The kingdom of this world

By Paulo Coelho

An old hermit was once invited to go to the court of the most powerful king of the age.

‘I envy a holy man like you, who contents himself with so little,’ remarked the king.

‘I envy Your Majesty, who contents himself with even less than me,’ replied the hermit.

‘How can you say that when the whole of this country belongs to me?’ said the king, offended.

‘For precisely that reason. I have the music of the celestial spheres, I have the rivers and the mountains of the entire world, I have the moon and the sun, because I have God in my heart. All Your Majesty has, on the other hand, is this kingdom.’

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