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A king produced his horoscope before an astrologer and asked him about his future.

The astrologer pondered the positions of the planets and consulted the Sastras and finally gave his verdict: O King, all your relatives will die before you, you will perform their obsequies with your own hands.”

The king became furious. He was very much attached to his relatives and could not tolerate such a verdict. The king at once ordered that the poor astrologer should be given imprisonment for life.

Then the king sent for another astrologer.

This man was more tactful than the first. He found that the previous astrologer’s readings were absolutely correct. So, he tactfully put the same truth the other way round. He said: “Maharaja, you have a very long life. You will live longer than all your relatives.” The same fact had been very tactfully told to please the king. The king was highly pleased with the astrologer and rewarded him generously.

Moral: It’s not what you see; but how you see it and, similarly, it’s not what you say but how you say it.

At times watching our thoughts can also watch our actions.

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