"Oka Chinna Katha" - When Bhagavan Baba intercepts the speeding current of His Discourse with these three Telugu words, meaning, "One little story" all ears are alert, and all hearts are quivive. For, the story that follows is a flash that illumines, a shower that cools, a joke that tickles, a "tablet" that alleviates, a peep into epic grandeur or pompous absurdity, a poetic parenthesis, an exhilarating prick, a lilt that enlightens, a sugar-coated pill of profundity, a disarming repartee, a volley of raillery on religious rigmarole! It may be a tonic tale of the past or the report of a contemporary comedy; it may be a thrust on theological disputation or a dear little dig at some egoistic dignitary.
The "Chinna Katha", if only we ponder over its relevance, is an effective instrument in Bhagavan's educational process. When He is discoursing, these parables and stories, ever on the wing, hover in flocks in the firmament of His Love; He lets a few fly into our hearts and nestles there, until we fondle and foster them and make them part of our thought and behaviour patterns. Here is a charming, fragrant bouquet of these multi-coloured Kathas for our delectation, meditation and inspiration.
Four friends once started dealing in cotton. They had a godown (warehouse) for the storage of the bales; finding that the cottonseeds attracted rats to the godown, a cat was introduced by them to scare the rodent throng. They tied jingles to her feet and since they loved it much, the jingles were gold! Once, when the cat jumped from the top of the bales, it started limping on one foot. So, they applied some balm and tied a long strip of bandage round the injured foot. The bandage got loose. And the cat, unaware of the long narrow cloth that was trailing behind her, sat near the fireplace, and when the cloth began to burn, she ran helter-skelter and fled into the godown itself, where the entire stock of cotton was reduced to ashes in a trice. The four friends had assigned to themselves each, one of the feet of joint cat and the injured foot belonged to one of them; so the other three charged him with the damages, which they claimed from him.
The matter went to the court and after hearing arguments on both sides, the judge said: "The injured leg has no responsibility, for it was taken into the godown with the trail of fire by the three healthy feet. So, damages have to be paid by the owners of the healthy feet to the owner of the limping foot". What may thus appear correct at first sight might prove wrong on second thoughts. There is correctness from the worldly point of view and correctness from God's. Find out what the point of view of God would be, by association with godly men; they can give you proper advice. You must seek and not avoid good men.