Saint who ate with a dog!


Compiled by London Swaminathan

Post No 872 Date: 27th February 2014

From “Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna”, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai. This book is available in several languages including Tamil.

“Once a god intoxicated Sadhu (saint) came to Rani Rasmani’s Kali temple. One day he did not get any food; and even though feeling hungry, he did not ask anybody for it; but seeing the dog eating the remnants of food thrown away in a corner after a feast, he went there and embracing the dog said, “Brother, how is it that you eat alone without giving me a share?” So saying, he began to eat along with the dog. Having finished his meal in this strange company, the sage entered the temple of Mother Kali and prayed with such earnestness of devotion as it sent a thrill through the temple. When after finishing his prayers, he was going away, the Master (Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa) asked his nephew Hriday, to follow that man, and talk with him.

When Hriday followed him for some distance, the sage turned around and said, “Why do you follow me?” Hriday replied, “Sir, give me some instruction”. The sage said, “When the water of this dirty ditch and the Holy Ganges yonder appear as one in your sight, and when the sound of the flageolet (musical instrument) and the noise of the crowd will have no distinction to your ear, then you will reach the state of true Knowledge. A Siddha roams in various disguises – as a child, as an unclean spirit, or even as a mad man”.-
——–Sri Ramakrishna

V0045119 Dattatreya with his four dogs and cow. Chromolithograph

Picture of Dattareya

Janaka was challenged by a Woman Saint

“Once a Sanyasini (a nun) came to the royal court of Janaka. To her the king bowed, without looking at her face. Seeing this the Sanyasini said, “How strange it is, O Janaka, that you have still so much fear of woman!” when one attains to full Jnana (wisdom), one’s nature becomes like that of a little child,— one sees no distinction between male and female.

The state of Paramahamsa (a perfect man) is just like that of a child. Like a child of five years, he feels no difference between man and woman. Yet, to set an example to the world, he should be on his guard against the other sex.
—– Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Holy man was beaten

“Once a holy man, while passing through a crowded street, accidentally trod upon the toe of a wicked person. The latter, furious with rage, mercilessly beat the Sadhu until he fell down unconscious. With much concern and care, his disciples tried various measures to revive him. When they saw that he was regaining consciousness a little, one of them asked, “Sir, do you recognise who is now serving you?”
The Sadhu replied, “Assuredly he who beat me”. A true Sadhu finds no distinction between a friend and a foe.
—– Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Jesus was a “Siddha”

“When the Jews nailed Jesus to the cross, how was it that he could, in spite of so much pain and suffering, pray that they should be forgiven?

When an ordinary coconut is pierced through shell, the nail enters the kernel of the nut. But in the case of the dry nut the kernel becomes separate from the shell; and when the shell is pierced, the kernel is not touched. Jesus was like the dry nut; his inner soul was separate from his physical shell. Consequently the sufferings of the body did not affect him. Though the nails were driven through and through, he could pray with calm and tranquillity for the good of his enemies.
—– Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

(Sub headings are mine;Pictures are taken from different sources; swami)