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Ramana Maharshi About Draupadi’s Sari Becoming Endless
« on: May 25, 2010, 12:55:54 PM »
Talk 101.

A gentleman from Ambala asked: What is the rationalistic explanation of Draupadi’s sari becoming endless?

M.: Spiritual matters cannot be fitted into rationalism*. Spirituality is transcendental. The miracle was after Draupadi had surrendered herself. The secret lies in surrender.

More Over Verse 468 Of Guru Vachaka Kovai Says,

In ancient days the chaste lady [Draupadi] had her honour saved and her sari lengthened by the Grace of Lord Krishna only when at last, letting go of her own hold on her sari, she lifted up both her hands in complete surrender to Him; and the strong wicked one [Duchasana] who was stripping her fell down abashed.

Sadhu Om: So long as Draupadi was trying to hold her sari by her own hands lest it should be stripped off and was calling Sri Krishna for help, His Grace did not begin to function. But as soon as, having complete faith in His gracious protection, she gave up holding her clothes with her own hands and lifted them above her head,
her surrender became complete and hence His Grace began to function by making her sari grow unendingly and by making the wicked Duchasana, who was stripping her, fall down in a swoon.

This incident is pointed out there in order to instruct us that we should give up the sense of doership and should thus surrender to God completely and unreservedly.


1) GURU VACHAKA KOVAI The Light of Supreme Truth or THE COLLECTION OF GURU’S SAYINGS Translated from the Original Tamil by Sadhu Om and Michael James With an Introduction by David Godman

2) Talks With Ramana Maharshi Book


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Re: Ramana Maharshi About Draupadi’s Sari Becoming Endless
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2010, 09:52:20 AM »
A woman's dignity being utmost, really it is a very fitting example of what a complete surrender should be like. First belief in guru, then faith and then finally the surrender. Really draupadi was no common woman. She was a divine incarnation..


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Re: Ramana Maharshi About Draupadi’s Sari Becoming Endless
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2010, 10:17:17 AM »

Draupadi was first holding the sari with her two hands. Krishna
did not come to help.  Then she left one of her hands, to raise it
and call Krishna.  Krishna did not come to help. When finally, she
left both her hands, and cried Govinda! Govinda!  Then the sari
started coming in various colors endlessly, till Dushachana became
tired in stripping it and fell on the ground in exhaustion.  This is
the total surrender of Draupadi.  In total surrender, God comes to
help. Not till such time, you keep an ego, hoping to save yourself.

One Tamil poem is there:

There was one Mahavidvan Meenkashi Sundaram Pillai in
Tiruchirapalli.  Incidentally, he was the teacher of U.V. Swaminatha Iyer, an outstanding Tamil scholar, who had also come to meet
Bhagavan.  One day Pillai was sitting on the outer portal and he
heard one villager going on the street singing:

Ottaikaikkum Athinakkum aayiram kadham.
Aanalum nadukkathaiya selai vyaparam!

Pillai did not understand it first.  He chased the villager and
asked for meaning:

Ottaikai -  Ottai in Tamil means a hole, a Dwaram.  Ottaikai -

Athianam - Hastinapur in Tamil.

Between Dwaraka and Hastinapur, there is a thousand mile
distance.  Even then, the sale of sari is conducted briskly.
Krishna was in Dwaraka but Draupadi was in Hastinapur.
But the sale of saris was conducted briskly.  Krishna is the
sari merchant.  Draupadi was the buyer.  No courier post,
no parcel through India Posts. No personal messenger.  But
still, the trade was happening briskly.

Arunachala Siva.