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Mulla Nasruddin was on his way to attend a feast. It was given by one of the richest man in that town. He was a Slum Lord who knew ways to corner properties almost for nothing. He created fire flaring in some Poor Quarters and lo and behold the property was his for a pittance while the poor moved elsewhere unaware what hit them. They said it was destiny that they had no way of preventing. Amir Mehboob Khan no wonder was so rich he could thank providence for making him very wealthy.
One day he gave a feast to the locals since he was planning to go on Hajj and wanted to strike the right note with his Maker.
Mulla Nasruddin who had no interest in judging persons on hearsay and gossip took the invitation seriously. Providence made the Amir open his hand of hospitality and he was happy to share it. On the way he met a beggar who was a hunchback and was avoided by all good folks as a bad omen.
The Mulla said Providence was going to give him a good meal. Yousef Alli the beggar instantly was all for providence lining his pockets as well as filling his stomach.
The host was happy to receive the mulla and he happily waved the beggar to go right where other folks were sitting for a free meal. The beggar could not believe his eyes. There were so many in their finery and there was his meal spread out for his enjoyment. Having claimed his spot the fellow went about touching each guest for alms. He never thought of fellow guests but providence that presented a one-in-a million opportunity.
At the end of the day Mulla saw the beggar in a frightful bad mood. He chided the Mulla for bringing him to a feast given by a slum lord. ‘He was no Providence but a blood-sucker and worse than a kaffir’.
‘But he asked you to sit down to feast. Didn’t he?’
The beggar narrated how his portion was snatched by some bird while his head was turned.
‘Providence can only lead a donkey to water but not make her drink.’
‘No Mulla it is my destiny that only I, of all the hundreds, had to go without a free meal.’
Destiny is when you explain Providence only from a narrow subjective point of view, skipping many telltale details that are equally relevant.( see also the Mulla Nasruddin Stories-11 in comic strip format.)

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The cave dwelling bats of Borneo at the twilight leaves for the outside world in search of its food; It is a dangerous trip since leaving its relative security of the caves to the forests makes them an open target to the aerial predators that are about. Daily a trickle of bats would leave the caves which create a wave involving some three million and odd bats following the first batch; This batslide develops itself into a cloud within which bats flit about, blind yet without colliding into one another. At any given moment what position a bat will occupy is uncertain; yet the only certainty is this: till the critical mass of that cloud is reached any bat will have infinite options to choose from, which for its sheer number of possibilities cannot be predicted. “In any given set of circumstances on account of infinite options that allow a life- form to choose in context of others a path for its development (and is impossible to predict,) the only certainty that controls its exchange will be the consideration that other life- forms can benefit from”.
Thus a beggar might wish for horses and would ride as though he was born on the saddle. By the same token one who is born with a golden spoon in his mouth would choke on a cent.
Certainty we may leave to God and in our uncertain mode we call a man’s rise or fall success or failure according to what may fit us.  Mr. Madoff was once held up as a man of importance. Today he is fighting to prove he is not a fraud. While man is hasty in judgment God works with a different timescale. Who can foretell these things?

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Nature has a way of breaking up pollutants from piling up. Tides show how. Tides have an ecological role to play. They cleanse the manmade pollutants. Nutrients if accumulated in excess will have a deleterious effect on plants. Urban pollutants are carried through rivers to the sea where marine organisms benefit.
Bivalves and mud shrimps filter what they need while pollutants seep through tidal flats; during low tides it is an opportunity for marine birds to take their pick. These life forms help restoring a balance. Oneness is impartial in letting the results, both good and bad in human civilization, to spread around.
Behavior of Low and High Tides has same characteristics as that of mankind. In order to understand what causes the tides one needs to look beyond the sea. Or the earth. Power of the moon to pull or slosh the sea around in turn depends on something else.

Consider the lilies of the field...’ Nature expresses love and it is Nature’s way of playing by the rules. Rules? Oneness of Things has to be translated by all things whether they play it on a level playing field or under extra ordinary circumstances. War, earthquakes included.


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