King Solomon held audience of all birds save the Nightingale who was
missing. King Solomon sent off a bird with a letter reading: “Inform
the Nightingale that it is of utmost necessity for us to meet!”
Once the message reached the Nightingale—since it had never left its
nest—it held consultation with its companions: “The order of the
Solomon is true and the messenger did not lie, indeed a meeting is
required, If the King is out of the nest and ‘we’ are always in the
nest then the meeting is impossible. And moreover the King cannot fit
within the nest therefore there is no other way.”
One of the elders of the birds sang aloud: “Since the King does not fit
within the nest and ‘we’ have never left the nest, the only solution is
to leave the nest and come close to the King for a meeting. Otherwise
the meeting is impossible.”
Cast of the characters and elements of the story:
The King Solomon: the story is about holding audience with a King and
not an ordinary person.
Solomon sent a bird as a messenger.
Why it was of utmost necessity to meet with the Nightingale?
The Nightingale: what is the meaning that it never left the nest,
according to human experience?
Why a Nightingale i.e. why a songbird was used for the story?
Why did the King need to see the Nightingale, why not another bird
already in his presence?
Why or what caused the Nightingale to never leave the nest?
Who are his companions?
There was a doubt that the messenger-bird could be lying.
What is meant by ‘The King not fitting within the nest’?
How does the Nightingale’s inability to sort out the logic of ‘King not
fitting the nest thus it has to leave the nest for the meeting’ relates
to human spiritual experience?
Who is the elderly bird? Why it sang aloud? Of what nature is that
Why the final logical solution of leaving the nest was so unobvious?
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