Shabri was queen in her previous life. She was doing service with the wealth. Once, she went Prayagraj and met several sages. She desired to meet pure sage and died in triveni sangam. In her next life, she was born in Bheel tribe.
Shabri was getting married. On the day of wedding, her father made huge preparations. A large number of goats were brought. They were to be cooked. Shabri thought, this violence would take place due to her. She decided to leave the house. She left the house in mid night.
She stayed on the bank Pampa River near Matang sage hermitage. The Matang sage used to kill one elephant in a year and devour on him whole of the year. When other sages decried him; he said, they killed many animals in a year and he killed only one.
Shabri started cleaning the path of sages on which they came to take the bath in Pampa River. Matang sage asked about her caste. She told correctly. Matang sage thought that she is of low caste but not of low in deeds. He told her to stay in his hermitage. She was pure but people were criticizing sage saying that he has kept one Bheel girl. The sage initiated her in mantras of Shri Rama.
One day, Matang sage was in his last stage. Shabri was distressed. She asked him who would take her care. The sage said to her that she has been trained in Ram-mantras. She should keep trust. One day, Shri Rama would arrive in her residence. The day cannot be predicted but he has already appeared in Ajodhya.
Shabri collected berries & other fruits daily and waited Shri Rama whole day. In the evening she used to distribute the fruits among children of sages which were brought for Shri Rama. Her time passed in waiting and she turned old. But she was living in hope as the guru ji told her.
Shabri chanted Shri Rama mantras whole of the day and led a restraint life. When Shri Rama and Shri Laxmana arrived at Pampa River, the sages welcomed them and asked to visit their hermitages. Shri Rama said, first he would go to the hermitage of Shabri.
When Shri Rama & Shri Laxmana reached hermitage of Shabri, she was chanting Rama mantras. Shabri welcomed them and offered seat. She told Shri Rama that she is from low tribe but surrenders herself to him. Shri Rama told her that he understand devotion only and nothing else. Shabri brought berries and offered everybody after tasting. She forgot that she is offering half eaten fruits.
Shri Rama asked her, if she has any desire. Shabri asked Shri Rama to purify the Pampa River water. Once, one sage hit Shabri with his feet which polluted water of the River. Shri Rama told that it could be purified by Shabri only. Shabri was made to take bath in the River and water of Pampa River was purified. Shabri left for heaven after seeing Shri Rama.
Shri Shrimad Bhagwat Rehsaya by Shri Ramchandra Keshav Dongra ji Maharaj
Rishi Vishwamitra used to perform Yajna. Mareech, Subahu etc. had always interrupted in Yajna. Vishwamitra rishi thought to bring Shri Rama to save the yajna. Vishwamitra visited Ajodhya, took a dip in Saryu River and reached in the assembly of Raja Dashratha. Dashratha ji welcomed him and said, due to good deeds of his ancestors, such a revered rishi came to his place. Raja Dashratha asked what service he could do for him. Vishwamitra blessed him and said to Raja Dashratha that his yajna has been interrupted by the Rakshasa and asked to send Shri Rama to save it. Raja Dasratha was trembled.
Raja Dashratha said to the rishi that he has got the sons in the old age with his blessings. He has four sons but Shri Rama is most affectionate to him. He could not survive without him. Shri Rama is very innocent, obedient, loves his brothers and pay high respect to him. Raja Dashratha became emotional while praising Shri Rama. Raja Dashratha pleaded the rishi that he could take his entire kingdom instead of Shri Rama as he is his life.
Vashisht ji explained Raja Dashratha that as per astrology, this year is destined for wedding of Shri Rama and his brothers. Hence, there is no hindrance in sending him. Vashisht ji said that he believes Vishwamitra has come for their wedding. Raja Dashratha was much elated to hear about their wedding. Then Raja Dashratha was ready to send Shri Rama. Shri Laxmana insisted to come along with Shri Rama to escort him. Both came in assembly and saluted everybody. Raja Dashratha asked them to save yajna of Vishwamitra. They readied and went to Mata Kaushaliya for blessings. She gave blessings and asked to obey the directions of their father.
Shri Rama and Laxmana walked along with Vishwamitra. On the way, they elevated Tarka. Vishwamitra was having his hermitage near Janakpur (now in Nepal). Shri Rama and Shri Laxmana started surveillance of yajna. Vishwamitra was offering the oblations in the fire and staring Shri Rama & Shri Laxmana.
Rakshasa reached to interrupt yajna. Repeated vision of Shri Rama, nature of Mareech transformed. He thought that interruption of yajna performed by Vishwamitra should not be done. He pondered over his transformation and concluded that by seeing the Shri Rama & Shri Laxmana, such thoughts have arisen.
Before completion of yajna, invitation came from Janakpur for the Swaymvar (selection of bride-groom) of Sita. Vishwamitra moved to Janakpur along with Shri Rama and Shri Laxmana after completion of yajna. On the way, Vishwamitra advised Shri Rama to touch a rock which was Ahilea. Ahilea came alive. Ahilea saluted Shri Rama. Gautam rishi, husband of Ahilea came there. Gautam rishi blessed Shri Rama that he would marry to a virtuous girl.
Yajna, Swadhya, Tapas and Dhyana do chitshudhi (चितशुद्धि). Chitshudhi does vision of almighty.
Source: Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran