We used to offer the first food we prepare in a day as naivedyam to God in our puja room. One day we were surprised to see the roti we kept there disappeared. We thought the kid might have taken, so did not bother about it. The next day when it repeated, we asked the kid who said he did not take it and there was no chance too, as it was ragi roti which he did not like at all! We were clueless! God accepted our naivedyam as prasadam?? But still couldn’t believe it. One day as there were nothing special, we kept two biscuits, that too disappeared!! God accepts Marie biscuits too? Yes, as said in Bhagavat Gita,
"Patram pushpam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
(whatever that is offered to God with love and bhakthi, be it a leaf, flower, fruit or water, he accepts it!). We thought of sharing this experience with our family and friends after waiting for another day.
The next day, I moved my computer towards the door, so that I can see the puja room and the puja table and began my usual jobs. After some time, I saw someone peeping through the window…. a squirrel!! I remained still and just let the eyeball watch her! She moved fast towards the puja room as she knew the way very well. I tiptoed behind her and peeped in to watch her. She jumped up to the puja table, holding the dosa with her front feet began chipping it from one edge.. when she almost finished it, she noticed me and left the remaining dosa there and escaped through the window!.. Now this incarnation of God knows that we wouldn’t do anything to it, so she comes in even if we are around. If nothing else is kept, she pushes off the Annalakshmi and finishes the rice in which devi was sitting!..She is just scared of the little one in our home now who did not allow her to share the pori (puffed rice) from her plate and chases her whenever she sees her, unlike her brother who would jump up on to the chair leaving her to finish from his plate.
Now, how did I find it was a SHE?... She just gave birth to 4 little squirrels in our TV carton!.. She'z gotto be a she.. rite?