Why do we read Geeta ?


 

Why do we read Geeta, even if we can’t understand a Sanskrit word???

 

Yesterday night when I was surfing through Sri Krishna collections, I got inspired by this fantastic story. I hope you too after reading this….

 

An old Farmer lived on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson.

 

Each morning Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading his Bhagavat Geeta. His grandson wanted to be just like him and tried to imitate him in every way he could.

 

One day the grandson asked, “Grandpa! I try to read the Bhagavat Geeta just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget  as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bhagavat Geeta do?”

 

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied,  “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket of  water.”

 

The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back   to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You’ll have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to  the river with the basket  to try again.

 

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was  impossible to carry water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

 

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak  out before he got back to the house.

 

The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he   said,

 

“See Grandpa, it’s useless!” >

 

“So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.”

 

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the  basket was different. It had been transformed from a dirty old  coal basket and was now clean, inside and out.

 

“Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bhagavat Geeta. You might not   understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be  changed, inside and out. That is the work of Krishna in our lives.”

 

All of our religions have their own books for purifying the hearts and mind of their people…. Each has its own value and purpose and once again repeat….

 

“You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, you will be  changed, inside and out.”

 

Urs,

 

Karthik

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