United We Win
A Sparrow Once Laid her eggs on the seashore. Soon the eggs
hatched. But a very high tide carried the babies into the sea.
The mother sparrow cried all day long. Then all the sparrows
gathered together and decided, ''Let's fill in the sea with
sand and rescue the babies. Millions of sparrows came together.
Each one would dip its beak in the sea and fill it with sea
water and then throw it onto the shore. Every sparrow would
then pick up a grain of sand or a small pebble and throw it
into the sea.
Naradji happened to pass by that way. He saw the millions of
sparrows and so asked, ''What are all of you doing?'' The sparrows
said, ''The sea has taken away our babies and so we're filling
the sea in.'' Naradji was astonished at their efforts and faith.
He at once went to Vaikunth.
The Lord asked Naradji what the latest happenings on earth were.
Garudji was sitting next to the Lord. Naradji answered the Lord
in a loud voice so Garudji could hear, ''The human race is getting
along well, but rot has set in amongst the birds.'' Garudji
heard this and asked, ''Naradji, why speak ill of my race? What
has happened amongst my people?'' Naradji explained, ''Millions
of sparrows have united and are trying to save the babies of
one sparrow by filling in the ocean. They're working tremendously
hard. You yourself belong to the bird race. You should join
their efforts. Your not helping them is the rot and disunity
I'm talking about!'' Garudji at once went to the seashore. He
filled one of his wings with sand and pushed it into the sea.
With each push he filled forty gaau of sea.
The sea become worried, ''Garudji will completely fill me in
no time!'' he thought to himself. He took a human shape and
came before Garudji and folded his hands in humility. Garudji
said, ''Give the babies back.'' The sea at once gave the babies
back. It was because the sparrows were united that Garudji joined
their efforts, and the sea was humbled. The sea that Garudji
filled in is today known as the Bhal region of Gujarat. The
water there is salty even today! If we have unity amongst ourselves
the Lord is sure to join our efforts.
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