Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae
“THE ONE WHO INCARNATED AS RAMA HAD ONCE AGAIN DESCENDED IN THIS FORM.
ONLY WE DO NOT RECOGNIZE HIM..”
Ganga Bai cooked her offering for the merciful Baba Tajuddin and started for the Darshan of the saint on foot. At that time Baba was staying in the Palace of Maharaja Raghoji Rao. When she arrived there, she lost her initiative and hesitated to serve her poor offering to the great saint who was entertained luxuriously by His rich devotees and visitors. She was more afraid of the social consequences that might befall an “Untouchable” for daring to serve her food in the house of a great Maharaja.
Nevertheless, she tied her offering in a piece of cloth and hung it on the branch of a nearby tree, sitting herself at a distance from the man-of-God, and waiting for His darshan.
After a while, the Baba asked for His meal. The devotees hurried to vie each other in serving Him ever-richer dishes. But the saint refused to eat what was offered to Him. On the contrary, he asked for the meal ‘that was hanging on the tree’. The devotees were perplexed at what appeared to them to be cryptic words. They searched all about the place for any trace of the meal He described. When they found nothing, they offered what they had brought for Him once more.
But the Baba insisted on His previous demand being met. The perplexed devotees stood dumbfounded for they did not know what he meant. At last, the Baba Himself got up and walked straight to the tree, untied the meal that hung there in a piece of cloth, brought it down and ate it. He left a little of it and returned to His seat.
The woman was watching the whole incident from a distance. When the Baba left the spot, she gathered up what he had left as a “Token of his blessing.” Those who espied and envied her good fortune asked who she was, and she told them of her identity with great reluctance. They asked her what she knew about the great Baba and how she was inspired to bring an offering for Him?
She replied: “The One Who Incarnated As Rama Had Once Again Descended In This Form; Only We Cannot Recognize Him.” Truly, as Jesus Christ said, those who are learned do not know and the innocent ones know.