A story for Self – Introspection

My sudden urge for reading NCERT books landed me to this link :



And from here I downloaded a few books.  Among them was the Honeycomb , a textbook in English for Grade 7. The first chapter of this book is a story called ‘Three Questions’ by Leo Tolstoy and this is also what my post is about!

The story is about a king who wants answers to three of his questions and therefore sends out his messengers throughout his kingdom, promising a large sum of money to anyone who would answer them. Many wise men come and answer differently. But their answers are not up to the standards. So, he decides to pay a visit to a hermit in his kingdom. Dressed up as an ordinary man, the king goes to the hermit’s hut, greets him and asks him those three questions-

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

  1. How can I learn to do the right thing at the right time?

  2. Who are the people I need the most?

  3. And what affairs are the most important?

Then, a series of things happen and finally when the king is about to leave, the hermit demonstrates his answers to those three questions in reference to the events that happen at his place.  The hermit’s reply to the three questions are:
“Remember, there is only one time that is important and that time is ‘Now’. It is the most important time because it is the only time we have any power to act.
The most necessary person is the person you are with at a particular moment, for no one knows what will happen in the future and whether we will meet anyone else.

The most important business is to do that person good, because we
were sent into this world for that purpose alone.”

When I recall the hermit’s answers, they leave me musing! I was overwhelmed, thinking about how since childhood we have been taught the way of living, still throughout our lives we keep wandering in search of those answers!

This story motivated me to do self- introspection and find the way to live life in a better way. By imbibing those answers of the hermit in our day to day lives, we can spread goodness and happiness around us.