Why Should We Read Guru Granth Sahib, Even if We Can't Understand A
An old American Sikh lived on a farm in the mountains of Eastern
Kentucky with his Young Grandson.
Each morning Grandpa was up early, sitting at the kitchen table,reading his Guru
His grandson wanted to be Just like him and tried to imitate him in
every way he could.
One day the grandson asked, "Grandpa! I try to read The Guru Granth
Sahib just like you: but I don't understand it, and what
I dounderstand, I forget as soon as I close The Granth Sahib.
What good does reading the Granth Sahib do?"
The grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and replied,
"Take this coal basket down to the river and bring me back a basket
The boy did as he was told, but all the water leaked out before he
got back to the house.
The grandfather laughed and said, "You'll have to move a little
faster next time,"
And sent him back to the river with the basket to try again
This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before
he returned home.
Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was impossible to carry
water in a basket, and he went to get a bucket instead.
The old man said, "I don't want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water.
You're just not trying hard enough," and he went out the door to watch
the boy try again.
At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to
show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the
water would leak out before he got back to the house.
The boy again dipped the basket into river and ran hard, but when he
reached his grandfather, the basket was again empty.
Out of breath, he said, " See Grandpa, it's Useless!"
"So you Think it is Useless?" The old man said, "Look at the Basket."
"The boy looked at the BASKET and for the first time realized that the
BASKET was different.
It had been transformed from a Dirty Old Coal Basket and was now clean,
inside and out.
"Son, that's what happens when you read Guru Granth Sahib.
You Might Not Understand or Remember Everything, But When You Read
it, you Will Be Changed, inside and out.
"That is the work of Waheguru in our lives"