Aarti Natarajan Sharma
The Bhagavad Gita is known to be one of the greatest spiritual texts of all time. It imparts important valuable lessons on how to live one’s life, which are valid and relevant even today. The stories from the Gita are inspiring in nature and reaffirm the readers’ faith.
How the Bhagavad Gita Cleanses the Soul
There was once a learned sage who travelled all across the country telling stories from the Gita. He was a compassionate soul and was troubled by the sufferings he saw everywhere. He wanted to provide people with inspirational stories to give them faith and strength. He had a few disciples who accompanied him in his travels.
In one village, the disciples felt that the villagers were not interested enough in the teachings of the sage. This upset them and they decided to check if the villagers were even reading the Gita. They took some notes of money and put them in the copies of the Gita which the sage had asked the villagers to read. After a few days they checked and found that the money was untouched.
Filled with anger, they approached the sage and told him that he was wasting his time. They told him about their experiment and how the money was undisturbed. The disciples felt this proved the villagers were not interested in spirituality and the teachings of the sage vis-à-vis the Gita.
The sage chastised his disciples. He told them that they were fools to believe such things about the villagers. The sage explained that the glory of the Bhagavad Gita was such that it cleansed the mind and soul of whoever read it. The villagers had been listening to the stories of the Gita from the sage as well as reading it themselves. Because of this they were not tempted to steal the money. They had imbibed the essence of the Gita to such an extent that for them the money was just like an ordinary piece of paper.
The glory of the Gita can be expressed by the following quotes from the Gita Mahatmya.
“gitaadhyaayana-shilasya, praanaayama-parasya ca
naiva santi hi paapaani, purva-janma-krtaani ca”
(If one reads the Bhagavad-Gita with sincerity and seriousness, then by the grace of the Lord the results of his past misdeeds will not act upon him.)
“maline mocanam pumsaam, jala-snaanam dine dine
sakrd gitaamrta-snaanam, samsaara-mala-naashanam”
(One may cleanse himself daily by taking a bath with water, but if one takes a bath even once in the sacred water of the Bhagavad-Gita, for him the dirt of material life shall be vanquished.)