Ganges - Does the sins go away by dipping in Ganges- two stories
(The first story is very popular in Kerala and I read the second one in Tamil in the post of Mannargudi Sitaraman Srinivasan. Thanks to him.)
I. Pakkanar and the bitter gourd
There is a poor saint belonging to a low caste,
Long long time ago in the God’s own country named Pakkanar,
One day his master told him that he is going to Benares,
So that he can bathe in ganges, so that all his sins would go away.
Pakkanar gave a bitter gourd to his master to take to Benares,
With a request to dip it in the holy ganges and bring it t back with him,
And the master just did that and on return gave the bitter fruit to Pakkanar ,
Who immediately bit in to the gourd and said, “Its bitterness has not still gone.”
II.Saint Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and ganges
A great poor , very aged follower of saint Ramakrishna ,
Planned to go Benares, to bathe in Ganges and return back sinless.
The saint with a smile told that nothing like that would happen,
As once he leaves his dresses on the shore and takes the dip,
The sins would remain in his dresses and would again get attached to him.
The devotee was slightly convinced and asked the Bhagawan,
“They say if I am cremated after death on the shores of Ganges,
After my death , then my soul would go to heaven,”
The saint told “possibly , but the sins of that body get scared of Ganges,
And would climb on some tree and wait for good sinless persons like you,
And as soon as they see you, they would occupy your body.”
And so after a pilgrimage , you possibly would return with more sin.”