This questions refers to an idea found in many yogic scriptures: We are entitled to the action, but not to the fruits of that action.
Whether it is our actions that cause coconuts to fall or it is simply the coconut’s time doesn’t really matter. What matters is that we continue to apply our actions-our thoughts, words, and deeds—so hopefully we can influence more coconuts. We never know when the random comment of kindness will touch a friend’s heart. It may be their time to receive that kindness, or it may be our utterance of it, but either way, it’s important. It’s important that we never give up hope that our uplifted actions will change the world, even if it is just the world’s time to change.
The crow and the coconut work together to make fate happen. For yogis there is no such thing as luck. There is only being in the right place at the right time, after doing a lot of preparation so that all the elements fall perfectly into place.
Adapted from Myths of the Asanas: The Ancient Origins of Yoga byAlanna Kaivalya and Arjuna van der Kooij