In this age of internet, we have all the upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and entire Pauranic literature available at our fingertips, for free, but still we don’t find many reading them.
At the same time, many of us can easily pull a all nighter, binge-watching Netflix, playing a video game, or arguing on useless topic.
Not only that, many a times, we are happy to spend hours, proving others wrong, showing ‘I-am-better-than-you’ or just to spite someone, but for some reason, the same vigor does not come when we want to read these scriptures.
Why? Why is it so difficult to open Bhagavad Gita or Upanishad and read?
Krishna explains this in Bhagavad Gita:
चतुर्विधा भजन्ते मां जना: सुकृतिनोऽर्जुन | आर्तो जिज्ञासुरर्थार्थी ज्ञानी च भरतर्षभ || (7.16)
Four types of people, engage in studying -> distressed, seekers of worldly pleasures, curious and knowledgeable (Dnyani).
Lets not wait to be distressed, to start reading, instead use other reasons to get started.. Being curious sounds much better. -:)
BTW, this is not new phenomenon, Adi Shankaracharya has written “Guru Ashtakam” just to cover the exact same questions.
Guru Ashtakam has eight shlokas, and starts like this:
शरीरं सुरूपं तथा वा कलत्रं यशश्र्चारु चित्रं धनं मेरुतुल्यं | मनश्र्चेन लग्नं गुरोरङ्घ्रिपद्मे ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ||
Even though, one has beautiful body, beautiful spouse, has rich glory and reputation, has wealth like Meru mountain, but still mind is not ready to commit to a guru, why is that?
You can listen this beautiful composition at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv7ZiedzncE