Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I was planning a trip to Thailand with my family on 23rd November, 2009 and the booking for the same was done two months in advance. As providence would have it, my knee surgery was fixed on 23rd November, 2009. The trip was cancelled. Man proposes,God disposes.

I was sharing this uncanny coincidence and my experience to Ramu, a good friend of mine. He narrated a story which says it all. A king took along his able minister and the retinue for hunting. Accidentally, the king lost the phalanx of his first finger and was very unhappy. His able minister consoled the king saying that things happen for the good. The king flew into rage and sent him to jail.

Some time later, the king again ventured into the deep jungle for hunting and lost his way. He wandered alone and, as cruel fate would have it, was captured by tribals who were making preparations for human sacrifice. The tribals were happy and they decided to propiate their God by offering the body of the king as ‘human sacrifice’. The king was readied and on examination was found to have lost a part of his finger. The chieftain of the tribe was unhappy since a full and complete offering, (Poorna Ahuti) without any part of the body missing, was to be made to the Jungle God . The king was thus released and his life was saved.

On returning to his kingdom, remembering what his able minister had said, the king immediately ordered his release. The king narrated the incident to his minister and profusely thanked him for saving his life and also apologized for sending him to jail. The minister thanked the king for sending him to jail and said ‘ if your Honour had not sent me to jail, I would have accompanied your Honour to the jungle and I would have been the full and complete offering to the Jungle God’.

My life experience has always shown that things happen for a reason and always happen for the good. This may be true of the cancellation of my Thailand trip too.


Sylvia K said...

What a wise, wonderful, witty post, Iyer! I have certainly found that to be true in my life and I'm sure it's true in regards to your missed trip. Things do indeed happen for a reason even if that reason is unseen at the moment! Hope your recovery continues to go well.

Have a lovely evening! And thank you for your visits and comments on my site, they are always appreciated!


Ugich Konitari said...

You just wrote something that I absolutely believe in. One has found that one is able to handle unexpected reverses in one's life , better, if one believes that whatever happens, it is to teach us something and point us to something better. If we only look .

I feel this is something the younger generation needs to really learn, because they are unable to handle failures. I hope some read what you have written so well.

Neha said...

it was like reading the story i had read in my childhood again...but i had forgotten it completely...thank u for reminding it again :)

Kavi said...

Everything happens for the good ! I am sure your staying home is providing the much needed family time !

Things have a way of falling in place


nsiyer said...

Thanks Sylvia as always. I am progrssing slowly.

I agree with your comments. The youngsters in their tearing hurry
to compete, tear themselves apart.
Thanks Ugich Konitari.

Sriram said...

wonderful story. yep, it all happens for a reason :)

hope your knee is recovering well.

Vennilla said...

nice one..

nsiyer said...

Thanks Kavi for your comments as always.

nsiyer said...

Thanks Sriram. I am on the road to recovery.

Thanks Vennila for coming over.

Destiny's child... said...

That was such a nice read. I love stories, especially the witty ones with a hint of a twist. I second your thoughts. Everything happens with a purpose and for the good.

Love the name of your blog! :)

Sridhar said...

I completely agree with you Iyer. Thing definitely happen for some reason which one doesn't understand.
Although most would have read this story,none remembers it,including me.I realized this when I was down for 3 months with leg fracture.
Very Nice Thoughts Iyer.