A devotee recently had a dream in which she saw Shirdi Sai Baba. In that dream Baba was feeding her Khichdi. This is an extremely meaningful dream to have.
This devotee then posed a question asking for what this may signify. It is very important to know what the true significance of such a dream is. Baba would always communicate very symbolically, that is His characteristic and that still continues.
We happened to speak with Guruji Pujya Dharamdas Baba about this vision, and this is what Guruji spontaneously shared with us: “A human being can live without clothing and shelter, however difficult his circumstances, one would survive. But there is one thing nobody can live without, and that is food.”
“Annadaan is the highest form of compassion a human being can exhibit. Through this dream, Sai Baba is telling this devotee that she must practice Annadaan just as Sai Baba fed her, Baba is asking her that she should do the same for people and animals, those who genuinely are in need.”
“Feed those who don’t have food and sometimes survive on one meal a day, those who are ill or physically weak. And this also includes all animals too, those that are not cared for, starving, malnourished and injured.”
Anyone who is truly in need of food and sustenance should be fed. Then Guruji went on to say, “Therefore, through this dream, Baba was explaining to this devotee: << As I have fed you, you must feed others, including feeding those people who find life extremely challenging. This is the most compassionate thing you could do as a devotee. I fed you, now you must continue this by actively feeding other living beings who are in dire need. >>”
It is well known that after Baba begged for alms, he would place all the collected food in front of the Dwarkamayee and before touching it, allow birds, cats, dogs and all the poor people in Shirdi to have their fill and eat to their heart’s content.
Only after that would He sit down for his meal, for He tended to eat very little. Following His beautiful example, we too should feed the poor and continue His wonderful and selfless practice of the highest form of Charity ANNADAAN.”
Guruji assured this devotee and everyone else, that one who adopts this practice will surely attain the grace of Sai Baba.
Coincidentally, this devotee posed her question on the day of Datta Jayanti, when the film “Sai Baba – The Avatar of Lord Dattatreya” was being edited. In this film Pujya Dharamdas Baba narrates his own experience, where Sai Baba gave him Darshan in a dream, and he too was fed Khichdi by Sai Baba in that divine vision. Hence we were drawn to pose the question to Guruji, since he himself had this same experience of Sai Baba.