted the friends, nor the enemies, to enjoy the comforts.

‘You never disappointed the seekers, nor let enemy unthrashed.(23)

‘You never let a scribe to write the vices,

‘And have always given prominence to the truth.(24)

‘You have never given a cause to your teacher to admonish you,

‘Why have you forgotten your good deeds?(25)

‘Be in your faculty. How can a person dispute the virtues associated with your name?(26)

‘Neither you have given disdainful looks to any woman,

‘Nor you have thought bad of any person’s work.(27)

‘You have not objected to the improper act of any man.

‘You have been always referring to the God, Almighty, in gratitude.’(28)

(The King Replied)

‘Look consciously, the one who is blind,

‘(He) is keeping his vision restrained from other’s vices.(29)

‘(The lame) has no feet to step into bad deeds, and, in the war,

he does not turn back like thousand others.(30)

‘Neither he goes to commit theft to cause distress to dissimilar,

‘Nor he goes out to take alcohol, nor does he execute cheating.(31)

‘(The mute) does not spell out bad words,

‘And does not desire to use ill-inflicting words.(32)

‘(He) does not interfere into other people affairs,

‘It is true, when one has impaired (hands),(33)

‘(He) does not handle the stolen goods,

‘Because he cannot stretch his hands to grab other person’s belongings.(34)

‘(He) does not wish to touch other people’s effects,

‘He does not bother his subject and the poor are not trodden.(35)

‘Neither he mishandles other person’s woman,

‘Nor he infringes with the independence of his subject.(36)

‘He does not defile his hands by accepting bribes.

‘Rather he raises them to put to dust the foes of the king.(37)

‘In the jungle he does not give chance to the enemy,

‘By throwing arrows and brandishing the sword.(38)

‘During the action he do not let the horses rest,

‘And does not let the enemy enter the country.(39)

‘The one who exists having no hands, is unblemished,

‘Because he cannot not indulge in the bad deeds.(40)

‘The one who does not use one’s tongue (negatively),

‘That tongue-less gets fame in the world.(41)

‘One who does not listen to the back-biting talks,

‘He is like a deaf-mute.(42)

‘The one who does not think the ill of any body even in adversity,

‘(He is) considered as worthy as your king.(43)

‘One who is not receptive to hear against any body,

‘He is without an ego and is of good nature.(44)

‘Except God, one who does not fear any body,

‘He treads upon the enemy eliminating him in the dust.(45)

‘He remains alert through out the battle,

‘And uses hands and feet to throw arrows and shoots guns.(46)

‘To do the justice, he always girds up his lions,

‘And remains meek in the company of the meek.(47)

‘Neither he depicts any hesitation during the war,

‘Nor he gets scared while facing gigantic enemies.(48)

‘If there has been such a dauntless person,

‘Who remains prepared for war remaining domesticated,(49)

‘And his operations are approved by people,

‘He is revered as the saviour king.’(50)

Thus he had spoken to the wise minister,

Who was intelligent enough to acquiesce to these exhortations.(51)


‘Adopt a person, who manifests wisdom,

‘Let him rule the earth by occupying the throne and crown.(52)

‘Endow him the throne and power to rule,

‘Provided he has the ability to recognise the public.’(53)

All the four sons were amazed to hear all this.

Who will pick the ball now? They pondered.(54)

One, whose intelligence supports him,

And whose desires are fulfilled.(55)

(The poet says),

“Oh! Saki, bring me the cup full of eyes-exhilarator,

Which restores the youthful vigour in a hundred year old.(57)

Tale Three - Completed

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