Book: "Wisdom’s Blossoms – Tales of the Saints of India"
An incredible storybook for children and the parents. It consists of 26 stories from the lives of Indian saints, one on each of the 26 Divine Qualities of Chapter 16 (Verse 1) of The Bhagavad Gita. It is written by 2 sincere devotees of God, one of whom is from India and the other from US.
Here is a timeless collection of traditional stories that recount the personal spiritual journeys and true acts of selflessness by saints from various religious traditions indigenous to India, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Sufism. The authors present a diverse selection of these inspirational tales—about both men and women saints, from a variety of time periods, and from all over India—and make them relevant for a modern audience. The stories reveal that, despite their perceived differences, the same spiritual principles underlie all the great religious traditions.
Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 16, verse 1
अभयं सत्त्वसंशुद्धिर्ज्ञानयोगव्यवस्थिति: |
दानं दमश्च यज्ञश्च स्वाध्यायस्तप आर्जवम् || 1||
अहिंसा सत्यमक्रोधस्त्याग: शान्तिरपैशुनम् |
दया भूतेष्वलोलुप्त्वं मार्दवं ह्रीरचापलम् || 2||
तेज: क्षमा धृति: शौचमद्रोहोनातिमानिता |
भवन्ति सम्पदं दैवीमभिजातस्य भारत || 3||
The Supreme Divine Personality said: O scion of Bharat, these are the saintly virtues of those endowed with a divine nature—fearlessness, purity of mind, perseverance in acquiring wisdom and in practicing yoga, charity, subjugation of senses, performance of holy rites, study of the scriptures, self-discipline, and straightforwardness; noninjury, truthfulness, freedom from wrath, renunciation, peacefulness, non-slanderousness, compassion for all creatures, absence of greed, gentleness, modesty, lack of restlessness; radiance of character, forgiveness, patience, cleanness, freedom from hate, and absence of conceit.
Age group: Teens and adults will enjoy reading these stories. Also, parents can tell these stories to their younger children. The book does not contain any colorful pictures but is written in an interesting manner.
- Fearlessness: Tegh bahadur Helps His Hindu Brothers
- Purity of Heart: To the Lover Thou Art Love
- Perseverance in Acquiring Wisdom and in Practicing Yoga: Milarepa Builds a Tower
- Charity: Upagupta and the Courtesan
- Subjugation of Senses: Vemana Mends His Ways
- Performance of Holy Rites: A Monk for a Day
- Study of the Scriptures: A Leap of Faith
- Self-discipline: Tulsidas Runs Off to His Wife
- Straightforwardness: Ramanuja Disobeys His Guru
- Noninjury: The Buddha and the Bandit
- Truthfulness: Mirabai Marries Krishna
- Freedom from Wrath: The Man Who Spat on a Saint
- Renunciation: Like Water on a Lotus Leaf
- Peacefulness: Two Cloths
- Non-slanderousness: Eight Topics of Conversation
- Compassion for all Creatures: The Wedding Feast That Never Was
- Absence of Greed: The Governor’s Last Day
- Gentleness: Namdev Feeds a Dog
- Modesty: The Flawed Pot
- Lack of Restlessness: Of Ledger Books and Liberation
- Radiance of Character: Sitamma Feeds the Poor
- Forgiveness: The Might of the Mighty
- Patience: Nandanar Waits for Lord Nataraja
- Cleanness: The Weaver, the Fakir, and the Pig
- Freedom from Hate: Upasena’s Last Breath
- Absence of Conceit: Adi Sankara and the Chandala