The Message of Perseverance: the story of Bopdeb
- This story always gives me determination-smiles and gratitude-
From "Great Indian Meals", Part 1, story #4
The Message Of Perseverance
When Bopdeb was a young boy studying Sanskrit, he was the worst
possible student. In everything he used to fail. His parents used to
scold him mercilessly and his teachers beat him black and blue, but
nothing did any good. Finally his teachers gave up and threw him out
of school. Bopdeb was such a fool that his parents did not want to
keep him either. So poor Bopdeb, feeling miserable, left his home
and went to the nearest village.
Bopdeb used to pray and meditate under a tree near a big pond. One
day, he saw some village women carrying empty pitchers to the pond
and filling them. For quite a few days Bopdeb observed that after
the pitchers were filled, the village women would place them on the
stone steps by the pond and then go bathe and swim there. After
getting refreshed, they returned to the village with their pitchers
One day, when nobody was there, Bopdeb came near the spot where the
women always stood and noticed something significant. He saw that
the stone where the women would put their pitchers was being worn
down. It was no longer level with the rest of the step. Bopdeb said
to himself, "If, because the women placed their pitchers here
repeatedly, even the stone is wearing down, then what is wrong with
my brain?" From this he got the message of perseverance. He
said, "Perseverance will always reach the goal."
He started praying and meditating, and after meditating seriously
for a few days, he started reading his old Sanskrit grammar books.
Previously he had been the worst possible student in Sanskrit, but
this time he was able to remember what he read. He continued his
studies and, by perseverance, eventually became the greatest
Sanskrit scholar, especially in grammar.
5 January 1979
Just think! In school, he was so useless that he got kicked out, and
even his parents kicked him out of their home, and out of the
village, because they were so ashamed of him. But he refused to
surrender to the inevitability of fate!
Kali Kali Kring Kali Kring Kring Kring
Kali Kali Kring Kali Kring
Never give up!
From Guru's book "Today", aphorism for July 14, pg 214:
I am not going to bow
To the inevitability of fate.
I shall change my fate
And no longer remain
In the mind's desire-prison.