Salt Fairy

Salt Tales

Once upon a time, in the days of old, when fleas were barbers and camels were town criers, while I was gently rocking my mother's cradle... They say, "tıngır elek, tıngır felek", and they narrated this tale. Once, there was a sultan with three daughters. One day, the sultan gathered his daughters and asked, "How much do you love me?" The eldest said, "As much as the worlds...", the middle one said, "As much as a hug...", and the youngest said, "As much as salt..." The sultan was infuriated by the youngest's answer, exclaiming, "Is one loved as much as salt?" and subsequently handed his youngest daughter over to the executioner. The executioner, tasked with killing her, took her to the mountain. The girl pleaded with the executioner, "You are a father too, don't harm me!" The executioner, moved by her pleas, killed an animal instead, dipped the girl's shirt in the animal's blood, and presented it to the sultan as evidence of her death. The youngest daughter then wandered far away. She traveled far and wide until she reached a village. There, she became a servant to one of the wealthy families, grew up, and became a beautiful woman. Her beauty was talked about from town to town, and as fate would have it, she married a prince from another kingdom. After some time, she told her husband about her past and suggested, "Let's invite my father for a meal." Her husband agreed. All necessary arrangements were made, and the sultan, her father, was invited to the feast. As the sultan and his entourage sat at the table, the courses began arriving one after another. However, the girl had instructed her chef to prepare all the meals without salt. The sultan tried to eat, but he couldn't enjoy any of the dishes because they lacked salt. At that moment, the young daughter stood up from the sultan's table and said, "Sire, I heard that you had your youngest daughter killed because she said she loved you 'as much as salt'." Without allowing the sultan to respond, she declared, "That young girl is me." She added, "I ordered all the food to be made without salt so that you could understand my worth." The sultan, ashamed, embraced his daughter, realizing the true value of salt. From then on, a new era began. They lived happily ever after, and so should we leave their story.


Moral of the Story...

An Indian old master, tired of his apprentice's constant complaints about everything, one day sent the apprentice to buy salt. The apprentice, who was unhappy with everything in his life, returned and the old master told him to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and drink it. The apprentice did as told but immediately spat it out. When asked by the old master, "How does it taste?" the apprentice angrily replied, "Bitter." The master chuckled, took the apprentice by the arm, and led him outside. They went quietly to a nearby lake, and the master then asked the apprentice to throw a handful of salt into the lake and then drink from the lake. The apprentice did as he was told, wiping the water from his lips with his arm, and when asked, "How does it taste?" he replied, "Refreshing." "Do you taste the salt?" asked the old man. "No," replied the apprentice.

The old man then sat down next to his apprentice by the water and said, "The pains of life are like salt; neither too little nor too much. The amount of pain is always the same. However, the bitterness of the pain depends on what you put it into. When in pain, the only thing you need to do is to expand your sense of what you're feeling."