Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 22 Apr 2023


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How did Shabari spend her time when she was waiting for Rama?

[Smt. Lakshmi Lavanya K asked: Namaste Swami. I have read the life history of Sabari (in Google) that she has waited 13 years for Lord Srirama in Matanga Muni asramam alone. I request You to tell me about the qualities of Sabari , her mental status, how she spent her time in those years till she met Rama so that I can get motivation.]

Swami replied:- Shabari studied spiritual knowledge from the sage Matanga. She understood that human incarnation is the proper ultimate goal for a devotee in human birth. Hence, she did not do penance for God Vishnu, the energetic incarnation, relevant to the upper worlds. Therefore, she was waiting for the human incarnation of God only because even if she did penance for 13 years, it is not sure that God Vishnu will appear. Even if God Vishnu appears, His food is energy only and not fruits. Hence, Shabari cannot do real sacrifice and service to God. Shabari was not having any desire (worldly or spiritually) to be fulfilled from God except the one motive to serve God with sacrifice, which is the final step called karma Yoga.