Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Shirdi Sai Baba on Setu bridge of Ramayana

Recently there was much political disturbance in India. It was about the bridge that Lord Rama had built between India and Sri Lanka, on the way to defeat the ruler of Lanka, a demon with immense powers and sena (troops).

Had read it in news papers, without much interest as it was a political subject and not a spiritual one. But since Lord Rama, Ramayana has immense spiritual meaning even to this date (it can never die and so does Shirdi Sai Baba), it was not left merely as a political subject. Lots of devotees made a protest about it.

The spiritual giant or a sadguru of this time Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who leads Art Of Living foundation, criticized it(One can read it here). I was called by parents to watch Sri Sri, Guruji, as he is lovingly called by his devotees, giving a interview on a television news channel. A website was shown which proves the facts of Ramayana actually happened. I could not google find that site shown, while the tv interview, but found this article on a blog which is quite impressive.

Tonight was reading a book i bought from my Shirdi visit a few days ago, Baba's Rinanubandh. The book deals with Rinanubandh, karmic debt of past lives of Shirdi Sai Baba with his many loved devotees. See what Baba says about Rinanubanh in essence of Sai Baba teachings.

One devotee that stands apart in Rinanubandh was Shama. Shama was the closest of Sai Baba, and shared a relationship of a closest friend, with Saibaba, the one with the greatest of the greatest, God. Shama would speak with Sai Baba, as a closest friend speaks, quite knowing the stature of Sai Baba.

Once the following incident took place. Shama asked Sai Baba, " Kaya Re" ( a slang use in Marathi, to address the closest of friends, otherwise it would enrage the other person as a mark of disrespect). "Deva (Shama always use to address Sai Baba by Deva, meaning God) it is written in Ramayana that Lord Rama got a bridge built by 1 crore (10 million) monkeys. This bridge (is called Setu) spanned the sea, so Lord Rama and his troops could cross the sea and reach Lanka. There He waged war with Ravana and vanquished him. Deva, is this true."

Sai Baba replied, "Yes this is true. The sea is real and Lord Rama was really there."

Shama inquired, "Deva, where did so many monkeys sit? And how did they sit?

Sai Baba replied, "They sat on the trees and clung to the branches. They looked like myriads of ants."

Then Shama asked Sai Baba, which perhaps only he could lovingly dare, "Did You see this with your own eyes?"

Sai Baba replied, "Yes, yes I saw them with my own eyes. Alright Shama."

Shama again said what only he could lovingly dare, "When I first saw You, You hardly had a stubble of mustache (a popular way in India to suggest youngsters). Then how and when did You go to see 'Vanar Sena(troops of monkeys) Re.' "

Sai Baba replied, " Shamyaa (as He lovingly called Shama) you and I have been together for many generations. I remember them but you do not."

In wonders Shama asked, "How old were You then?"

Sai Baba, "Just as you see me now."

Shama could not grasp the immensity of this spiritual fact or truth. He persisted, "Is this really true?"

Sai Baba as always, "Have I ever lied sitting here in the Dwarkamai? What I say is true. I swear by you."

Read  more -  Stories of Shama – Madhavrao Deshpande


Meera Kaura said...

Thanks Alpesh for posting it. The other day someone sent me so many pictures of the setu bridge and scientific arguments, such as, it is not a man made must have been formed naturally between india and srilanka as they were joined, etc. Where as I thought it was "setu" bridge that we have heard about since our childhood days...Baba's affirmation of it also settles my doubts. Thanks for posting it.

Alpesh Patel said...

Yes Meera,

When Baba has said there should be no doubt. For me when He says there is nothing left to doubt. i would see no theories or scientific explanations.

All his life Sai Baba had shown us He is much, much higher and beyond science or ordinary human thinking and experiencing.

రామ ShastriX said...

Very interesting, Alpesh. Thanks for posting the same.

Wonder why, but i really enjoy all the incidents concerning Shama :-)

Anonymous said...

Jai Sai Ram!
Your articles are very enriching & relevant!
I could go through only few articles. But I think I'll go through all of them!
I don't have words to express appreciation of your contributions to humanity!

Anonymous said...

Jai Sai Ram,

Dear Alpesh bhai,

Awesome article...Jai Shri Ram..

Some people are so ignorant to call it a natural formation. Even a person who has learned probability will be able to tell us how low the probability is for there to be a bridge from India to Sri Lanka like that as mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures. Now that they have found the pictures of the Bridge, with such the low probability, it has to be a truth...

With the limited intelligence of a Human mind, the ignorant humans seems to always doubt the almighty, incomprehensible actions of the Lord and term then as myths or false.

Same with how they found the Saraswati river bed near the Indus valley civilization and the Dwarka under the sea.

Check out an awesome video on YOUTUBE, search for, "Hinduism - scientifically proven religion".

May Baba bless you for this wonderful website.

Thank you for this beautiful source of information on Baba.

Jai Shri Ram,
Jai Sai Ram,


Alpesh Patel said...

Thanks Avani !!!

And Thanks Saurabh !!! for your wonderful comment !!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, Alpeshji... as usual...
Baba bless you.. with long life and strength.. for your divine works...

Many thanks... Suresh

Alpesh Patel said...

Om Sai Ram,
Thanks Sureshji.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much........ you can't even estimate how great service u r doing by posting all these things here.......... Thanks a lot......

Davuluri Srinivasa Rao said...

Mr. Alpesh
trust this finds u to the best of ur spirits.
thnx for posting such a nice fact from Baba's satcharitra.
Om Namo Shri Sai Nath


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