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Chapter 7: A Song of Life

Then the whole of heaven laughed happily. All the gods gathered there and requested him to come in. Then Yudhishthira noticed that the dog was not a dog, it was Lord Krishna himself. It was his test! If at that time Yudhishthira had forsaken the dog and had entered the gate without him, then he would have missed heaven. That was the test of his love, of his faith, of his integrity. Yudhishthira learned only one lesson - truth. That was enough to take him to heaven. Arjuna took a long time to learn it. Krishna spoke the whole of the Gita, but even then Arjuna went on doubting. Yudhishthira learnt only one small lesson in his life and that was the lesson of truth. Even the teacher had doubted his intelligence because he was stuck on the first lesson, but he soon realized that there is no other lesson after the first one.

Whosoever has learnt one lesson has learned all. Don’t try to learn everything, otherwise you will miss - a little,.a little of the Gita.. If there is a little awareness of the divine, if you have heard part of the song of the divine, if your ears have heard even a little of that song, if even one word has gone to your heart, then that will become the seed. It will sprout and become a tree, and you will be filled up with unlimited fragrance. All is hidden in that one seed.

The pundits remain empty. They are able to memorize the Gita, but they cannot hear its song. Their mind is full of the words, but their hearts remain unmoved, untouched. They can repeat the Gita, but there will not be a tear in their eyes, there will be no music in their hearts, there will be no dance in their feet - they will just go on repeating like a dead person, mechanically, without being touched inside. There is not even a scratch on their heart, not even a shadow.

So Shankara says.who has read even a little of the Gita.. Here Gita doesn’t mean only the Shrimad Bhagavadgita, be-cause he who has read even a little of the Koran, he will also attain; he who has read even a little of the Bible will also attain. And he who has read neither the Bible nor the Koran nor the Gita, but has read life a little, he will also attain. The whole emphasis is on the awakening of understanding - he who has not passed his life sleeping, he who has been awakened, has opened his eyes and has recognized life a little.

If you can get a hold of even a little, then you can get a hold of the whole of heaven. If you get a hold of one ray, you can get a hold of the whole sun. You can get the sun with the help of that one ray. If you are sitting in a dark cottage and you can see one ray peeping through the thatched roof, you can find the whole sun in that ray. If you start with that one ray, you will certainly reach the sun. There is no need to have the whole of the sun in your house - what will you do with so much? You will get indigestion! Don’t start accumulating scriptures, they will become your prison. Then your wings will not be able to fly, nor will your heart be able to dance, nor will you be natural.

It is the scriptures which make people more unnatural than anything else. If you can understand, I would like to tell you that it is the scriptures which have made people irreligious. More people have become irreligious because of scriptures and not because of anything else. As the number of scriptures goes on increasing, man is becoming blind because he thinks that the understanding is in the book, and that just by reading it he will be able to get this understanding. But if getting this understanding was really so easy, then the whole world would have been very understanding, very intelligent.

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