Expressing His gratitude to a Buffalo: Sri Sathya Sai – The Epitome of Universality

May 1960




Swami camped at Horseley Hills near Madanapalli for a few days in May 1960. When they were all set to leave, Swami exclaimed, “Should I not take leave of that very important person?” and rushed to the garden. Under a tree, there stood a buffalo much to everyone’s dismay. Embracing the buffalo, and patting its chin He said, “You have done Me good service Bangaru.” With that loving appelation, He materialised Vibhuti and smeared it on its forehead. Swami had acknowledged the buffalo for having carried drinking water uphill from a tank that was two miles away. After thanking this ‘devotee’, Swami proceeded with His journey. His love for these mute creatures would most certainly mute the descriptive power of poets.

Source: Sri Sathya Sai Digvijayam (1926-1985)

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