Incidents from Ramana Maharshi’s Life – Injured Pigeon

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The Injured Pigeon

This was told by Annamalai Swami.

Bhagavan was always concerned if any of the animals in the vicinity were injured or discomfited in any way.

Once Bhagavan was walking on the Hill followed by Annamalai Swami, in the early morning, when a pigeon fell in front of them. It had been attacked by a bigger bird, and its head was severely injured. Bhagavan asked Annamalai Swami to pick the injured pigeon and bring it Backto the Asramam. When they got Backto the Hall, Bhagavan put the injured pigeon on His lap and massaged the injury with castor oil. From time to time, He would gently blow the wound. The bird made no objection to this because it was in a state of shock or was unconscious.

After Bhagavan’s treatment the pigeon made a speedy recovery. The next day, Bhagavan and Annamalai Swami took the bird to the Hill and released it. It flew away without exhibiting any signs of serious injury it had recently suffered.

(Source: Living by the Words of Bhagavan, ed. David Godman)

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