Alexander after fighting King Purushottam (King Porus) began his successful campaign to conquer India.

On one such quest he came across a sage meditating under a banyan tree.
Alexander had heard a lot of how revered and intelligent the sages of Indian subcontinent were and decided to test this particular sage’s intellect.

Alexander (lets call him A) : “So you sit here all day under this tree wearing practically nothing?”

Sage (S): Yes

A: What do you do for food?

S: If any passerby gives me I will eat. Else I will just sit here (and meditate)

A: Aren’t you ashamed of yourself? Do you not have any goal to achieve something in life?

S: What goal do you wish to achieve?

A: I will now conquer India and South East Asia!

S: Ok, after that what will you do?

A: I will then move to Australia and conquer that place!

S: Ok, after that?

A: Then I will move to Japan
(this went on till Alexander gave a detailed plan to conquer the world)

S: Ok, after conquering the world what do you wish to do?

A: I will sit peacefully on my throne!

S: That is exactly what I am doing now!
What you wish to achieve through a rigorous campaign, I have already achieved it.


Different people seek happiness in different ways. Some seek happiness in what they have. Some are ambitious and hard working and aspire more in their life.

If you enjoyed this short Story of Alexander, you should continue reading: The World as a Mirror from The Alchemist, The Gift of Understanding by Paul Villiard and the story of a father who left 17 camels as an asset for his three sons.