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    What is written will never be destroyed (or changed) and what is not written
    will never take place( or happen) and one can never exact taxes from the sun for passing over a country. Louisiana gambling,

    There is an old Armenian story about fate that explains this proverb. Louisiana gambling,

    There was a king who may have been or may not have been.

    This king had an only child, louisiana gambling, a wonderful daughter, louisiana gambling, who he loved dearly.
    One day the king addressed his vizier (or personal adviser}, louisiana gambling, “Make all necessary preparations
    so that you and I can roam disguised in the pleasant pastures for two days to relax.” The vizier
    arranged all the preparations. Louisiana gambling, The vizier and the king dressed as merchants traveled away from the capital city
    for two days and arrived in beautiful park like country spot.

    After two days of enjoying the scenic pastoral sights, louisiana gambling, they began their journey back. Louisiana gambling, They met a mendicant dervish.
    They greeted him with respect, louisiana gambling, parev-ahsduhdzoh pareen hello, louisiana gambling, May God bless you. Louisiana gambling, Then the king and the dervish had the following discussion.
    “What are you doing on this path, louisiana gambling, dervish baba ( dervish father)”, louisiana gambling, said the king.
    “I am a fortune telling dervish. Louisiana gambling, I am foretelling the future for the travelers I encounter”, louisiana gambling, said the dervish.
    “Can you tell me what my fate is”, louisiana gambling, said the king.
    “Why not, louisiana gambling, my Lord”, louisiana gambling, said the dervish.
    “How did you find out that I am the king.”
    “God told me that you are the king of this country and traveling with you is your vizer”, louisiana gambling, said the dervish.
    “Very good, louisiana gambling,” said the king, louisiana gambling, “How many children do I have?”
    “One daughter, louisiana gambling, you do not have any other children, louisiana gambling, and you are a very nice person.”
    “Very good, louisiana gambling, now tell me, louisiana gambling, who will marry my daughter?”, louisiana gambling, asked the king.
    Your most trustworthy servant who is a black Arab. Louisiana gambling, Many prominent high class youths have asked for the hand of your daughter, louisiana gambling, but you have not been impressed by any of them, louisiana gambling, because the black servant is destined to marry your daughter.”

    The king stopped asking any further questions and seemed to become pensive, louisiana gambling, but without revealing his troubled mind. Louisiana gambling, He politely offered a gift to the dervish, louisiana gambling, who refused and commented: “My gift will be your well being, louisiana gambling, My Lord.” God will look out for me.”

    The next day when the king and his vizier returned to the palace, louisiana gambling, the king ordered his vizier to not reveal the dervish’s prophecy to anyone. Louisiana gambling, The king and the vizier began to consult and plan head to head how they would find a pretext to send the black servant away for good without resorting to murdering him.

    It was providential that the king could not imagine putting to death his black servant, louisiana gambling, who served him so faithfully for so many years, louisiana gambling, without having a very serious reason. Louisiana gambling, Yet, louisiana gambling, he could not accept what he considered the dervish’s vile prophecy for his daughter. Louisiana gambling, The king and the vizier
    agreed on a plan to send the black servant on such an impossible mission that he would not be able to return alive. Louisiana gambling, They devised a plan to send him to meet the sun and demand that the sun pay a tax to cross over the king’s kingdom. Louisiana gambling, The king and his vizier were certain that the servant would never return from such an impossible task. Louisiana gambling, The king would then be free to choose the future husband of his preference for his daughter.

    The next day, louisiana gambling, the vizier called the black servant to his quarters and communicated the king’s order. Louisiana gambling, The servant was ordered by the king to find the spot where and the exact time when the sun rises. Louisiana gambling, The black servant was commanded to demand the sun to pay a daily tax for crossing over the sky that overlooked the king’s kingdom.

    “I accept as my duty and destiny (kuhloughus vrai - which literally means in Armenian “on my head”) the order of my most esteemed king, louisiana gambling,” said the black servant.

    “My son, louisiana gambling,” continued the vizier, louisiana gambling, “the king puts at your disposal the best horse available in the palace stable along with a saddle bag full of gold coins to cover your travel expenses. Louisiana gambling, The king will allow you six months time to accomplish the task. Louisiana gambling, However, louisiana gambling, be aware that if you fail to exact a tax for passage from the sun, louisiana gambling, the king will have you beheaded on your return.”

    “My most esteemed king’s will is my duty and destiny, louisiana gambling,” repeated the servant for a second time. Louisiana gambling, He immediately began to prepare himself and set out on his impossible task the next day.

    He went far and wide ( shad knatz, louisiana gambling, keetch kehnatz which literally means he went far, louisiana gambling, and didn’t go far), louisiana gambling, going over mountains and through valleys, louisiana gambling, the servant finally found himself in a deserted pasture where he espied a vast troupe of wild horses who were grazing freely without (without any human supervision - the Armenian says undehr or undehragan meaning literally no master and no supervisor) without a human trainer or troupe master. Louisiana gambling, The trustworthy servant was amazed by this extraordinary find but didn’t waver or slow down his gait nor did he take too much interest in the horses because he had his inalienable duty to perform for the king. Louisiana gambling, He continued his journey.

    He went far and didn’t go far (shad knatz, louisiana gambling, keetch kenatz), louisiana gambling, suddenly two small lakes appeared before his eyes. Louisiana gambling, He saw a flock of black birds enter one lake and became all white like snow, louisiana gambling, then they entered the other lake and became black like amber.

    Seeing this the black servant said to himself, louisiana gambling, “Let me also try and test the power of these two lake waters. Louisiana gambling, Perhaps my black skin can also become white.” He remembered God by saying, louisiana gambling, “In the name of the almighty God the Father, louisiana gambling, the Son and the holy Spirit, louisiana gambling,” he immersed his hands in the lake that whitened the birds. Louisiana gambling, He was amazed to see that his hands became white. Louisiana gambling, He pulled his horse into the water so that his legs were immersed and he saw the horse’s legs whiten like snow. Louisiana gambling, Next, louisiana gambling, he took off all his clothes except his leather belt which he tightened around his waist and again praised God: “In the name of the almighty God the Father, louisiana gambling, the Son, louisiana gambling, and the Holy Spirit.” He completely immersed himself into the miraculous water and saw that from his feet to his head his entire body became white. Louisiana gambling, Coming out of the lake, louisiana gambling, he unloosened his belt and saw that that the skin under the belt remained black. Louisiana gambling, He began to smile happily and said to himself, louisiana gambling, “This is great. Louisiana gambling, When I return to the palace I can prove my original identity to the king who might otherwise doubt that I am his faithful servant. Louisiana gambling, Saying this, louisiana gambling, he again praised God for permitting him to change the color of his skin. Louisiana gambling, He now continued his journey.

    His went little and he went far, louisiana gambling, he espied a very large mountain in the distance. Louisiana gambling, “That must be the place from which the sun rises, louisiana gambling,” he thought to himself. Louisiana gambling, Again he praised God for permitting him to find his journey’s goal. Louisiana gambling, He came to the base of the mountain and started to ride up it. Louisiana gambling, He rode
    up the mountain on his horse until the approach of night and saw a small hut. Louisiana gambling, He heard a voice speaking to him, louisiana gambling, “Son of man, louisiana gambling, come here.” He approached the direction of the voice and found a blind man in the hut. Louisiana gambling, After saying hello, louisiana gambling, the blind man asked him, louisiana gambling, “Why have you come to this place?” The king’s servant answered his query by explaining his mission which was to exact a tax from the sun.

    “Very good, louisiana gambling,” said the blind man, louisiana gambling, “It is good you found me.” “This is indeed the place from which the sun rises on its journey everyday. Louisiana gambling, I will now explain to you the only way by which you can speak to the sun. Louisiana gambling, On the summit of this mountain is a vast cliff with a hole-like cave. Louisiana gambling, That hole is the only refuge from which those who desire to converse with the sun can protect themselves from the scorching rays of the sun when it rises up. Louisiana gambling, Very early in the morning before the sunrise, louisiana gambling, you must find that hole and wait there until the sun rises and ascend the heavens enough for its burning rays to lessen their intensity. Louisiana gambling, Only at that time can you exit from your safe haven and call out loudly to the sun to hear you. Louisiana gambling, If you don’t do as I say you will burn and turn to ashes because the sun’s rays at that time are so intense that they nearly turn everything into molten lava. Louisiana gambling, Do you understand me?”

    “Yes sir, louisiana gambling,” said the servant.

    “Go now and take rest. Louisiana gambling, When the time comes for you to wake up, louisiana gambling, I will call you. Louisiana gambling, But wait a second, louisiana gambling, I also have a wish to beg from you. Louisiana gambling, When you speak with the sun, louisiana gambling, ask him why he blinded my eyes. Louisiana gambling, Beg the sun to heal my eyes, louisiana gambling, please.”

    “Very well, louisiana gambling, I promise, louisiana gambling,” said the servant.

    “Then good night. Louisiana gambling, Rest yourself. Louisiana gambling, I will call you to awaken at the right time.”

    Very early the next morning before sunrise, louisiana gambling, the blind man wakened the servant, louisiana gambling, who began his climb to the summit. Louisiana gambling, He reached the cliff and found the cave which he entered. Louisiana gambling, He could feel the heat of the approaching sun increase in intensity. Louisiana gambling, Squeezed into the tight cave, louisiana gambling, he waited patiently until the mighty sun rose up into the heavens. Louisiana gambling, He gradually felt the intense heat of the sun diminish enough that he would not burn to death. Louisiana gambling, He climbed out of the cave and stood up on the cliff and began to call out loudly.

    “My lord sun, louisiana gambling, my king has sent me to collect from you the right of passage tax.”

    The sun answered.

    “My son, louisiana gambling, go and tell your king, louisiana gambling, “what is written can never be destroyed, louisiana gambling, and what is not written can never be accomplished, louisiana gambling,
    therefore you can never collect a right of passage tax from the sun.”

    The helpless servant reiterated his request. Louisiana gambling, The sun repeated his response.

    The servant repeated his request a third time and added, louisiana gambling, “If I return without collecting the right of passage tax from you, louisiana gambling, my most noble king will sever my head off. Louisiana gambling,

    The sun repeated his response again for the third time and advised him, louisiana gambling, ” You return and tell the king what I have said. Louisiana gambling, He cannot harm you be cause his entire kingdom and wealth will be inherited by you, louisiana gambling, my dear boy.”

    Being encouraged by the sun’s authoritative and explicit statement, louisiana gambling, the servant said:
    “Therefore, louisiana gambling, I have two more requests of you: First, louisiana gambling, during my journey here I encountered a seemingly unlimited number of wild horses in a vast pasture, louisiana gambling, please tell me who owns those horses.”

    The sun answered, louisiana gambling, “When you reach those horses on your return journey, louisiana gambling, rope one of those valuable wild horses and tie him to your horse. Louisiana gambling, All the other wild horses will follow the roped horse and will make the journey with you back to the kingdom.”

    “My second request is on behalf of a blind man living in a small hut on one side of this mountain who begs you to confer on him a medicinal cure for his blindness, louisiana gambling, Oh Lord sun.”

    “Yes, louisiana gambling, I know, louisiana gambling, ” said the sun. Louisiana gambling, “On awakening every morning from his bed that shameless man faces me and relieves his body’s wastes. Louisiana gambling, For that reason I have punished him by blinding his eyes. Louisiana gambling, If he can discipline himself to stop disrespecting me in such a disgusting manner, louisiana gambling, then quickly I will heal his blindness and end his suffering.”

    “I thank you very much, louisiana gambling, My Lord Sun.”

    “May you go in peace and experience only goodness, louisiana gambling, my son.”

    Returning to the blind man, louisiana gambling, the servant explained the cause of his blindness and the promise of the sun to heal him if he stops his shameless behavior toward the sun. Louisiana gambling, The blind man came to his senses and promised by falling on his knees to beg forgiveness and from that moment on
    to act most respectfully in the presence of the sun.

    Without losing a second the servant jumped back on his horse and prompted the animal to gallop at full speed toward the kingdom. Louisiana gambling, On reaching the vast pasture where the unlimited number of valuable horses were grazing, louisiana gambling, the servant descended from his horse. Louisiana gambling, Following the advice of the sun, louisiana gambling, the boy roped one of the wild horses and tied him to his horse. Louisiana gambling, He mounted his horse and proceeded on his journey. Louisiana gambling, All the herd of wild horses followed him.

    While the servant journeys back, louisiana gambling, let us return to the palace of the king.

    Five months had passed since the king sent his servant on the impossible mission. Louisiana gambling, The king and his vizier were confident that the servant would not return. Louisiana gambling, The many noble and princely suitors who vied to win the hand of the king’s daughter were delayed in their attempts because the king , louisiana gambling, as are all noble rulers, louisiana gambling, felt bound by the spoken prophecy (of the dervish) to wait until the end of the six month period he set for his loyal servant to return.

    With only three days remaining until the end of the six month period, louisiana gambling, the king and his vizier decided to mount as watchmen on the palace roof and carefully observe the direction the servant had departed toward (and from where he would most probably return). Louisiana gambling, On the last day of the designated period, louisiana gambling, before noon, louisiana gambling, the king noticed a dust like cloud rising from the distant fog. Louisiana gambling, He offered his binoculars to his vizier and said: “Vizier, louisiana gambling, I am observing a dust cloud rising up to the sky in the direction from where the servant should return. Louisiana gambling, You take a look and verify you see the same thing too.” With undivided attention the vizier methodically examined the cloud of dust and noticed the cause of the dust was a vast herd of horses that were fast approaching the palace.The vizier said: “My dear King, louisiana gambling, I see a large number of horses with only one lone horseman.” The king took back the binoculars and verified the vizier’s observation. Louisiana gambling, He looked at the vizier and said: ‘Vizier, louisiana gambling, the horseman does not seem to be a ordinary person. Louisiana gambling, He is probably a man of noble birth or a prince. Louisiana gambling, He will probably want to stay as a guest in our palace. Louisiana gambling, We must welcome him in a fitting manner.”

    The vizier immediately summoned an experienced horseman mounted on a fast horse and dispatched him as a messenger to find out the identity of the vast horse herd’s master. Louisiana gambling, He asked the messenger to report back from where the herdsman has come, louisiana gambling, where he plans to travel next and why he has come to his noble king’s country. Louisiana gambling,

    The messenger quickly approached the lone horseman and received the following answers to the king’s questions. Louisiana gambling, The lone horseman said that he was proceeding directly to the king’s palace. Louisiana gambling, He wanted to personally explain to the king his identity and purpose.

    On returning to the palace, louisiana gambling, the messenger related the answer (to the questions of the vizier) of the person who was directing the vast herd of horses (fast approaching the palace). Louisiana gambling, Quickly the vizier organized a welcome party of military horsemen to greet the honored guest at main entrance of the royal city and escort him respectfully to the palace.

    The vast number of horses that were following the lone horseman were barely sheltered in all the stables of the palace and throughout the royal city. Louisiana gambling, The horse that the honored guest was riding was quartered in the private and exclusive stable reserved only for the noble king’s precious horses.

    Without losing a second the honored guest who was in reality the loyal servant of the king was directed into the reception hall of the palace that was reserved for kings, louisiana gambling, princes and emperors. Louisiana gambling, A large number of servants began to cater to the personal needs of the honored guest. Louisiana gambling, Meanwhile, louisiana gambling, the king and his vizier met privately to determine how to broach the question of the stranger’s identity. Louisiana gambling, The king’s stable chamberlain approached and motioned to the vizier to speak privately. Louisiana gambling, He began to whisper into the ear of the vizier about what he considered extraordinary things he witnessed. Louisiana gambling, He explained that the honored guest horse appeared to be the same horse that was given to the king’s loyal servant, louisiana gambling, but with one difference: the horse’s hooves were very beautiful and his legs from the thighs upward were black and below the knees white. Louisiana gambling, The horse also seemed to be very familiar with the palace’s surroundings and the horse was able to find the king’s stables without any guidance and entered his original stable. Louisiana gambling,

    The king was insistent to know what the chamberlain reported. Louisiana gambling, The vizier related what he heard and both he and the king were amazed. Louisiana gambling, They were, louisiana gambling, however, louisiana gambling, rushed and turned their attention again to determining what timing would be appropriate to ask their guest to explain his idenitity. Louisiana gambling, They decided to ask him after his dinner.

    The mysterious guest had some light refreshment alone. Louisiana gambling, He was impatient and reflected that he was a man facing death because he returned to his noble king without having secured the right of passage tax from the sun as he promised the king. Louisiana gambling, He thought that when he presented to the king the gift of the horses, louisiana gambling, it could also prompt the king to ask him to reveal his identity. Louisiana gambling, The revelation of his identity could make his destiny worse because the king could order his execution immediately without hearing his explanations or his apologies. Louisiana gambling, The loyal servant was not sure what to do. Louisiana gambling, He became resigned to accept his fate.

    When dinner time arrived, louisiana gambling, the king, louisiana gambling, the vizier and the honored guest sat together with the palace guests and dined. Louisiana gambling, After dinner, louisiana gambling, they went to the royal reception hall where the king addressed the honored guest with respect and royal protocol. Louisiana gambling, “You are our honored guest. Louisiana gambling, We humbly request you to stay in the royal palace as long as you desire or as long as your schedule permits you. Louisiana gambling, It is appropriate that we become well acquainted with each other. Louisiana gambling, Can you please explain about yourself and the purpose of your visit here.”

    The guest was anticipating the king’s question, louisiana gambling, yet he was still somewhat distressed by it. Louisiana gambling, He masked his alarm and requested that only the king and his vizier hear about his identity.

    All the other guests left the royal assembly hall. Louisiana gambling, When the three were alone, louisiana gambling, the loyal servant prostrated himself before the noble king and embraced his feet and spoke the following:

    “I am the worthless black servant of my noble king and am destined to be executed because I was not able to satisfy the order of my noble king.
    I was not able to exact a right of passage tax from the sun. Louisiana gambling, However, louisiana gambling, I beg you to allow me to explain my story. Louisiana gambling, I know very well that my head will be severed for not satisfying your order, louisiana gambling, but I did not want to run away from my fate. Louisiana gambling, I could have easily run away and enjoyed the incredible wealth accrued by owning the vast herd of wild horses that I could have taken to a foreign country and sought shelter there. Louisiana gambling, I chose rather to be executed by my own king than live under the protection of an unknown king. Louisiana gambling, The loyal servant then began his narration about how he encountered the enormous herd of horses grazing in the wild without any master or herdsman. Louisiana gambling, He told how he was not interested in them and continued his journey. Louisiana gambling, He next related his discovery of the contiguous small lakes in which he witnessed how small birds were tranformed in color from black to white by entering one lake and black again by entering the other lake. Louisiana gambling, He tested the lake water by immersing his hands first and then the feet of his horse. Louisiana gambling, Seeing the transformation of color, louisiana gambling, he immersed his whole body after tying a tight belt around his wast so that he could prove that he was indeed the same person whose body changed from black to white. Louisiana gambling, He then asked permission to take off his shirt and show the king and the vizier the part of his waist that was still his original black color. Louisiana gambling,

    The king and the vizier looked at each other and with facial expressions and raising of their eyebrows they signaled each other while they listened and gradually their countenances revealed their utter stupefaction resulting from the servant’s narration. Louisiana gambling, They did not interrupt the servant’s recounting of his adventures.

    The loyal servant explained how after changing the color of his skin he continued his journey. Louisiana gambling, Next, louisiana gambling, he encountered the blind man who made him promise to ask the sun why he was blinded. Louisiana gambling, The blind man instructed the servant how to avoid being burned by the sun’s scorching rays. Louisiana gambling, Finally, louisiana gambling,
    he retold the conversation he had with the sun and how he demanded the sun to pay a tax and how he repeted it. Louisiana gambling, The sun repeatedly refused to comply and stated authoritatively, louisiana gambling, ” What is written can never be destroyed (or changed), louisiana gambling, what is not written can never be accomplished, louisiana gambling, and a tax on the sun’s passage can never be collected.”

    The loyal servant deftly cut short his narration to not reveal his complaint to the sun that if he returned empty handed his king would cut off his head. Louisiana gambling, The sun answered in such a way as to give the servant hope. Louisiana gambling, The sun said, louisiana gambling, “You return my son and tell the king what I have spoken. Louisiana gambling, The king cannot dare to harm you because his entire kingdom and wealth will be inherited by you. Louisiana gambling, ” He left out this part of his narration.

    He continued by explaining the sun’s revelation why he blinded old man and his instructions how the old man could see again by stopping his evacuation facing the sun. Louisiana gambling, The sun also revealed to the servant how he would become the master of the herd of wild horses. Louisiana gambling, The sun said, louisiana gambling, “Those horses belong to you my son.” Remembering the words of the sun, louisiana gambling, the loyal servant asked the king innocently, louisiana gambling, “My noble Lord, louisiana gambling, I clearly understand the sun’s final words, louisiana gambling, “a tax on the sun’s passage can never be collected.” ” However, louisiana gambling, my Lord, louisiana gambling, I don’t understand why the sun said, louisiana gambling,
    “What is written can never be destroyed (or changed), louisiana gambling, what is not written can never be accomplished.” “What did the sun mean by those words?”

    At that moment the king made a sign with his eyes and eyebrows to the vizier who began to explain in detail the old dervish’s prophecy. Louisiana gambling, He continued by relating what he and the king discussed as to how they would remove the loyal servant from the palace by sending him on an impossible mission from which he would never return and make the prophecy void.

    The king cut short the vizier’s narration. Louisiana gambling, He addressed his loyal servant with the following words: “My dear loyal and most faithful servant you will soon be my son in law and rightful hereditary of my kingdom and wealth. Louisiana gambling, The sun’s words will come to pass and the dervish’s prophecy will become reality for my daughter will become as fated your bride. Louisiana gambling, It was predestined that she has not become attracted to any of the other suitors until now because “what is not written can never be accomplished.” Therefore, louisiana gambling, it did not happen. Louisiana gambling, But, louisiana gambling, you were “written” and thus you will succeed to my throne.”

    The king announced a royal decree to all his subjects in all the corners of his kingdom that destiny had ordained his only daughter will be married to his most faithful black servant whose skin has become snow white and he has become the darling of his dearest daughter.

    For forty days and forty nights the royal wedding was feted by the tens of thousands of the king’s subjects who came from the four corners of his kingdom. Louisiana gambling, They all ate, louisiana gambling, drank and danced to their heart’s content to celebrate the marriage of the king’s only daughter to his most loyal black servant.

    They all attained their most cherished wishes and may you also achieve your cherished wishes.

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    Published on June 21, 2007 · Filed under: Destiny;

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