Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
“NOT AT ALL,” REPLIED SAINT EKNATH, “I WAS WRONG TO COME IN YOUR WAY.”
As Saint Eknath bathed one day in the sacred Godavari, a Turk sitting on the banks spat on him as he came out of the water. Without a word of reproach, Saint Eknath simply went in and bathed again; as he came out wearing clean clothes, the Turk spat again and he went on and on every time Saint Eknath returned to the bath and came out so that he had countless baths until the foolish fellow got tired and was won over by his patience and forbearance.
“Forgive me,” he said, “I did wrong to spit at you thus.”
“Not at all,” replied Saint Eknath, “I was wrong to come in your way.” His humility had the effect of plunging the man into a well of repentance and he fell at his feet. “Alas, I am a sinner, Maharaj, please bless me and forgive me!”
“No, no” said Saint Eknath, “you did no wrong. Thanks to you I took 108 baths in the Godavari, it has done me good.”
The Turk felt all the more repentant and begged for his teachings.
“Very well,” said Saint Eknath, “remember this: God is One, whether you call Him Allah or any other name you choose. He also abides in all things. Behave so that you offend none and see God in all.”