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NOVEMBER 2005
 
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THE GASH ON THE BACK


 

There lived on the banks of the sacred Ganga a poor Brahmin, who was an ardent student of the Bhagavad Gita.

He read it every day.

He worshipped the Book and he tried to live according to its teachings.

But his faith was sorely tried, for he was immersed in distressing poverty. His bowl was seldom filled.

He and his wife were on half ration all the time.


One day, while overcome by grief at his misery, his eye fell on the 22nd sloka of the 9th chapter, where the Lord assures that He will bear the burden of all who take refuge in Him.

He felt that in his case, the assurance was a hoax.

And so, he took his pen and dipping it in red ink, he struck out the exasperating line!

Somewhat relieved of anger, he rose and went out with his bowl.


Before long, two boys, brothers by appearance came to his door.

The younger of the two had a bluish darker hue.

He had a bag of rice and the other one had a bag of sundry other provisions.

The wife was surprised, because they insisted all of it was for her and her husband!

She could not believe it!


The woman found a bleeding gash on the back of the younger boy.

She asked him, "Who had inflicted the cruel wound?"

The boy replied with a mischeavous smile, “Your husband!”

How could he lose his temper so much as to stab such a charming child, she wondered.

But the brothers disappeared in a flash.


 

When the husband returned home the woman questioned him about the gash on the back of the younger boy.

The husband said he knew nothing about the bleeding boy. He pleaded innocence. He wondered who could have sent them help. His head was in a whirl.

Then he turned to the Gita for consolation. The Book opened on the 9th chapter, sloka 22.

Ah! His eye fell on the angry gash he had drawn on that page, across that line!

That pen had in fact cut Sri Krishna’s back! His want of faith had “wounded” Him. Realising this he ran about like mad, to discover the Boy and fall at His feet, crying for mercy. But He could not be found.

- Baba

So, have faith in the Assurance of the Lord. When He says, “Why fear, I am here.” He means it. When He says, “I look to you, when you look to Me,” He really looks after you and takes care of your needs.


 
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