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About Karma, a Story:
Once Lord Vishnu came to visit Lord Shiva at Kailasa, he left Garuda (His carrier, the half-man half-bird) at the entrance. Garuda's eyes fell on an arch, it had a beautiful small bird sitting there at the entrance of Lord Shiva's place. He wondered...
Such a beautiful creation he thought, the one who made these majestic mountains, rivers and trees also made this small little wonderful creation. At the same time Yama (God of death) also entered the abode, noticed the bird... He stopped there and looked at it intensely a while
Garuda thought that with Yama so intensely looking at it with brows raised, it is the bird's time to leave. He promised himself to protect that bird, he was filled with pity. He took the bird in his talons rushed to a forest miles away and left the bird on a rock next to a brook
Came back to the entrance and sat there, Yama came out & Garuda asked him "While going in tou saw a bird & got pensive, may I ask why?"
Yama replied: Well, when my eyes fell on the little bird, I saw that it was to die in a few minutes, swallowed by a python, far away...
from here in a forest near a brook. I wondered how this tiny creature would traverse thousand miles separating it from its destiny in such a short time. There are no such serpents here, high on Kailash & I was briefly puzzled.” Then I forgot. Surely it must've happened somehow.”
Yama smiled and walked away. Did he know Garuda's role in this? Not sure.
Is Garuda to be blamed for his right intent that led to a wrong outcome? No.

Karma is that, you do your duty with best intentions. What happens with someone else is their Karma. The bird's time was up.
@khemka_mk one story I remembered.
The symbolism of Lord Ganesha's broken tusk; A wise person is beyond duality.

We tend to think that we end when our bodies end in the material world. We are the first person. All else is different. This duality is created by the mind which creates the ego to help us survive in
this world. This ‘me-other’ duality is the screen keeping us from realising our real Self, which is beyond body and mind. Once we transcend this duality, we see the entire Universe as a single whole and we become aware of our true Selves.
The single tusk of Ganesha symbolises this non-duality. Wisdom allows us to see all as one and ourselves an integral part of the whole.

Verbatim from Temple Purohit (Web)

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