There was a bird who lived in the desert; very sick, no feathers, nothing to eat and drink, no shelter to live and kept on cursing his life day and night. One day, an Angel was crossing from that desert, bird stopped the Angel and inquired ” where are you going?” Angel replied ” I am going to meet God”. So bird asked angel ‘ please ask God when my suffering will come to an end?’ Angel said ” sure, I will” and bid goodbye to bird. Angel reached God’s place and shared the message of bird to Him.
Angel told Him how pathetic the condition of bird is and inquired when the suffering of the bird will end. God replied “For the next seven life times, the bird has to suffer like this, no happiness till then”. Angel said when bird hears this, he will get disheartened. Could You suggest any solution for this? God replied: Tell him to recite this mantra “Thank you God for everything.” Angel met the bird again and delivered the message of God to the bird.
After seven days, the Angel passed the same path again and saw that bird was so happy; feathers had grown on his body, a small plant grew up in the desert area, a small pond of water was also there, the bird was singing and dancing cheerfully. Angel was astonished as to how this happened, ‘God said for seven life times, there is no happiness for the bird’… with this question in mind, He went to visit God.
Angel asked his query then God replied: “Yes, it was written there will be no happiness for the bird for seven life times but because the bird was reciting the mantra “Thank you God for everything” in every situation. When bird fell down on the hot sand, it said “thank you God for everything”, when it could not fly it said “thank you God for everything”, so whatever the situation, the bird kept on repeating “Thank you God for everything” and therefore the seven life times’ karma got dissolved in seven days.”
There is a great lesson in this story for us to be thankful in spite of our situation. God will not allow us to suffer when we come before him with a grateful heart.