By: Sweety Vyas

There is a famous story about a panda (learned man) who lived in Puri. His name was Arjun Mishra. He
would read the entire Bhagavad Gita every day. Because he spent a lot of time studying the Bhagavad
Gita and because of his unwavering faith he was called Gita Panda by the local people. He was an ardent
devotee of Lord Jagannatha and a simple and surrendered soul. He was detached and had unshakable
faith in the Lord.
Gita Panda was very poor and lived by begging. Once, due to the heavy rain which went on for an entire
week, he could not go out and beg. He happily spent time at home reciting the Bhagavad Gita. Soon,
whatever food there was at home dwindled, and his family was forced to fast. His wife was angry and
frustrated. She wanted him to go and beg for food to support the family. Calmly, Gita Panda assured her
that the Lord would provide for them. He quoted the following verse from Bhagavad Gita – “But those
who always worship Me with exclusive devotion, meditating on My transcendental form – to them I
carry what they lack, and I preserve what they have.”
Days passed and the situation became worse. The wife in her anger opened the Bhagavad Gita and
scratched the verse with three lines. Sometime later, there was a knock on the door. Gita Panda’s wife
answered the call. Two beautiful boys were at the door with lots of food ingredients. One of them had
darker skin and was all attractive while the other was fair-skinned. They explained that these food
ingredients had been sent by a friend of Gita Panda. Overjoyed, the wife offered to feed the boys but
they refused. The dark boy mentioned that though they desired to eat the food, his tongue was cut in
three places and hence he could not eat. The boys then left.
Elated, the wife went to her husband and gave him the good news. Gita Panda at once realized that the
boy was the Supreme Lord Himself. He had come to help His devotee. The Gita emanates from His lotus
mouth and because his wife had scratched the verse three times, this reflected on His tongue. To offer
their sincere thanks and seek forgiveness, both Gita Panda and his wife went to the Jagannatha temple.
They were astonished to see that Lord Jagannatha had three spots on his lips. This confirmed to them
His divine visit to their home.
This story teaches us of the importance of faith. Complete faith means to accept whatever comes to us
by God’s grace. Faith is necessary for a devotee. It indicates his trust in the Lord. The Lord is always
eager to help His sincere devotee who is fully surrendered to Him.

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