The devotee barber, Sena
There once lived a barber named Sena. Sena was devoted to Shrīvishṇu and would chant God's Name day and night. He was also the king's barber.
One morning, after taking a shower he was performing ritualistic worship (pujā) as usual. Suddenly, a messenger came to his house asking him to come to the palace immediately to shave the king. As Sena was busy with his worship, his wife told the messenger that he was not at home.
The king kept sending the messenger to Sena's house to see if Sena had returned. Every time, Sena's wife would give the same reply. Now Sena had a wicked neighbor who finally told the king's messenger that Sena's wife was lying. On hearing this, the king became very angry and ordered his soldiers to go and throw Sena into the river.
Seeing this, Shrivishnu immediately went to His devotee's rescue! He disguised Himself as Sena and appeared at the palace to shave the king. As soon as the king saw his favourite barber, Sena, his anger disappeared and he told the soldiers to forget about throwing Sena into the river. Instead he asked 'Sena' to shave him.
While he was being shaved, the king would look down and see the reflection of Shrivishnu in his shaving bowl. But when the amazed king would look up, he would see his barber 'Sena'! When the shave was done, the king was very pleased with the Divine Form he had seen, so he gifted Shrivishnu, disguised as Sena, with a bag of gold coins. Shrivishnu, in Sena's disguise, left the gold coins at Sena's home and disappeared.
That evening, the king called Sena to the palace for another shave. When Sena reached the palace, the king requested that Sena show him the same Divine Form of Shrivishnu that he had seen during the shave that morning. At first, poor Sena could not understand what the king was talking about. But within a few moments he realized that Shrivishnu had rescued him in the morning, so he prayed to the God to show the king the same Divine Form, again. The king was enchanted to see the Divine Form of Shrivishnu again and started chanting the God's Name day and night. Sena was happy to see that the king had started worshipping God.
When Sena reached home that night, he came to know about the gold coins left by Shrivishnu. He felt immensely grateful for the God's grace. Sena offered the gold to some Sages and once again got immersed in chanting God's Name.
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