1703. LETTER XCV.*

That sacrifice, you should bring to-day Mūna’am Khán*, the deputy of Sháh Álam, who has been also made his minister, into my presence for giving him permission to depart, so that I should acquaint him with particulars about the evil intention of the wicked Akbar* who, with the hope of (receiving) help from the Persian Demon of the Forest*, has stayed in Hirát*, near Kandahár*, and through the suggestion of the governor of that province, does not move further; and who is waiting for my death. (Verse) “I did not forget the words of the musician who, at the time of applying his bow to the cups (or pots) which cause danger*, used to say ‘I do not know whether the stone of the sky of destiny (i.e., destiny itself) will break you (i.e., the pots) or me (i.e., the musician) sooner’”.* Mūna’am Khán’s plan must be nothing but this that he should leave his own son at Cábul* with a large army, that he should keep Muhammad Ma’az-ūd-Din Bahádūr* at Mūltán* with great preparations, and that till the decision of this case, i.e., till the death of this mortal (i.e., Aurungzebe), there should be contentment in peace and in the division of the kingdom.

I tell you as a last advice from me that there have been many ambitious men, who by kindling the fire of warfare, have involved the kingdom into misery, passed their lives in bitterness and died with repentance. One of these men was Dárá the Pompous. Had he listened to the advice of His Majesty (Sháh Jehán) he would not have met with misery and misfortune. It was proper that he should suffer misery (because he did not pay attention to Shàh Jehán’s advice). Though ambition gives man rest for a time, it makes him restless (for ever).* O God! better the condition of the followers of Mahomet; and have mercy upon them in this world and in the next world.