Back in the beautiful snow clad mountains of Himalayas, Lord Shiva was doing intense meditation. The snake around his neck was watching Shiva for a long while and thought he must have slept and so it went to its own meditation – dozzing.
Poor Snake !!! He always had a very disturbed sleep. Whenever he gets into deep slumberness, he gets absolute scary nightmares of his rival. All said and done, the snake just cannot help seeing Mr. Garuda atleast once a day as Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are good friends who meets up almost every day.T`he snake considers himself more dignified than Garuda, as his master carries him around his neck always and moreover he is always part of “big” meetings with Gods, demons and others. Garuda on the other hand had to resort to waiting in the parking lot for the meetings to end.
Lord Vishnu was as usual enjoying the acupuncture therapy that Goddess Lakshmi was giving him. It was then he suddenly remembered about the meeting he had scheduled with Lord Yama. The meeting will also be attended by Lord Shiva, regarding the salary hike for the workers in Yama Loka.
Garuda was about to take his afternoon nap, but Work is worship you see ! Lord Vishnu positioned himself on the back of Garuda and both headed to Kailash. Garuda thought of taking his nap at Kailash while his master was indulged in “great talks“. He took a blanket with him for safer side.
Lord Vishnu told Garuda to wait outside for half an hour. Garuda shook his head, but he knew very well that these meetings will go for hours and hours. Garuda was feeling happy as he had a good amount of time to rest, the climate being good, he wrapped himself in the blanket.
Garuda happened to see a small bird on a tree. It was very tired and sick. He saw Lord Yama coming on running, as usual late for the meeting. He just acknowledged the presence of Garuda, did not talk much, as he was running out of time. Mr. Yama also happened to see the bird on the tree, as there was only one tree over the entire area, without leaves and dilapidated. He said ” This bird is still here !! How is that possible ? Its death bell is going to ring soon.” Saying this , he went inside .
Garuda suddenly became wide awake, kicked off his banket and thought ” What does Yama think about himself ? Is he the only person who has powers to take away life ? I don’t want him to show his powers on this little creature ! I will save it from Yama “
He took the bird and began flying. Garuda crossed 7 oceans and 7 mountains. They finally reached a forest called Madrumasha. Garuda placed the bird on the tree. He made sure that the bird was safe and sound. He felt very proud of himself and flew back .
He saw Yama coming out of Kailash. He stopped Yama and asked ” Why were you so concerned about the bird being in Kailash ?” To this Yama replied ” Actually the bird’s fate was to die in a forest called Madrumasha. The bird had to cross 7 oceans and 7 mountains. It was too weak for that venture. That was why I was surprised “
Garuda was shell-shocked, as if a thunder bolt had fallen on him. He stood there numb!!!!
“You cannot change your fate nor other’s. It is already decided“, he thought.