Tales of Lord Jagannath: The Anecdote of Arjun Mishra
This interesting anecdote brings to life a simple truth: never, ever doubt the word of the Lord. Good and bad happen with his will. He rewards patience and faith and as long as these virtues are there the end will be a fulfilling one.
Lord Jagannath Tales 6
Arjun Mishra was a devout person who spent much of his time reading the Gita. He was so busy in his devotional pursuits that often he would not bother to even go out and earn a living.
One evening his wife told him, “You keep yourself occupied in reading Gita and forget about your family?”
“Nothing much. There is not a grain of rice in the house. We will have to sleep hungry. But what is the point in telling you. All you care about is your own interest. Nothing else seems to concern you.”
Arjun Mishra was at that instant reading a passage in which the Lord had assured that the one who turned to him had no cause for despair.
‘I don’t quite believe this line anymore. If it were true why would I have to suffer so much,’ Arjun Mishra murmured and scratching the line went out of the house.
It soon began raining. An hour later there was a knock and Arjun’s wife opened the door. She was surprised to see two youngsters, one fair and the other dark, entering the house carrying lots of food stuff. As they placed their burden down, the lady observed a deep scratch on the dark boy’s back.
“What happened to you my child?”
“Mother, your husband got angry with me when I found it difficult to lift this burden and inflicted this on my back.”
The two youth then left the house.
Sometime later Arjun Mishra returned to his house.
“How could you be so cruel towards a tender boy?” demanded his agitated wife and quickly told him about the two youngsters who had come to deliver the food material.
Arjun Mishra was surprised. He had not sent anyone with food or anything else. In fact he had gone looking for work and because of the rain he had been unable to get anything to do. He had come back with empty hands and a heavy heart, ready to face his wife’s anger.
Arjun Mishra sat in silence pondering over this strange mystery. Soon the truth dawned on him. The two boys were none other Balabhadra and Krishna. What the boys had brought was Mahaprasad. Bhagvad Gita was as good as the body of Krishna and the scratch he had made on the text was reflected on the back of the Lord.
Stunned Arjun Mishra bowed his head before the Lord and sought his forgiveness for casting doubts on him and his word.
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