I had heard this story as a child. It’s got a great message:
A boy used to see his grandfather read Bhagwat Geeta daily.
He’d ask the boy to do the same. Now the boy was a student of modern schooling & found it meaningless.
But just out of respect for his grandfather he’d read a line or two. The grandfather realized that the boy was not taking it seriously.
One day he gave the boy a basket used to store coal. He then asked him to bring water in it to fill a big tub kept outside their home.
“The basket leaks!” argued the boy.
“Just do as I say” the old man replied.
After about 10 rounds the boy gave up & say down holding his head.
The grandfather sat beside him & asked, “Did you fill the tub?”
The boy got irritated, “I had told you, grandpa, it’s leaking. By the time I reach the tub, the basket is always empty.”
Then the old man showed him the insides of basket & asked: “Where is the black soot of the coal?”
The cool stored in the basket used to leave a lot of black soot making basket black on the inside. But now the basket was good as new – inside & outside.
The boy didn’t understand the relevance of the question.
The old man explained, “You think your efforts got wasted. But you actually cleaned up the basket. The same thing happens when I read Bhagwat Geeta.”
The boy understood the intention of his grandpa. There was a lesson to follow. He looked on curiously.
“You may feel I don’t understand any of it, just like you argued the basket can’t be used to fill the tub. But I read anyway just like you tried to fill the tub anyway. With every read, i feel my darkness moving away, just like the basket got washed off its soot.”
Message as I had read it:
The message I was told at that time was:
“Karm kar. Fal ki chinta mat kar”
“Do your work. Don’t worry about the result.”
As I grew up I realized there’s another more important hidden message in it. One that the modern scientists too are realizing. And that message is in the Sanskrit language itself.
Sanskrit is the most perfect & selfless language of all.
It is Perfect since it is said that Sanskrit would not need special syntaxes like c programming needs. A compiler built on Sanskrit can directly compile verses into executable programs.
That makes all Sanskrit scholars who can read & write in Sanskrit as potential software engineers. Can you say that about any other language?
It’s got a logical arrangement of letters the barahkhadi & a set of building blocks called dhatu words which represent a few basic properties & some grammatical rules that can create practically infinite word combinations.
It is Selfless because it doesn’t have any given name. Only properties have names. In fact, even People are named based on their properties.
Reading anything written in this language will naturally make a person perfect & selfless. Add to that a great message from a leader like Krishna & you have SHREEMAD BHAGWAT GEETHA.
I find Indian philosophy fascinating because of its repetitive nature. And it’s ability to relate varied matters together into a common thought. I hope to learn this dev bhasha someday & reduce my distance from the supreme.