Once upon a time there was a warrior who dreamed of ruling the whole world. He had already occupied most of the territories during his struggle but before he could conquer the last and the liveliest place in his way he experienced something unexpected.
The night before he was destined to attack the last state, he met the angel of death. His time was over, the angel acknowledged him. The warrior got upset. 'His dream would remain unrealized' he thought. So he pleaded the angel to leave him alive for one day so that his name could be engraved, as a conqueror of the world, forever.
The angel proposed him a deal. "Either you accept your death now or never;" the angel declared. The warrior drenched in his pride, accepted the deal.
The next day the warrior with his army marched to that last state left to be conquered just to witness a population standing there in his way - unarmed - ready to defend there homeland with their lives. The warrior was surprised to see this state of patriotism by mere men and women. He warned them of fatal consequences in case they resisted from subjugation. But still nobody moved an inch backward. They declared that they will not let anyone rule their homeland, such as him. “Man like you knows nothing about Love and you have lost your mind in the abyss of power. And no one with such traits will be allowed to rule our lives as we are the people knowing the importance of peace and love.” They announced.
The warrior didn't heed to their words and warned them for the last time. Just about then a man appeared from among the people and proposed him an option. He said, "We will let you rule us but not before you come to live with us for three days. And after that nobody will be a resistance in your way." The warrior agreed at once.
The place was beautiful and so were the hearts of the people living there. After living there for 3 days the warrior had a complete transformation. In those three days He realized the importance of love and peace for the heart of a man. And so he dismissed his decision of ruling this place and wanted to live here among these people in midst of the beauty of nature that he understood just then.
Before he could live there for a month he urged to leave this place. His redemption of his unjustly thought actions was done. And there was nothing else he could lose; so he decided to leave this place. 'My heart is a warrior and there is much difference between the heart of a Warrior and the heart of a Lover.' he thought.
He left the place and went to a far away mountain to live - alone. He lived there for hundreds of years and the angel of death didn't appear ever. And he realized the mistake he did years ago when the angel had come to take his life. When he faced the utter loneliness he would regret it. And at that very time he understood that GOD has the best plane for His men.
Now that years passed away whenever he evoked the past he learnt that the man who proposed him to live with them for 3 days, he was the same angel of death he met during the night. Though he is immortal but he also didn't had the lust to live. And at that very time he understood the very basic thing about life and death:
Death is as essential for life as living it.We are born with an ambition because God wants it. He is the greatest planner. We are born to live life and we die because it is the greater plan of God. The world changes with every second. When we are born we start learning new things everyday. And there we realize, in our life towards death, that once our quest is done we have to return to our GOD. And that's what compelled the warrior to regret upon his mistake. He had conquered many territories but now the world has changed. And this changed world is no more livable for an old man like him. He is old now - indeed very old.His legacy is there in the books but that's all that he wasn't concerned with. He didn't had new challenges. He has been through all the challenges he was destined to face. And now he wanted to die. And now ,that mistake he committed years ago, engulfed him everyday. Even today he could remember one thing that the angel disguised as man, said to him during his stay of 3 days: “If a man happens to find strength that’s beyond his control, then one day he will harm his own self.”
(The Fallen Apple ~ Aamir Khan Khattak)