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Full text of "Sri Sai Baba`S:Charters And Sayings"

SIXTH TALK             113

on pure food and drink only, and keep it strictly clean
always, even from the minutest speck of dirt.

That idea th^t the body is an animal is really very
valuable. It sounds so obvious, you know, and yet
the more fully you follow it out, the nearer you will
be doing what is required. Let us suppose that you
keep a horse. I am taking it for granted that you are
a reasonable person, a kindly person, and that, while
you want your work done, at the same time you want
your horse to be comfortable and as happy as
possible, because you want to keep him in good
health. First of all you want to make friends with
him and get to know the creature, and to make him
to know you and to feel that you are kindly disposed
towards him, that you mean well by him, and that you
will give him all that you can in reason. You
establish a friendly relation, and then you watch quite
carefully to see what is necessary. You find out how
much food he needs, and what kind of food suits him
best, and you give him that. You take great care
that he shall have plenty, but you do not give him
things that will be bad for him. At the same time
you work him, because that is the object of your
having a horse. But you take great care not to
overwork him in any way. You find out what he
can do, 'and you set him to do it. You get him to
trust you, so that he will obey you, and that, when
you suggest anything, he will do what you want
knowing that all will be well with him. In this