By Sri Madhusudan Naidu
Given To God, Never Goes Waste!
It was during the Navarathri Homas and Dussehra Yajnam 2017 that a child rose on His knees while Swami passed by in Darshan and put forth a very sincere question,
“Swami, we are offering ghee, sarees and several other expensive articles in to the fire, is it not getting wasted? Instead the same money could be better utilized for serving more poor.” Swami, paused in His steps bent low to hear him out and then with great patience and compassion explained, “Dear one! Anything offered to God does not go waste instead it comes back manifolds. The farmer who scatters a few grains on to the Mother Earth, might appear to be wasting food which could feed a few more hungry people, but truly the wise farmer knows that if he gives even a little to Mother Earth, she will give back many times more as a rich harvest later.”
I could not imagine if the concept of offerings to Gods during Yajnam could have been simplified any further.
Then Swami went on to say, “A little piece of saree that Draupadi tied to the bleeding finger of Krishna, came back manifolds to save her honor in the court of Kauravas.”
“Fire is the postman who delivers our letters and parcels to the Gods whose names and addresses are chanted through the Mantras, but without paying the postal duty or attaching the stamp of love, the letter would not reach the addressee. Similarly, we must offer even if little, with great love which is what God wants from us.”
The child was satisfied and I, overwhelmed at the implification of such profound truth.