God does everything for good! (Post No. 2473)

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COMPILED BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

 

Date: 9 January 2016

 

Post No. 2473

 

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(I have translated this story in Tamil as well).

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Once a King, with his minister, followed by his retinue went into the depths of a forest on a hunting expedition. Now the minister was well known for his wisdom. He held the motto, God does everything for the best, and whenever anyone went to him for advice in his trouble, woe or misfortune, the minister would console the distressed party by convincing him of the wisdom of submission to the will of God.

 

The King and the minister in their hunt for game were separated from the followers and roamed far into the interiors of the forest and eventually lost their way. The sun rose to the meridian. The King was oppressed with fatigue and hunger. They rested in the shade of a tree.

 

“Minister”, said the exhausted King, “I am sorely upset through pangs of hunger. Can you get me something to eat?”

 

The minister looked around and discovered fruits on a tree. Climbing up the tree, he plucked some fruits and presented them to the King. The King in a haste to eat the fruit, while cutting it with a knife chopped off a bit of his finger. With a cry of pain, he dropped both the fruit and the knife, his injured finger streaming with blood.

 

Ho, he cried out, how it pains, minister

 

“God does everything for the best”, put in the minister quietly.

 

These words tended only to rouse the already petulant King. He flew into a rage and cried out,

 

“Fool, truce to your philosophy. l have had enough of it. While I am suffering from excruciating agony, the only consolation you can tender is God does everything for the best. How can this be for the best, when the pain is intense and real? I will have nothing to do with you in future. Get out of my sight, and never show me your face again”. Unable to control himself, he kicked the minister furiously and commanded him to take himself off at once. While the minister was leaving the King, he calmly reiterated, “God does everything for the best.”

 

Now the King was left alone. He tore a strip of his garment and bandaged his injured finger. When he was musing over the sad event, two stalwart men approached him.  They instantly fell on the King and bound his hand and foot. Struggle or resistance was utterly useless, as the men were strong and sturdy.

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The frightened King now asked, “What are you going to do with me?” They replied, “We want you to be sacrificed at the altar our goddess Kali. It is the custom to offer to her a human sacrifice once a year. The time has arrived for it and we were on the lookout for a human being. We are fortunate in having found you”.

 

These words of his captors thoroughly alarmed the King. He remonstrated, “Let me go. I am the King of a province. You cannot, therefore, kill me for the sacrifice.”

 

 

The men laughed and said, “Then this year’s sacrifice is going to be unique, and our goddess will be highly pleased when she finds that we bring to her altar this time an exalted personage as an offering.  Come along”.

 

 

They dragged the victim to the Kali shrine, not far away from the spot. He was duly placed on the sacrificial altar. Things were ready for the death blow, when the priest, observing the bandage on his left hand forefinger removed it, and discovered that a portion of it was cut off. He said to the men, “This man is not acceptable for our goddess. Set him free. The goddess wants a whole man, while the man here has a defect in his body. A bit of his finger is gone. Let him go”.

 

Accordingly untying the ropes with which he was bound, the men set the King free and allowed him to depart in peace.

 

 

Now the King remembered the words of the minister, uttered when his finger was cut “God does everything for the best”. Indeed had it not been for the cut of the finger he would have by now been a dead man. He felt keenly for the ill treatment he had meted out to his friend. He was anxious to remedy the blunder by begging his forgiveness. So he rambled in the woods, called aloud the name of the minister, and at last found him. The minister was resting beneath a tree. Going up to him the King embraced him with extreme love and said, “Friend, I seek your forgiveness for the cruel treatment accorded to you. The truth of your golden saying is brought home to me.”

 

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Then he narrated the incident of the intended sacrifice to the goddess, and how he was set free on account of the defect in his hand, caused by the knife cut.

 

“Sire, replied the minis, you have done me no harm. So there is nothing to forgive. In truth you have saved me while you kicked and drove me away. You may remember I repeated the same words, ‘God does everything for the best’. Now in my case as well it has come true. For if you have not driven me a away, I would have been in your company when the men of Kali captured you and, when they have discovered that you were unfit for sacrifice, they would have offered me for it instead, since I had no cut in my body as the one you had providentially got. So ‘God does everything for the best’.

Story told by Swami Ramdas of Anandashram, North Kerala.

 

-Subham-

 

 

True Story: Everything happens for good

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Article No. 2068

Written by London swaminathan

Date : 13  August  2015

Time uploaded in London :–  20-04

(Pictures are used from various sources)

A poor devotee of God was a householder, had his hut near a forest. In his house, besides his wife, there was a bull which was used as a beast of burden. It was the soul means of livelihood for the couple, for on its back articles were carried out for sale by its master. There was also in the house a dog which was useful for keeping guard and protecting them in the woodland. The devotee had in addition a parrot of which he and his wife were very fond, as they had no children. The parrot when the night passed and the day dawned, used to wake up the couple by calling out, “Awake, and pray to God!”

One day, it so chanced, a lion from the forest came and killed the bull belonging to the poor householder. The dog, being afraid of the lion, ran inside the house and hid himself. The householder got up in the morning and when he saw the dead body of the bull, he exclaimed, “It is well done, God does everything for the best. This has happened by his will. Therefore it cannot be but for our good.”

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Hearing these words, his wife was greatly displeased, but she did not say anything. Misfortunes, however, never come single. Later on, that day, the parrot somehow came out of its cage and was killed by the dog. When the master of the house heard of the incident, he repeated, “God does everything for the best. This has happened by his will. Therefore it cannot be but for our good.”

On hearing these words, this time his wife became desperate and beat her own head. She became so distressed over these remarks that she did not even try to express her feelings to her husband. A short time afterwards, somebody told them that their dog was rolling in agony in the street. It died soon after.  The master of the hose again said, “God does everything for the best. This has happened by his will. Therefore it cannot be but for our good.”

Seething with anger, his wife now was unable to control herself and told him, “What do you mean by repeating such senseless words? Without any means of livelihood, now remain in the house and starve. Take to your bed and sleep till morning. The bull that gave us food, and the parrot that was waking us up in the morning have both gone. The faithful dog also died.  This night someone will send us also to the cremation ground.  Then you will realise the God’s goodness”

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“What has happened cannot be changed,” said the man, who was perfectly calm and cheerful. He took everything as god’s grace. He was quite unperturbed by his wife’s ironical outburst. But his wife was feeling very miserable. She was worried as to how they would eke out their livelihood.

The day passed and the night came. Both slept. When they woke up in the morning and went out, they saw in the whole town dead bodies scattered lying everywhere. In the night, a gang of dacoits had entered the town and had left not a single person alive.  They had looted every house and taken vessels from the homes. A house near the jungle, without a dog, is generally taken to be unoccupied. So, thinking, that the cottage of this couple was vacant and deserted, the dacoits did not enter it. Thus the God had really saved them in his mysterious way.

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The man said to his wife now, “if our dog was there with us, the dacoits would have entered the house and surely killed us also. Even if the bull had been seen by them, they would not have spared us. The parrot too would have been a source of danger to us. If it had shouted before dawn to wake us up, the dacoits would have heard it and got scent of us. God, who in all kindness, had arranged the death of all these three beforehand in order to save us. It is on account of this that we are alive today. Do you now doubt that all that happens is for good?”