40: Scriptures - An Idol of the Lord
Maharishi Vyasa provided an elixir to the entire world by writing the Shrimad Bhagwatpuran. When Uddhav, a devotee of Shree Krishna, asked, “O Lord, how will human beings see you in the future?” Shree Krishna replied, “I am placing all my effulgence in this Shrimad Bhagavatam. This is my scriptural form.” Therefore, Shrimad Bhagawatam is the Satchidananda Parmatman’s divine form. Similarly, Shree Ramdas Swami also asserts that the Shree Dasabodha created by the grace of Shree Ramachandra is the ‘Scriptural idol of Shree Rama’.
Santshrestha Shree Dnyaneshwar mauli explains that “Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is the scriptural idol of God”. Let’s understand this from an incident. A gentleman in Jagannathpuri would recite the Gita regularly. On one such occasion, he felt that the verse should read ‘yogakśema karomyaham’ and not ‘yogakśema vahāmyaham.’ He made the change by striking the words with a pencil and writing the correct word in the space. He then put the book away and headed off to work. Soon a cute little boy came home carrying a heavy sack. The gentleman’s wife asked, “What is this, dear child?” The child began to cry. He said, “Mother, your husband asked me to bring this heavy sack home. He spanked me when I couldn’t pick it up. See the scratches on my cheek.” Then the child left. When the gentleman returned home, the wife asked, “Why did you ask that little boy to bring home such a heavy sack and why did you spank him?” The gentleman was confused, “I didn’t send anyone. I didn’t even meet the boy, how can I spank him.” Suddenly it dawned on him. He had made the changes that morning. Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is the scriptural form of Shree Krishna. It was wrong to correct it. The pencil marks he used appeared as scratches on the Lord’s cheek.” Repenting, he wrote ‘ vahāmyaham’ on every page of the Gita and sought God’s forgiveness. In summary, it is true that Srimad Bhagavad Gita is the Lord’s scriptural form.
In Indian culture sages, saints guide the society through literatures and scriptures. These are the Lord’s forms and reciting and chanting these texts gives the reader indescribable happiness and joy. In the ‘Shree Datta Mahatmya’ P. P. Shree Vasudevananda Saraswati Swami Maharaj prays to Lord Dattatraya –
“I ask with outstretched hands, please reside in this text and bless each one who reads it.”