Everyone has their own priorities in life. While it is important to attend to our needs and fulfill our duties, it is essential that we also take time to observe human beings and other animals around us. It often happens that souls around us are undergoing pain and suffering, and it goes unnoticed by us, simply because we fail to pay attention.
I cannot forget June 1, 2011. While taking bath for Amritvela at about 3:30 a.m., I heard something fall into the bucket of water. Since it was dark, owing to the power cut, I brought a torch and saw that a small rat had fallen into the half-filled bucket. Howsoever hard it tried, it could not come out. Certainly, its life was in danger. I thought for a while, took the rat into a mug, put it into a plastic sack, and threw it away out of the home. The whole day I felt contented and happy that I had saved a life.
A few days later I came across a similar situation where I found a small animal, a puppy this time, fighting for its life. I was going to the BK centre for my Murli class when on the way I saw a small dog, stricken by some vehicle, badly wounded, by the roadside. It could not move but it was not dead. May be some help could save its life. But I was getting late for my Murli class.
However, I thought that saving a life should get priority over attending a class. I parked my bike, took out a bottle of water, and dropped a few drops on its mouth. The water had a good effect. I dropped more water and when I felt that it might regain consciousness, I left for my class.