Find Your Own Destiny


Once five men were caught in a thick forest.

The first man said, “I will go left, because my intuition says so.”

The second one said, “I will go to the right, because the right comes from the word rightness.”

The third one said, “I will go back the way we came.”

The fourth one said, “I will go straight. We should move forward; the forest will end and we will go somewhere new.”

The fifth said, “You are all wrong. There is a better solution. Wait for me.”

He climbed the tallest tree he could find while everyone else went their own way. From above he saw the shortest way to exit. He could also see the order in which the others would exit. He understood the problem and found the best solution!

He knew that he did everything right. The others were wrong. They were stubborn and they didn’t listen to him. He was the real Wise Man!

But he was wrong. Everyone was right. They were all wise in their own ways.

The man who went to the left found himself in the thicket. He had to starve and fight with wild animals, but he learned how to survive in the forest. He became a part of the forest and could teach others the same.

The man who went to the right was robbed of everything and was forced to join the robbers’ gang. After some time, he had reminded the thieves of something they had forgotten – humanity and compassion.

The man who went back created a trail through the forest which soon became a road for those who wanted to enjoy the forest without the fear of getting lost.

The man who went straight became a pioneer. He went places where nobody else had been before and created new opportunities for others.

The man who climbed the tree became a guide. People turned to him when they wanted to find the most efficient ways to deal with their problems.

These five wise men created their destiny by listening to their intuition. You too can create your own path. Listen to yourself and you will find your destiny.


Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” William Jennings Brian


It is your decisions and not your conditions, that determine your destiny.” Tony Robbins 


One change in your thinking leads to a change in your destiny.” 


“Our destiny is not written for us, but by us.” Barack Obama


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5 thoughts on “Find Your Own Destiny

  1. Meet jain

    Hari om!

    So swami ji does that mean we have to wait for something to happen in destiny ? Or we have to do something constantly …? Or something else only ?

    1. happyalways

      It means that you have not read the article fully with all the quotations, especially that of Swami Vivekananda. If you had done so, this question would not have arisen.

  2. Chitti Babu

    We often make a mistake that we are the wise one and are superior to others just as the one climbing the tall tree concludes, but in reality there are so many winners in life, and everyone can contribute in his or her own way to the evolution of mankind. Thanks Guruji for noble thoughts narrated through an interesting story.

  3. Vimalchand Shrishrimal

    Respected Swamiji,
    Hari Aum and Pranam
    Excellent message conveyed through a beautiful story. Let our thoughts be guided by our intuition and only we are responsible for our destiny. No need to blame any one else for our so called destiny.
    With Warm regards

  4. Prakash Abhyankar

    Excellent teaching Swamiji.

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