One day Panduranga asked
Namadeva, "Are you always aware of the fact that this entire world is filled with
"I look upon all life in the same light," answered Namadeva.
We have already seen how when a dog snatched the bread from his hand and ran away,
Namadeva pursued the dog with a view to feeding it with gee too.
Namadeva told that this attitude of his was due to the teaching of his Sadguru Visoba.
It was Ekadashi (the eleventh day) of the month of Kartik. Namadeva was fasting that
day. An old Brahmin came to him begging for food.
"Today, you know, is Ekadashi, the day of fasting. I should not treat you to any
regular meal. I can get you some fruit if you want," said Namadeva.
"If I don't get a meal, I will die of starvation. The sin of killing a Brahmin
will be on you."
"I know nothing about sin or meri good deed," said Namadeva.
"You don't seem to have the slightest mercy. Yet you show off your philosophical
knowledge in empty words. Do you allow this old man to die of starvation?" demanded
"If you die today for want of food, let me face the same fate," declared
But then the eyes of the Brahmin started rolling up. The very next moment he was dead.
Namadeva without a second thought carried the corpse to the bank of river Bheema. He
prepared a pyre to burn the body and laying himself on the pyre beside the Brahmins
body, he set fire to the piles of wood. His wife also was making ready to follow her
husband. At this juncture Panduranga showed himself in his glorious divine form with four
hands, saved all of them and showered his blessings on them.
Namadeva went and lived in the northern country when all the contemporary saints
departed from this world. Just as he had written many Abhangs (abhangs means a song
composed and sung by the saints in Maharashtra in praise of God's glory) in Marathi, he
wrote Abhangs in Hindi also. To love God with all their heart, to lead a pious life
surrendering everything to him with steadfast devotion is the way of devotees. it is
called the cult of Bhakti. Through- ages South India had built up a tradition of Bhakti.
After Namadeva went and settled in North India, a similar tradition was set up there also.
This great saint passed away in 1350 A. D. He was then eighty years of age. His whole
life was dedicated to Vitthala. He was a divine light guiding many a pilgrim on the path
There are two kinds of Abhangs in Namadeva's compositions: those, which express the
yearing of the devotee for the vision of God, and those, which express the bliss of
fulfillment after God realization. The total number of all his compositions is said to be