|Story No 41|
41-Everything Happens for Good
There was once a King who had a wise advisor. The advisor followed the King everywhere, and his favorite advice was, “Everything happens for the good”.
One day the King went hunting and had a little accident. He shot an arrow at his own foot and was injured. He asked the advisor what he thought about the accident, to which the advisor replied, “Everything happens for the good”. This time the King was really upset and ordered for his advisor to be put in prison. The King asked his advisor, “Now, what do you think?” The advisor again replied, “Everything happens for the good”. So the advisor remained in prison.
The King later went on a hunting trip, this time without the advisor. The King was then captured by some cannibals. He was taken to the cannibals' camp where he was to be the evening meal for the cannibals. Before putting him into the cooking pot he was thoroughly inspected. The cannibals saw the wound on the King’s foot and decided to throw him back into the jungle. According to the cannibals' tradition, they would not eat anything that was imperfect. As a result the King was spared.
The King suddenly realized what his advisor said was true. If his finger had not been cut he would end his life in the sacrifice by the cannibals, and the advisor also escaped death because had he not been in prison, he would have followed the King on the hunting trip, and he would have ended up in the cooking pot instead of the King, so both were saved.
[Everything happens for good....]
Created by Sushma Gupta on January 15, 2002
Modified on 05/04/13