Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba was once in Dharmakshetra in Mumbai accompanied by Swami Karunyananda. (See photos) While SWAMI stayed in his apartment on the upper floor, Swami Karunyananda was given a room situated on the ground floor right beneath Baba's room.
Swami Karunyananda bolted his room door from inside & was looking out from his window when he saw a very disturbing scene.
Just outside the compound wall, some children were vying with stray dogs to grab crumbs of food from discarded leaf – plates!!! This scene filled him with surprise as well as distress. "Is it so ironical that human beings were competing with dogs to eat the discarded food when GOD in HUMAN FORM was present at that moment in that very building!!!", he thought.
As these thoughts were passing through his mind, there was a gentle touch on his shoulder. He turned around & found Sathya Sai Baba smiling & looking into his eyes!
Swami Karunyananda was flustered & said, "How could you enter my room when I had bolted the door from inside?"
Baba countered, "If I want to come in, can mere bolts come in my way? I've come to take you for meals."
"Swami, I'm troubled by a small doubt. You are GOD incarnate & present here right now in this body. And just look there behind that wall where some children are fighting with stray dogs to pick up crumbs of food from the garbage. How is it, SWAMI?"
BHAGAVAN explained patiently, "They had spent their earlier lives in ease & luxury. They disdainfully ate from tables heavily laden with every kind of rich food, pecking a little from this & a little from that plate. They threw away much more than they ever ate, discarding precious food. Hence in this birth they're picking up what they had earlier so recklessly wasted & consigned to the garbage dump!!!"
Swami Karunyananda later referred to this incident during his speech on the occasion of the World Conference of Sathya Sai Organizations at Prasanthi Nilayam, when SWAMI was also present on the dias.
REF: SRI SATHYA SAI SATHCHARITHRA by 'Santisri' JANDHYALA VENKATESWARA SASTRY.
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