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Bhagavan & Lakshmi 5
« on: August 16, 2010, 12:37:06 AM »
On one summer, there was a shortage of grass in the Ashramam, and Lakshmi was not getting enough of it. She lost weight and had become very thin. Bhagavan noticed this, and he was concerned that she was not getting enough food. The next time he wen to the dining room, he refused to take food; instead he wanted to give it to Lakshmi. The news of Bhagavan's gesture reached everybody. The workers realised that Bhagavan was indirectly protesting against Lakshmi being underfed. Some fodder was brought from the market, enabling both Bhagavan and Lakshmi to resume their normal eating. Bhagavan said, "poor Lakshmi! She is a dumb animal; she cannot speak any human language. Even if we only half feed the animals they shall remain quiet. Why half starve them? Are we half starving ourselves because it is summer?"

Salutations to Sri Ramana
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta


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Re: Bhagavan & Lakshmi 5
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2010, 10:31:49 AM »

B.V. Narasimhaswami writes in Self Realization:

On festive occasions, she gets a good bath, turmeric paste and a little dot of kumkum on her forehead, with possibly one or more
garlands of flowers around her neck.  She goes up to the Maharshi
and takes leave every evening before leaving the Asramam for town
and before parting she receives the presents that may be available.
She is Sakuntala of the Asramam now.

David Godman says:  Bhagavan did not give Lakshmi special treatment simply because He regarded her as a favored pet.  He
allowed her the freedom of the Asramam because He recognized
that she was a highly advanced devotee who had taken the form of a cow in order to be with Him.

After her fourth delivery of calf, Lakshmi got the cowshed in the
Asramam and she became a permanent resident.

Arunachala Siva.