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Experiences by Devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba

  The experience of Mr. Arjan Chugani

Here is the personal experience of Mr. Arjan Chugani.

I ate meat for fifty-two years of my life, until, step by step, Bhagvan Sri Sathya Sai Baba changed me into a vegetarian. It started in 1992. In a dream, Baba said to me "From today, whatever food you eat, you must offer to me."

Begining that day, I offered Him vegetarian food breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the days when I was vegetarian - Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays - I offered Baba the food I was having my self. When I ate meat on the other days of the week, I offered Him a vegetarian dish or some dried fruits.

This went on for two years until one Sunday in December, 1994. The day at lunch I offered some vegetarian food to Baba, setting meat dishes aside for myself. As I sat down to eat the vegetarian prasadam- along with the meat dishes- I heard a Divine voice: "What you eat, I wish to eat." Starled, I wondered if I had imagined it. But the voice said again, "Whatever food you eat, that food I want to eat". The voice said no more and I wondered whether the words had come from Baba or from my own mind.

Even after the experience, I did not give up meat. I continued my usual practice of being vegetarian on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and eating meat on other days. But something else started to happen. On the days I ate meat, I sneezed and got nose bleeds - mildly at first, but increasinglyprofuse.

In January 1951, I awoke as usual at five in the morning to do my prayers. I sneezed and blood flowed from my nose. My wife and I became worried. I held my nose and prayed to Baba: "Please stop this, I can't take this anymore!"

Suddenly, the Divine voice said: "Are you afraid of blood? "Yes, Baba" I replied. "I am afraid of blood". Baba answered: "When you go to the market, choose a chicken and give it to the slaughterer to kill, and when the blood flows, why are you not afraid? Do you think your blood and the chicken's blood are different? When the man at the market cuts off the chicken's head and it runs about in agony, you stand like a rakshasa (demon) looking on, indifferent to the pain of the living being. Isn't that so?" The voice went on. "So, when you see your blood, you are scared. But when you see the chicken's blood, you are not scared. I am in your heart. I am also in all living beings."

When I heard that, I sad, "O.K., Baba. Beginning today, I want to be a vegetarian. I will not eat meat again. But help me. Baba. Let me not be tempted to eat meat anymore". A month later, at Thursday satsang, the Divine discourse of Baba's sixty -ninth birthday was read. Bhagvan asked His devotees to stop eating meat, drinking alcohol and smoking if they really loved Him. I listened and said in my heart, "I have already given up eating meat. From this day forward, I promise not to smoke or drink alcohol".

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