Baba Fed Sumptuously, HOW?

Once, Mrs. Tarkhad from Mumbai was staying in a certain house in Shirdi. At noon, meals were ready and were being served, when a hungry dog turned up there and began to bark. Mrs. Tarkhad got up at once and threw a piece of bread which the dog gulped with great relish!

In the afternoon, when she went to the Masjid and sat at some distance, Sai Baba said to her, “Mother, you have fed me sumptuously! My famished Pranas (life-forces), have been satisfied. Ever act like this, and it will stand you in good stead. Sitting in this Masjid I shall never, never speak untruth. Take pity on me like this! First give bread to the hungry and then eat yourself. Note this well!”

She could not understand at first the meaning of what Baba said. So, she replied, “Baba, how could I feed you? I am myself dependent on others and take my food from them on payment.” Then, Baba replied, “Eating that lovely bread I am heartily contended and I am still belching. The dog which you saw before meals and to which you gave the piece of bread, is one with Me, so also other creatures (cats, pigs, flies, cows etc.), are one with Me. I am roaming in their forms. He, who sees Me in all these creatures, is My beloved. So, abandon the sense of duality and distinction, and serve Me as you did today.”

Drinking these nectar-like words, she was moved, her eyes were brimmed with tears, her throat was choked and her joy knew no bounds.

Moral – “See God in all beings!” The Upanishads, the Gita and the Bhagwat, all exhort us to perceive God or Divinity in all the creatures.

Bow to Shri Sai – Peace be to all!

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