The Sparrows in Trance
Dharmadev has a field in Targav. Here is where is saved the paddy
seeds. Dharmadev was planning to go to a neighboring village for
a couple of days with his younger son Rampratap. In the field, the
crops of paddy seeds were ready. The crops needed to be protected
from birds. Mother considered, "Who will look after the crops?
And if no one take this responsiblity, not only will the crops be
destroyed but all the work put into their growing will have been
in vain." Mother worried about this a lot and soon Ghanshyam
came to console her. He said to his mother, "Mother, don't
worry. What can I do for you? Tomorrow I will gfo to the field to
guard the crops." Mother took her son's soft words of compassion
and grace and was able to sigh a deep breath of inner peace.
The next morning, Mother served food to Ghanshyam and put a cap
on his head. THen Ghanshyam took a stick wearing embroidered shoes.
Mother then gave him earrings to wear. This divine child was set
to go the field.
In no time, Ghanshyam reached the field and climbed a tree. He
saw hundreds of sparrows spoiling the crops. Some of them were just
sittting around chirping, as they tend to do. Others were wasting
the crops by pecking at them fiercely. Ghanshyam thought to himself,
"What can I do?" He knew if he threw a stone, a bird may
get injured or die. That would be a great sin. Thinking and thinking,
Ghanshyam soon had an idea. He extended his divine sight and looked
at all the birds. The birds all became silent and still as did the
weather. All the birds moved from where they were to another place.
The beaks of some birds were open. While other birds were frozen
in mid-flight as Ghanshyam had put all the birds in a trance.
All the birds were in a trance and therefore there was no need
for t worry about guarding the crops. Ghanshyam went to Pragji were
playing and Ghanshyam joined them. In the evening Ghanshyam freed
the birds from their frozen state and went home. Mother was eagerly
waiting for him. Seeing him playing with a stick as he approached
his house, Mother sent him to guard the harvest of the paddy.
So Ghanshyam did the same thing as he did the day before, he put
the birds in a trance. Then he went to play with his friends. The
kids were jumping, running and laughing. Dharmadev and Rampratap
came home from their trip and Bhaktimata served them hot food. She
then told Rampratap to go to the field and check on the condition
of the crops.
Rampratap and Dharmadev both went to the field to check on the
crops. They searched for Ghanshyam, but he couldn't be found. It
occurred to them that he might be playing with his friends. Dharmadev
scolded Ghanshyam, "Why did you mother send you here?"
Ghanshyam politley said, "There isn't much damage to the crops."
Dharmadev took Ghanshyam with him as he wanted to inspect the crops.
They witnessed how the birds were all in a trance. Dharmadev wondered
and became speechless. He thought the birds an eerie look and they
all suddenly began fluttering around like birds thnd to do. Rampratap
and Dharmadev believed that this was nothing other than the work
of God, so they returned home.
Answer the following questions.
- What was Bhaktimata worried about?
- What did Ghanshyam were when he went to
- How did Ghanshyam save the crops from
- With who did Ghanshyam go play with?
- Whom did Bhaktimata tell to go check on
the crops in the field?
- What miracle did Rampratap and Dharmadev