A squirrel was accustomed to eating with Ramana Maharishi's own hands. Maharishi usually used to feed the squirrel with nuts. It so happened on a day that the squirrel came on it's usual time for food but Bhagwan was occupied with reading or some other activity that he delayed in feeding it. At this the squirrel got angry and bit Bhagwan's finger. Amused, Bhagwan decided not to feed the the squirrel with his own hands.
Thinking so, he left the nuts on the window and asked the squirrel to fill its belly. The squirrel was virtually upset and ran all over the body of Bhagwan as if to plead him seeking his forgiveness. Bhagwan, however was unmoved. This continued for two to three days. The squirrel was also obstinate enough not to eat until Bhagwan fed it. Ultimately Bhagwan gave in, feeding the squirrel with his own hands out of his immeasurable compassion.
PERSEVERANCE AS EXERCISED BY THE SQUIRREL IS WHAT IS NEEDED FOR A DEVOTEE TO ATTAIN SALVATION.
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