Sunday, July 04, 2010
Beggars outside HSB
Aham Vaishvanaro Bhutva
Praninaam Dehamaa Ashritaha
Prana Pana Samayuktah
I stay in all living beings as ‘vaishvanaragni’ or Digestive fire and digest all four types of food
Translation of the above verse in Gita obtained from MedIndia
I have been to that particular Hotel Saravana Bhavan a host of times. I enjoy my food there almost always despite the little hurried nature of that restaurant. No complains though because the quality of the food is pretty good. Almost always, my bill is around Rs. 100. Once I pay up, i quickly leave paying little attention to the mostly naked, smeared with mud bodies right outside the hotel. Lost in my own world, Ive been paying little attention to the fact that its the same digestive fire,
vaishvanaragni,that is in me, which krishna identifies himself with, is in those bodies too! This fact struck me with great force recently. How blind have i been to this face for so long!
While we happily feed the digestive fire in us with all the best things we can lay our hands on, when faced with responsibility of treating the digestive fires in others, the first reaction is 'do I have change'. Even if we have it, we start thinking what about the upcoming bus journey for which we may need it. Even while we are so unconcerned about the beggars hunger, if its a marriage in our house, we go about spending lakhs feeding our friends and relatives. There is a lot of pride taken on the size of the menu. What crap! Can we all change and realize that the food we take in, if we are to listen to krishna, is a divine offering. Can we realize the divine in us and see the divine in others, as either the
vaishvanaragni or otherwise?