The One appears as Many
God is present
in every Being
How Baba came as an old beggar to
Sharadamma, the daughter of Sri Seshagiri
Rao, the temple priest of Prasanthi Mandir for many years,
came to Baba in 1942 when He was still a young boy of 16 years.
In her long association with Baba, she has had many wonderful
experiences. Here is one of her experiences as narrated by
Mrs. Shakuntala Balu:
“She remembers an occasion when she
had arranged Samaradhana Puja in her village. After the conclusion
of the puja she had organized a feast for the Brahmins (priests).
While the puja was still under way, an old
beggar arrived seeking alms. Sharadamma sent him away saying,
"Come later. The puja is not over yet."
The occasion went off very well. The old
beggar never returned for the promised food and Sharadamma
soon forgot about him.
A few months later, in Puttaparthi, she asked
Sri Sathya Sai Baba to pay her a visit at home. He looked
at her severely and said, "You invite me now,
but if I come to you, you may chase me away saying the puja
is not over yet".
With a shock, Sharadamma realised that it
had been Sri Sathya Sai Saba who had come to her that day
to test her. She bitterly regretted her action of that day,
but recognised that she had been taught a very good lesson:
never to turn away a hungry person who comes begging for food.
Divinity” by Mrs. Shakuntala Balu.
Page: 180. Published by S. B. Publications, Bangalore, 1983.