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(… Continued from Part I)

It is understood that, there are a number of Upanishads in different names. The numbers so far discovered in written form are said to be one hundred twenty. Out of these, thirteen – namely Kattha, Kena, Isha, Prashna, Mundak etc. said to be the oldest, are attached greater importance.

The hermits who lived in different times during the latter part of the Vedic era, visualized the Truth by revelation. We can know all about the ‘ Truth of Oneness and Divinity ‘ from the Upanishads – recorded therein for enlightenment of the blessed souls who love God for love’s sake and not for any material gain and try to see the light which enlightens the heart of everyone.

Upanishads have been translated in different language of the world -such as Farsi, Latin, English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Czech, Japanese etc. The Mughal emperor Shahjahan’s eldest son Dara Sikoh was a religious and conscientious person having vast knowledge of Holy Quran and other sacred writings. He had also acquired a very good knowledge of Sanskrit. Being very much impressed by the Truth revealed by the hermits, he translated fifty-two Upanishads in Farsi and named it ‘Sir-ree Akbar’ – which means’ Rahasya Vidya’ (Study on Misticism). Many Pundits had the impression that the meaning of Upanishad is “Rahasya Vidya” and for that reason presumably, he had also given such name to his translated works.

Swami Vivekananda presented the world the Message of Vedanta, meant for entire mankind irrespective of religion, nationality or any particular time. He gave a clarion call to all and sundry to take up one of the hymns from Upanishad as the regulatory law of human lives – ” Uttisthata Jagrata Prapya Baran Nibodhata.” The English version of this adage as done by Swamiji – “Arise, Awake And Stop Not Till The Goal Is Reached.”

All of you must have read ‘Aesop’s Fables’. You have seen the way Jesus Christ imparted education or used to give advice to his disciples with the help of short stories. Likewise, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansadeva also with the help of short stories or allegories, used to teach those who came to offer prayer to him and seek advice. The great Sanskrit poet Kalidasa had used umpteen numbers of allegories in his verses. Hence it is expressed in a proverb — ‘Upama Kalidasasya.’ Famous writer Achinta Kumar Sengupta in a book written by him, while mentioning about the numerous allegories made by Sri Ramakrishna, inserted therein a significant remark – “No no, no more Upama Kalidasasya. Henceforth Upama Ramakrishnasya.”

I tell you this because sometimes – knowingly or unknowingly – we fall behind and ultimately fail to reach our cherished goal. Sri Ramakrishna told a very fine story about how to go ahead towards the goal in our lives. May be you will like to hear the story from me.

March Forward, An Inspirational Story (Part II)

A woodcutter used to earn his livelihood by cutting trees in the forest and selling the wood in the market. One day, he failed to find salable wood even after searching for a long time. He was very much disappointed because he had no money to buy food. When he was coming back from the forest with a broken heart, he saw a sage sitting under a tree on the other side of the forest.

The woodcutter pondered – “Should I ask him if he can help me to get wood and earn my bread.” He hesitated for a few moments, but lastly decided to approach the sage.

In reply to his query, the sage turned his eyes on him and only uttered — “Go ahead “.

Contemplating his luck, he started moving ahead. A time came when he reached in such a place where there was plenty of wood. His mind was filled with joy. He collected wood as much as he could carry. That day he earned enough money, which he did never get in the past.

Next day, once again he started moving towards that place where there was enough wood available for a few more days. When he almost reached that place, suddenly it came to his mind that the sage had advised him to go ahead. “So why should I stop here. What is the harm if I go forward a bit more farther” — he said to himself.

This time he reached in such a place, which was full of sandalwood. On that day, he could earn much more than the previous day. In this way, keeping in mind the advice of the sage -he advanced farther and farther. As a sequel — he went on reaching, at first silver mine, then a gold mine and finally a diamond mine.

The story thus reveals that the woodcutter, even after getting at the very beginning much more than he ever expected did not stop, but marched forward as advised by the sage and as a result could lay his hands upon wealth.

Likewise you may also march forward without being thwarted by the odds that may come in your way to success so as to reach your cherished goal.

Wish you all the best.

Let you be inspired by the Eternal Message..

“Charoibeti Charoibeti.” ~ ” March Forward March Forward. ”

Written by Ranjit Kumar Banerjee on Mahalaya, 1409 // October, 2002

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