There once was a lady who lived in small village. She bought a white saree.
He wore it for a long time and when it was no long wearable she cut it up into pieces and used it as dust cloth.
This dust cloth became so dirty that she though it away.
There the dust cloth laid in the street, getting trampled but every one and getting even more dirty.
One day a saint Ramdas walked by and so this piece of cloth.
He picked it up and washed it in the river near his home.
He used some soap and beat it with a stick to get all the dirt out.
The cloth was now clean but wasn’t much of a cloth.
All the threads were loose and it was very frail.
The saint took all the strands and lined them up and then twisted them.
This form a nice thick strand. He put this strand in the an arati and lit it to offer it to the Lord.
Moral of the story:
The dirt on the cloth are our sins, the saints clean them in the water of Bhakti, apply a soap of knowledge and beat them with stick of detachment.
When the dirt is removed it is fit for only the Lords worship. It burns away gracefully.
When one meets saints , it can change ones life, sinner can become sage.
Cleaning of our hearth is done by chanting of holy name:
ānandāmbudhi-vardhanaḿ prati-padaḿ pūrṇāmṛtāsvādanaḿ
sarvātma-snapanaḿ paraḿ vijayate śrī-kṛṣṇa-sańkīrtanam
Let there be all victory for the chanting of the holy name of Lord Kṛṣṇa, which can cleanse the mirror of the heart and stop the miseries of the blazing fire of material existence. That chanting is the waxing moon that spreads the white lotus of good fortune for all living entities. It is the life and soul of all education. The chanting of the holy name of Kṛṣṇa expands the blissful ocean of transcendental life. It gives a cooling effect to everyone and enables one to taste full nectar at every step.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
PS: I humbly request all the devotees to please forward and share this moral / instructive stories they hear so that everyone can be benefited by hearing about Krishna and his dear devotees.