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Post No 1948

Written by London swaminathan

Date: 22 June 2015

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If anyone is a sincere devotee and surrenders to God completely, God helps that person without fail. All of us know the story of Draupadi who was helped with endless metres of saris when Dussasana tried to disrobe her in public. There are similar stories in Hindu devotional literature.

In the following four anecdotes, three different saints with the same name Ramdas appear:  Samartha Ramadas, Bhadrachalam Ramadasa and Swami Ramdas of Anandashram.

1.Samarth Ramdas

Shivaji, the greatest of the Hindu kings in the Moghul period, was a great devotee of Saint Samartha Ramadas and Saint Tukaram. Very often he attended the Bhajan sessions and discourses of saint Tukaram. Moghuls who were after Shivaji tried to attack him wherever it was possible. Once they came to know that Shivaji was attending a discourse of Saint Tukaram. They surrounded the hall where the saint was lecturing. The saint also knew by Jnan Dhrsti (through the eye of wisdom) that the Muslim soldiers were waiting outside to kill Shivaji. Saints can do many things simultaneously. He prayed to god to distract the soldiers. Immediately god came in the guise of Shivaji and jumped on the horse like Shivaji and sped towards the jungle. Seeing that fanatical soldiers followed the horse and were led into the thick jungle. They lost their way and god disappeared! When Shivaji was about to leave he came to know what happened in that area through his spies. He thanked the saint and the god.

When you are in Gods service it is his duty to give you security.

rama young

2.Bhadrachalam Ramadasa

Following was posted by me last year:

“Hindu saint jailed for 12 years”, posted on April 8, 2014

Bhadrachalam Ramadasa built a temple for Lord Rama with the tax money due to the king Tani Shah. Though Ramadasa’s intention was good, he violated the law of the land. God never asks anyone to go out of the way to propitiate him. He says in the Bhagavad Gita that even leaves or flowers or water is enough for him to bless a devotee. Ramadasa was jailed for 12 years. But yet lord Rama answered Ramadasa’s intense prayers after twelve years! He and Lakshmana dressed as guards of a revenue officer went to the king and paid the big amount that was due. Both of them asked the king to release Ramadasa and disappeared. When Ramadasa came to know about it he told the king that he did not send anyone with the money. Tani Shah was happy that he had the darshan of Lord Rama. Those were the days when Hindus and Muslims lived supporting one another. Tani Sha’s ministers were Brahmins.

Ramadasa was very sad that Lord Rama and Lakshmana appeared before the Muslim king but did not give ‘Darshan’ to him. He sang in Telugu naming the Muslim king Tani shah in one of his compositions. Later he also had ‘darshan’ of Lord Rama.

3.Story Told by Swami Ramdas

There was a soldier in the service of a State. He was put on duty as guard at night. One night, when he was as usual on duty as a sentry, he saw at a distance devotees going in a procession singing God’s name. At this the soldier was overcome with devotional fervour. He ran giving up his duty, and joined the Kirtan party and started singing God’s name in their company. The whole night was spent in the Kirtan and the soldier returned to duty only in the morning. Soon after, he was ordered to appear before the commanding officer to answer the charge of absence from duty the previous night. The soldier explained what had happened. Though the charge was a serious one, he was let off with a warning.

The following night also he was on duty and again the same Kirtan party was seen passing nearby. The soldier could not resist joining the Kirtan party again. The next morning he returned to duty. He thought it would be better for him to report it to the officer before he called him. But the commanding officer could not understand what the soldier was saying. He said, “Why do you say you were absent from duty? Thinking that last night also you would absent yourself from duty and join the street singers, I myself came at midnight to the security post to check if you were there. And I saw you there on duty. So where is the question of absence?”

At this the soldier was stunned. He could guess how God was so gracious to him as to stand sentry, assuming his form, so as to save him from punishment. This incident completely changed his vision and life. He renounced everything and dedicated his life entirely to God.


Rama, recently discovered in Hampi, Karnataka

4.British Collector who saw Lord Rama

During the British rule, Colonel Lionel Blaze was the collector of Chengalpattu District near Chennai. Madurantakam, a nearby town has a huge lake. Every year the monsoon rains filled the lake and many a time it overflew or its banks breached. During his collectorship between 1795 and 1799, Col. Blaze camped there to oversee the repairing of the banks. When he saw big granite pillars in the famous ancient Rama temple he told that it could be used for strengthening the banks of the lake. The priests objected to the proposal saying that Rama would protect the town. But the collector insisted that if God could protect the lake why it breached several times. But he wanted to wait and see what happens in the next few days’ rain. The lake was full to the brim. Worried collector was supervising the banks at the dead of night. Suddenly he saw a flash of light and there stood two people with bow and arrow walking on the banks of the lake. The rain also stopped and nothing untoward happened. The collector knew that it was Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana who were guarding the lake. He had seen those pictures in the local temple. Collector Blaze’s name is in the inscription in the temple and the temple was renamed as Eri Kaatha Ramar in Tamil meaning ‘Rama who saved the Lake’ temple. It is on record that Col. Blaze along with Robert Clive had donated jewellery to the temples in that area including Kancheepuram.

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Reward for beating Guru!


Post No 1942

Date: 19 June 2015

Compiled by London swaminathan

Uploaded from London at 10-36 am

Samarth Ramdas was once going with his disciples to meet Shivaji. On the way they rested under a big tree. The disciples feeling hungry, entered the sugar cane fields nearby without the owner’s permission, cut some sugarcanes which they brought for their Guru. Hearing about the trespass and not knowing who the saint was, the landlord came there and in a fit of anger, took hold of a sugarcane and thrashed the Guru and his disciples, who took the blows coolly and proceeded on their way. Reaching Sivaji’s palace, they did not mention this incident to anyone.

When Samarth Ramdas was given a bath by Shivaji, he saw red stripes on saint’s back and enquired of him about it. The saint brushed aside the topic. But the royal disciple pursued his enquiry and learnt the truth from others. He sent for the owner of the sugarcane fields, who was soon brought before Shivaji and Samarth Ramdas when they were sitting together.

On seeing the landlord, the saint asked the king why he was ordered to come there. Shivaji replied that the wrong-doer who inflicted injury on the saint and his disciples must be punished.

Samarth Ramdas then said: “The owner of the sugar-cane field has done no wrong. He was quite right in belabouring us as he did. We had no right to enter his field and cut the canes without his permission as we did. So he must not be punished; nay, as compensation for his loss of sugar-cane, for the trouble of coming here and the anxiety caused by the fear of punishment, you must grant him a gift of five villages”. Thus he who expected punishment for beating the saint was not only forgiven but also given a rich reward.


Saints always forgive! They are full of mercy!!

God Feeds Toad in the Stone & Ant in the Box

Ramdas Shivaji

Written by London Swaminathan
Post No. 1118; Dated 19th June 2014.

There is a popular story about a conversation between Shiva and his wife Parvati. Shiva’s wife was annoyed at his idleness. Like every mother likes all her children to be fed well, she also asked Lord Shiva to go around the world and feed all the hungry creatures. Though she was the embodiment of love and kindness, she did not realise that Shiva was Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent.


Lord Shiva simply smiled at her and told her that what he was he doing. Parvati was very suspicious about what Shiva said to her. Suddenly an idea crossed her mind. He went to the backyard and caught a few ants and put them in the box. That evening she raised the issue with her husband once again. She asked Shiva whether he provided food for every living being in the world. Siva said to her that was what he was doing all the day. Now Parvati smiled at him and took the box saying, “Oh, My Lord, you forgot a few poor little creatures. Look here I have caught some ants in the morning. You did not even come near this box. I carried it with me all through the day”. Shiva asked her to open the box. When she opened the box she was greatly surprised to see the ants were eating rice. She felt very much about her ignorance and realised the greatness of Lord Shiva.

Toad in the Rock
Shivaji was very proud of his victories. He thought he was the one protecting everyone in his kingdom. Though he was arrogant about his achievements he was always obedient to his Guru Samartha Ramdas. So Ramdas wanted to teach him a lesson.
Once he was building a fort for which he engaged thousands of workers. He was inspecting them and felt a certain amount of pride. Guru Ramadasa was by his side. Immediately he asked Sivaji to bring some workers to break one huge rock. Shivaji was wondering what the Guru was about.


(One of the nature’s wonders is that toads inside the rocks. Whenever some stones are rocks are cut, people see toads living inside them).

As commanded by his Guru, he brought some workers and asked them to break the rock. Inside the rock they saw water in the holes and frogs (toads) living happily. Pointing out to the frogs Guru asked, “Shivaji are you feeding and looking after these frogs as well? Hearing this Shivaji’s pride was humbled and at once he fell at the feet of his Guru and sought pardon for his conceit.

tad in rock