The man with a saintly appearance was having a roti and a little gee for his lunch. A
dog came by, snatched the roti from his hand and ran away,
He at once jumped to his feet, and taking the bowl of gee in his hand, he ran behind
"0, my friend, why do you eat that dry roti? Have some gee also" - shouting
like this, he pursued the dog. At long last he was able to catch it. He smeared the roti
with gee and fed the dog.
Many were marveled at this sight. Some called him mad. Some laughed at him. Some
praised his goodness. Neither theyre derisive laughter nor their praise caught his
attention. All that he was interested in was feeding the dog.
This compassionate man was Namadeva the saint. (Saint means a great man whom, with his
mind set on God, desiring nothing for himself, leads a pure and good life.) What he saw
even in a dog was the element of divinity. He was a great soul. He lived, throughout his
life, with the conviction that there is divinity in every living being.
Small wonder then that he who treated a dog with such love preached and practised that
all mankind is one.