In the beginning of the story, the King wants to give over the kingdom to his son (as HaShem wants to give it to us). He makes a lavish party and invites all the important dignitaries to the party. At the party, he tells the prince “Being that I am a star-gazer, I see that you will at some time fall from the kingship. Therefore make sure that you have no sadness when you fall from reign; just be happy. And if you will be happy, I will also be happy. And if you will be sad when you aren’t the king, I will be happy, since you aren’t fit to be king if you cannot keep yourself happy. But if you will be happy, even when you lose your kingdom, then I will be extraordinarily happy. The actual yiddish words the Rebbe used for this unusual happiness was “וועל איך משונה פריילעך זיין”. The word משונה means to change. What the King (Hashem) is saying to the prince (us) is that if you remain happy even when you lose everything, and you don’t fall into despair and depression, then I will change everything for you. I’ll turn all your darkness into light in your life.
This idea is truly amazing! Hashem asks us for one thing: Don’t get down when you fall. We always think that the main test is “did we pass or fail”. But Rebbe Nachman is teaching us in this holy story that the main thing isn’t succeeding in the test, but remaining happy even after you fail the test. It’s not what we think. Maybe the test wasn’t at all about overcoming the temptation etc? Maybe you were supposed to fail? But how do you handle this failure? Can we stay in the game? That’s what He wants. And if we can stay happy, then he’ll transform all of our troubles into good times.
published on TikkunHaklali.net.