Sunday, September 4, 2011

Where we stand....


A parable modified and retold........

One day, a certain man in a village, out of his curiosity visited a near by astrologer's place to know his future....

The astrologer told him with all firmness, “I am sorry to tell you this!  As I see, it is strange that by sunset today, there is a big catastrophe in your life as you drink a harmless sweet dish.” The man was astonished at this prediction and left the place a little confused!  But he was still feeling confident that nothing would happen….Any how as a precautionary measure, he decided to go home and take nothing for the day as food and drink till sunset.

On reaching home to his surprise, he found his wife cooking a sweet dish with all aroma all round.  On enquiry, she replied, “Last week, because of some urgent pending works, I could not celebrate your birthday.  Today, I found some time and decided to remember the day with some sweet for lunch.  Please wait a while before I serve the same."

As he could not explain further to her, he hastily left home promising the spouse to return in a short time. In order stay away from all food and drink, he decided to go to the nearby woods for the day and come back after sunset.  Thus, he headed for the forest and reached a comfortable spot.  To be further sure, he further climbed a good tree and rested there on a huge branch deciding not to get down  till sunset.

A little while later, a group of travellers going that way came there and rested under the tree for a good shade.  They collected some fire wood around and started preparing their lunch for the day.  Lo! Here they were preparing only  one item for lunch i.e., a sweet dish!
The man started getting a little worried at this point of time.  Any how, he decided not move from there….As the travellers spread out themselves to eat their lunch, suddenly a gang robbers attacked them.  Seeing the robbers, the travellers ran away from there leaving their belongings.  The robbers happily collected all the valuables and when they were about to leave, one of them said, "We are hungry and it is lunch time.  Why not we eat something and go?  Any how, I see some good food  is ready here."  All others immediately concurred with this idea.  But the Chief totally opposed this and said, "Look! Our discipline is never to eat any unknown food without testing. This tasty sweet dish in this place...., I doubt some trap laid by the king to catch us.  He might have got some poison mixed in this.  So better, we do not touch this.  Also some spies may be watching us around.   So, let us be alert.  Any how, it is very hot now; it is better we rest a while under this tree and decide what to do later."  Saying this, when the Chief rested on the ground, to his great surprise he saw the man there directly above.  Immediately he shouted aloud, "See, I told all of you.  This man is the spy sitting here to trap us.  Any how, now I will teach the king a lesson."  With this, he ordered him come down the tree.  The man was totally at his wits ends. He got down and immediately tried to run away from the spot.  The Chief physically caught him and said, "Do you want to fool us?  I will teach your  king a lesson.  You wanted to poison us, is it not?  Now, come on!  You will only drink this whole bowl of sweet dish kept for us."   With this, the Chief forced the man drink the dish. The man out of panic resisted violently and all the while maintained not to drink the same thereby confirming in the minds of robbers the king’s plan of poisoning them.  The Chief became furious and beat the man left and right and physically poured the entire bowl of sweet into his mouth and made him drink the same.  Subsequently, the robbers left leaving him in that condition thinking that he would die of the heavy poison!

Yes, the man succumbed after drinking the sweet as he was beaten black and blue!

When destiny strikes,  there end one's all and aspirations!  Having done the job the best, a sincere Prayer to God leaving interest in the result to a large extent is only the way of securing Peace for ever....

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