Sathya Sai Devotees Treat Beggars Daily

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Devotees Treat Beggars Daily
10 Aug 2008, 0536 hrs IST, S Girijashankar,TNN

CHIKMAGALUR: Beggars are a nuisance anywhere. They are there at the doorstep of your house and at shops and on the street. But here is one group which sees the other side of the coin and views the issue differently.

A group of seven or eight devotees of Sathya Sai Baba provide food daily to nearly 22 physically-challenged beggars . Vasu, who supplies food every day to these beggars, said they were inspired by Krishnappa , who used to work in a cooperative. One day, when discussing the issue of beggars, Krishnappa said that instead of talking one should find ways to help them. But it should not encourage the ablebodied among them to stop earning their bread.

They first started identifying the beggars who were aged or completely disabled. Thereafter, they purchased a few loaves of bread and began distributing them once a week. This was just the start.

But eight years ago, when more persons joined them, they decided to feed the beggars daily with food from their homes. Now there are over 30 households that prepare food for nearly 22 beggars every day. This group of seven or eight youths collects the food, puts it into packets and distributes them in the evening.

Muddegowda , one of the beneficiaries, said: “I am not an orphan, but this gangrene in my leg pushed me to this situation. I was forced to leave my house and in utter frustration, I wanted to commit suicide. But the Sai devotees helped me and instilled confidence in me to live up to this day.”

Similar are the tales of other beggars, such as the aged Lakshmamma, Perumal, Hajabba and Rangamma. But today, they are able to have one tasty, sumptuous meal a day. The Sai devotees sometimes even provide medical care.

The food prepared in these households varies. If one day it is rice and sambar, another day it is chapati, idlis or rice bath. Housewives who cook the food for the beggars, do not consider it a burden and do it all with love.

Vasu said the beggars look up to them as God in human form. “But we feel they are God, because Swamy (Sathya Sai Baba) has preached that ‘Daridra devo Bhava’ (the poor are God). Since eight years, we are doing this service and no housewife has complained,” he adds with pride.


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