Sai Baba materializes the wedding
necklace which Nala made and offered to Dhamayanthi
It was about
eight years or so, when we were in the Divine Presence in
Kodaikanal. Swami was having nice time with the students whom he
had chosen to accompany Him during the Vocation with the Divine.
It was late in the evening and the usual chat with students
commenced. Swami was explaining the story of “Nala &
Damayanthi” whose love affair became fruitful in their
wedlock. There was a small canal running along the backyards of
the palace where Damayanthi was living and further down the
stream where Nala was living. Swami explained that Damayanthi
used to send letters to Nala and a faithful Swan in the stream
used to courier these letters to Nala and bring back the replies.
Just a few days
before the wedding date, Nala accosted Damayanthi who looked very
sad and forlorn. Nala enquired the reasons for her sadness, when
Damayanthi replied that the Swan, which was instrumental in
bringing them together, has passed away recently, and that the
feeling that the swan will be missed during the actual wedding, is
making her sad. Nala too expressed his shock and grief on hearing
the news. He enquired how best he could do something to remove her
sorrow. Damayanthi suggested that he could design a “Mangala
Suthram” (Thirumangalyam or the wedding necklace) having a
pendent in the form of the swan. And Nala fulfilled her desire by
designing the Manga suthram in the form of a Swan. Swami then
enquired whether the students wished to see the pendant of the
Mangala suthram which Nala made and offered to Dhamayanthi.
students cried in chorus, “Please Swami!!!”
Swami waved His
Divine Palm and created a pendant, and showed it to all of us. We
were wonderstruck with the beautiful design and the creation of
the pendant, which was in the shape of a swan. It was filled with
hundreds of small, small pieces of Diamonds studded all over!!!!
“This is the pendant of the Mangala suthra, which Nala tied
around the neck of Dhamayanthi!!!” declared Swami.
While we route
our thoughts with such Divine experiences, our minds are united
with Swami, and this also forms a great path of meditation. Any
small or probably ‘not-that-much’ important factors which we may
come across in unexpected sources, may give us a cue to enable us
channelizing our thoughts towards Swami.