SHIRDI SAI BABA
We have seen Sai Baba’s contacts
With Gods, Saints, Men, subjects,
Now it’s time to see how he deals
With lesser beings like animals.
It was noon, almost the lunchtime,
When Mrs. Tarkhad was at home,
Serving food to her family members,
But she heard a dog’s moaning sounds.
She came out to the outer gate,
Threw a piece of bread out,
Which the hungry dog ate,
And shook its tail for her gift.
The same evening when she went
To the meet Sai Baba at his seat,
He welcomed her saying, “Mother,
Today you’ve fed my hunger.”
“So, feed other’s hunger first,
And then eat your food next,
By making it as your custom,
It’ll become the best system.”
The Mother asked him, “Baba,
Your hunger when did I feed?”
He replied, “The dog you fed,
Was none other than me, your Baba.”
“I roam in many forms and shapes,
Of creatures like dogs, cats, crows,
And make no difference between
Them and me, as hunger is common.”
What sane advice he gave her.
God has created this hunger,
In fact, in every living creature,
With no difference, lower or higher.
He asked Mrs. Laxmibai for a roti.
Which she brought from home,
But he gave it to a street dog then,
To her annoyance for his action.
The same advice he gave her.
That whoever feeds the hungry,
Let her feel that she feeds me only,
Thus he loved every creature.