On the banks of Dwaraka lived a boy called Hari, who stayed with his parents and grand-parents. The family was a happy one with Hari being a curious lad wanting to know about the world.
On a bright sunny day, Hari asked his grandfather to take him to meet Lord Krishna in his palace, as he was astounded by the enigma of the Lord. His grandfather readily agreed and took him to meet the Lord.
After the initial greetings, Hari said to Lord Krishna “I tried to read the Bhagavad-Gita you delivered to Arjun but I don’t understand it much. And whatever little I understood from my readings, I forgot very soon. How do I put it to my use then?”
Lord Krishna gave his patent mischievous smile and said, “Take this jute basket used to bring black coal in our kitchen down to the river and bring me back a basket of water.”
The young boy Hari happily did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he got back to the palace. Krishna asked him to try again, and again. But every single time, the water leaked out of the basket before he got back to the palace. Finally exhausted he exclaimed, “Oh Lord, it’s useless!”
Krishna smiled back at Hari and said, “You think it’s useless?” Look at the basket.” Hari looked at the basket and for the first time realized that the basket had been transformed from a dirty old coal basket to a new clean one, inside and out.
Krishna lovingly said to Hari, “Son, this is what happens when you read a book like the Bhagavad-Gita. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it again and again, it will transform you for good and cleanses your Buddhi (senses). We should be observant to things happening with you while focusing on your task to read the knowledge. Dear Hari, the process of transformation starts at the onset of reading itself, you just need to be conscious and keep consistency.”
Happy and elated, Hari touched Lord Krishna’s feet and left the palace with his grand father making a resolve to trust the process of knowledge seeking and transformation that follows it steadily.
A beautiful story indeed! Isn’t it?
Lord Krishna in Bhagwad Gita says,
न हि ज्ञानेन सदृशं पवित्रमिह विद्यते |
तत्स्वयं योगसंसिद्ध: कालेनात्मनि विन्दति ||
Meaning: In this world, there is nothing as purifying as divine knowledge. One who has attained purity of mind through prolonged practice of Dnyana Yoga (the Yoga of attaining knowledge), receives such knowledge within the heart, in due course of time.
Lord Krishna thus explains to us that Knowledge has the power to purify, elevate, liberate, and unite a person with his ultimate goal. The process of attaining knowledge is supremely sublime and pure, hence transforming a person.
My dear friends, let us all dive into this ocean of spiritual knowledge which is eternal to all times and bring transformation, success and peace in our life.
Love, Light and Peace to all.
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