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  How Sathya Sai Baba Came as an Old Beggar to Shardamma's House

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, 1945

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 Baba 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.

Reference: “Living Divinity” by Mrs. Shakuntala Balu. Page: 180. Published by S. B. Publications, Bangalore, 1983.

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