After conquering many kingdoms, when Alexander was returning home, on way back to his country he fell ill and his disease took him to his death bed. While on death bed he longed to be able to meet his mother before he die.
But he knew that his illness will not give him enough time to reach his distant homeland. At this point Alexander realized something so lying on bed helplessly waiting for his death he called his generals.
When generals came to him he said to them, “I have three wishes. Please carry them out without any fail after i die..”
Alexander continued, “My first desire is that.. My coffin must be carried by my physicians alone..
Secondly, the path leading to the graveyard must be paved with all the jewels and precious stones which i have collected in my treasury.
Third and my last wish is that my both empty hands must be kept dangling out of coffin..”
King felt exhausted after saying this. Generals who gathered around their King were not able to understand strange wishes of their king but no one dared to question.
So, one of the general’s who was close to King went to him, kissed his hand and said, “We assure you that your wishes will be fulfilled but please tell us why did you make such strange wishes??”
Alexander took a deep breath and said, “I would like world to know three lesson i just learned..
With my first wish i want people to know that no doctor can really cure any body from death. They are powerless and cannot save a person from clutches of death.
My second wish is to tell people that all my life i chased wealth and spent my life earning riches but i can not take anything with me. I want to let people know that it’s chasing wealth is waste of time.
And with my last wish i want to know people that i came empty handed into this world and will go out of this world empty handed..”
Alexander last words were, “When you bury my body.. don’t build any monument and keep my hands outside so that world knows that a person who won the whole world had nothing in his hands while dying..”