The King asked an old wise monk to write something down that could encourage the prosperity of his family for years to come.
It would be something that the family could cherish for generations.
On a large piece of paper, the old monk wrote. "Your majesty dies, the queen dies, the prince dies, the prince's son dies."
The King man became angry when he saw the monk's work. "I asked you to write something down that could bring happiness and prosperity to my family."
The King yelled."Why do you give me something depressing like this?"
"If your son should die before you," the monk answered, "this would bring unbearable grief to your family.
If your grandson should die before your son, this also would bring great sorrow.
If your family, generation after generation, disappears in the order I have described, it will be the natural course of life. This is true happiness and prosperity."