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A Sparrow Once Laid her eggs on the seashore. Soon the eggs hatched. But a very high tide carried the babies into the sea. The mother sparrow cried all day long. Then all the sparrows gathered together and decided, ''Let's fill in the sea with sand and rescue the babies. Millions of sparrows came together. Each one would dip its beak in the sea and fill it with sea water and then throw it onto the shore. Every sparrow would then pick up a grain of sand or a small pebble and throw it into the sea.

Naradji happened to pass by that way. He saw the millions of sparrows and so asked, ''What are all of you doing?'' The sparrows said, ''The sea has taken away our babies and so we're filling the sea in.'' Naradji was astonished at their efforts and faith. He at once went to Vaikunth.

The Lord asked Naradji what the latest happenings on earth were. Garudji was sitting next to the Lord. Naradji answered the Lord in a loud voice so Garudji could hear, ''The human race is getting along well, but rot has set in amongst the birds.'' Garudji heard this and asked, ''Naradji, why speak ill of my race? What has happened amongst my people?'' Naradji explained, ''Millions of sparrows have united and are trying to save the babies of one sparrow by filling in the ocean. They're working tremendously hard. You yourself belong to the bird race. You should join their efforts. Your not helping them is the rot and disunity I'm talking about!'' Garudji at once went to the seashore. He filled one of his wings with sand and pushed it into the sea. With each push he filled forty gaau of sea.

The sea become worried, ''Garudji will completely fill me in no time!'' he thought to himself. He took a human shape and came before Garudji and folded his hands in humility. Garudji said, ''Give the babies back.'' The sea at once gave the babies back. It was because the sparrows were united that Garudji joined their efforts, and the sea was humbled. The sea that Garudji filled in is today known as the Bhal region of Gujarat. The water there is salty even today! If we have unity amongst ourselves
the Lord is sure to join our efforts.

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