Once a person called Rohila by caste came to Shirdi, he was tall and well-built. Enamored by the love of Sai baba he began to live in Shirdi. He used to recite the ‘kalma’ of Quran and shout ‘Allahu-Akbar’ at the top of his tone. The other residents of the place were unable to work and sleep and soon the entire neighborhood became uncomfortable. They kept silent for many days but when the things became unbearable they went to Sai baba and requested him to order Rohila to keep quiet.
Sai baba did not pay heed to the request of the people and on the contrary he told the villagers that they should pay more attention to their work and not divert by Rohila’s voice. Baba further told the villagers that the wife of Rohila was of high temperament and she was troubling Rohila and Baba also. Since she doesn’t have the courage to come before the reading of kalma, Rohila recites them throughout the day. Rohila stays calm and happy by reciting it. Since then the villagers sympathized with Rohila and started enjoying his kalma.
In reality Rohila had no wife and Baba was pointing towards the negative and disturbing thoughts. Baba took side of Rohila so that the villagers gain the power of acceptance and tolerate the disturbance created by Rohila. Sai Baba wanted to teach that worship of God should be our prime importance without paying attention to the external negative factors and disturbing thoughts.
This is daily Gita and Srimad Bhagwatam Series in which we present their timeless and valuable teachings.
drupado draupadeyas ca
saubhadras ca maha-bahuh
sankhan dadhmuh prthak prthak
DRUPADA and the sons of DRAUPADI, and the mighty armed son of SUBHADRA also blew their several conches.
Sañjaya informed King Dhṛtarāṣṭra very tactfully that his unwise policy of deceiving the sons of Pāṇḍu and endeavoring to enthrone his own sons on the seat of the kingdom was not very laudable. The signs already clearly indicated that the whole Kuru dynasty would be killed in that great battle. Beginning with the grandsire, Bhīṣma, down to the grandsons like Abhimanyu and others-including kings from many states of the world-all were present there, and all were doomed. The whole catastrophe was due to King Dhṛtarāṣṭra, because he encouraged the policy followed by his sons.
With the Dust of the Lotus Feet of Sri Gurudeva, I Clean the Mirror of my Mind.
I Narrate the Sacred Glory of Sri Raghubar (Sri Rama Chandra), who Bestows the Four Fruits of Life (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).
The fifth month of the Hindu calendar is called ‘Shravan’ which means ‘to hear’. This is one of the sacred months dedicated to Lord Shiva. As per Astrology, the Shravan constellation is visible in the sky; hence the name is appropriate for the month. The divine and pious month is the best occasion to appease Lord Shiva and her consort Goddess Parvati, which can bring numerous blessings and success among the lives of devotees. In 2016, Shravan month is from 20th July to 18th August.
Story behind Shravan month:
As per renowned stories, the auspicious ‘Samudra Manthan’- war between Gods and demons, took place in this sacred moth. Lord Shiva drank the poison ‘Halahal’ to save the entire humanity from evil destruction; and stored it in his throat. It is also said that to reduce the effect of the poison, all the Gods (Devs) offered the holy water of Ganges to Lord Shiva.
Since then the Shivling, which radiate immense energy gathered during samudra manthan, is offered Ganges water by the devotees throughout the month. It is believed that offering water to Lord Shiva’s symbol leads to the relaxation of the high negative effect of the consumed poison and it pleases Him. As you shower water on the Shivling, the malefic effects of the high radiated heat is prevented on the worshipper.
Significance of each day in Shravan month:
- Monday is the day of Lord Shiva worship.
- Tuesday Goddess Parvati is worshipped by females for the good health of their family.
- Wednesday are dedicated to Vithala, avatar of Lord Vishnu.
- Thursday is the day to worship Lord Buddh.
- Friday Devotees worship Goddess Lakshmi and Tulsi.
- Saturday is for Saturn (Shani). It is also known as Shravan Saturdays, with the object of object of obtaining wealth. These days are known as Sampat Sanivara (wealth Saturdays).
- Sundays are for worshipping the Sun god.
Fasting and adoring Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is considered highly propitious during Shravan month. Performing Rudrabhishek Puja and chanting Maha Mrityuanjay mantras dispels ignorance by spreading the light of knowledge, and blesses the beings with wisdom and happiness.
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