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Mysterious ways of fate!


Once a ferry was carrying passengers to cross a deep river. Passengers were in a hurry to reach their destination. The boatman became a little greedy looking at a good number of people. He was very happy, thinking that he would have enough money that day! So, he didn't refuse anyone to have a seat. All passengers were so impatient that they had no time to see the capacity of the boat but rode on it. The boatman unlatched the boat and started his journey. The speedy water in the river was creating a horrible sensation among the passengers. Suddenly, in the middle of the river, the ferryman felt that his boat was going to sink if the number of people would not reduced. So, he earnestly requested a fellow to jump into the river as he was the extra one who didn't get a seat and stood in a corner. The man politely asked, 'Why me? What is my fault?' The boatman responding to his question explained that if he would not jump, then all the passengers would die because of excess weight in the boat! All of them got seats, he was the only passenger who was not having a seat. The man thought for a while! He couldn't appreciate the idea of becoming a cause of death for so many innocent lives. So he decided to sacrifice his own life for the sake of others! Without any further delay, he jumped off! After that, what happened was unbelievable! He jumped into the water and struggled for his survival. A few minutes later, when he looked back, he couldn't see either a trace of the ferryman or the boat! The boat with all the passengers simply vanished! However, with much difficulty, he reached the other end of the river. Ironically, he was the only survivor! Perhaps, it was another way round. He has destined a long life. Till he was in the boat, nothing had happened to the boat. The moment he jumped off, the whole boat sank into the water including the boatman and the passengers. All of them died then and there. He just remembered the words of the ferryman ‘all will die because of you unless you jump.’ This is called 'Fate'. He was destined to live. Perhaps, that's why he was requested to jump not anybody else. Isn't it mysterious, the intricate workings of fate? We can't really figure out the ways the supreme power works, we all believe in it. This story was told to me by my mother many years ago and I still puzzle over how powerful and enigmatic 'fate' is!!! ,



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