People bring cakes, sweets and other food items to celebrate birthdays to the temple I regularly visit. Once it is offered to Baba, it is distributed to the devotees visiting the temple. Last week while I was taking part in a bhajan session, I noticed a little boy came with his parents to celebrate his birthday. They brought a big cake with plates to serve. However, due to the virus and restrictions, they were told to take the cake back once offered to Baba. No one is allowed to distribute food at the moment. There was a disappointment on their faces. The little birthday boy looked a bit sad.
After we finished the session and offered our pranams to Baba, I went to the boy and asked if today was his birthday. With a big smile, he nodded yes. I wished him a happy birthday. The family had instant smiles on their faces. I told him that we are sorry we can’t eat the cake today but gave our blessings and best wishes for his birthday. He thanked me and smiled. I knew it wasn’t much, and they still will be taking the cake home with a little bit of disappointment, but this was the least I could do.
Times are difficult at the moment and looking out for each other is essential. This situation can be impacting lives in so many ways.