Theory:

The story has been written by Leo Tolstoy originally, and this is a retold version.
Paragraphs 1-3:
The thought came to a certain king that he would never fail if he knew three things. These three things were: What is the right time to begin something? Which people should he listen to? What is the most important thing for him to do?
 
The king, therefore, sent messengers throughout his kingdom, promising a large sum of money to anyone who would answer these three questions.
 
Many wise men came to the king, but they all answered his questions differently.
Explanation:
 
There lived a king who was in search of answers to three questions in life. He felt he would always be victorious if he knew the answers. The questions were:
  • When is the right time to begin something?
  • Which people should he listen to?
  • What is the most important thing for him to do?
The king sends messengers (people who carry messages from the king to the common people) throughout his country, to find anyone who could answer his questions. He promises to reward them with a huge amount of money. Many wise men came, but each one of them gave different answers to the king's questions.
 
Meanings of difficult words:
  
Word
Meaning
Messengerpeople who carry messages from the king to the common people.
Reference:
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2007). Honeycomb. Three Questions - Leo Tolstoy (pp. 7-13). Published at the Publication Division
by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.