Groom Who Lost His Bride to the Stars
a time, there was a rich family living in Benares, in northern
India. They arranged for their son to marry a good and honest
girl from a nearby village. Being very pretty as well, they were
sure they could not find a better wife for their son.
family decided on a date for the wedding. The bride's family agreed
to meet them in the village on the wedding day.
the rich family also had their own special astrological priest.
When he found out they had picked the wedding day, without paying
him to consult the stars, he became angry. He decided to get even
When the wedding
day arrived, the astrological priest dressed up in his finest
robes, and called the family together. He bowed to them all, and
then looked at his star charts very seriously. He told them that
this star was too close to the horizon, and that planet was in
the middle of an unlucky constellation, and the moon was in a
very dangerous phase for having a wedding. He told them that,
not seeking his advice, they had picked the worst day of the year
for a wedding. This could only lead to a terrible marriage.
family forgot all about the wonderful qualities of the intended
bride, and remained home in Benares.
the bride's family had arranged everything for the village wedding
ceremony. When the agreed upon hour arrived, they waited and waited
for the future husband and his family. Finally they realized they
were not coming. So they thought, "Those city people picked
the date and time, and now they didn't show up. This is insulting!
Why should we wait any longer? Let our daughter marry an honourable
and hard working village man." So they quickly arranged a
new marriage and celebrated the wedding.
The next day,
the astrological priest said that, suddenly, the stars and planets
and moon were in perfect positions for a wedding! So the Benares
family went to the village and asked for the wedding to take place.
But the village people said, "You picked the date and time.
Then you disgraced us by not showing up!"
The city people
replied, "Our family priest told us that yesterday the stars
and planets and moon were in terrible positions. It was a very
unlucky day for a wedding. But he has assured us that today is
a most lucky day. So please send us the bride at once!"
family said, "You have no honour. You have made the choice
of the day more important than the choice of the bride. It's too
late now! Our daughter has married another." Then the two
families began to quarrel heatedly.
A wise man
happened to come along. Seeing the two families quarrelling he
tried to settle the dispute.
The city people
told him that they had respected the warnings of their astrological
priest. It was because of the unlucky positions of the stars and
planets and moon, that they had not come to the wedding.
The wise man
said, "The good fortune was in the bride, not in the stars.
You fools have followed the stars and lost the bride. Without
your foolishness, those far off stars can do nothing!"
moral is: Luck comes from actions, not from