The Glories of Bhagavad Gita
While visiting Bombay a devotee named Rupa Raghunatha Prabhu a diciple of Rahanatha Maharaja, related this story to me.
He was going store to store when I went into a place where about ten men were having a business meeting, usually when there's such a meeting it's very difficult to interest anyone in taking a book. This time however, as soon as one of the men, who was the director, saw me with the Bhagavad Gita's he invited me in and glorifed the Bhagavad Gita very nicely, suggesting that all of the men in the meeting purchase a Gita, which many of them did. He said, "This book is filled with so much great knowledge that it can change your life, and fill you with so much peace. It happened to be the end of the meeting so after everyone had left Rupa Raghunatha asked this man why he had so much faith in the Gita.
The man said, "For some time I had been going through some difficulty with my family, so much so that it had affected my work at the office. So I started drinking, which didn't help the situation. Finally I decided the only alternative is to commit suicide, I just couldn't continue this way. I was sitting in my room with a cup of poison in front of me thinking that this is it, the end of the road. Just then I looked up and saw in my bookcase the, " Bhagavad Gita As It is", then I looked to the cup of poison. Then I thought to myself, "Maybe it isn't the end." I pulled it out of the shelf, brushed off all the dust and started reading. After reading just a few sentences I felt relief, so I kept reading. For the next four days I only read Bhagavad Gita, which I finished. My life completely changed, I stopped drinking, all the family problems were solved, and I became so happy, like I had never been before".