108. The Holy Man and the Dog



There was a holy man who lived on food given to him in charity.
One day when he received some food, he sat down next to a dog, and they ate together. The man took a morsel of food and placed it in the dog's mouth, then he put a morsel in his own mouth, back and forth, taking turns.
The villagers saw this and started laughing, thinking he was a lunatic.
The holy man also laughed and he said, "God sits with God; God feeds God! You, God, are laughing, and I, God, am laughing! Whatever is... is God."

Inspired byTales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna
Notes: This is story 153 in the book. In Ramakrishna's version, he uses Vishnu as the name for God in this story. You can find out more about Vishnu at Wikipedia.


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