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The incidents and stories in the Saisachcharit relating to Lord Shiva Ganga.
Hari om all!! I agree that the theme brings Megha’s story to the mind. So why not start our discussion with this story? Yes Megha was an ardent Shiva bhakta and for him, Sai was no different from Shiva. The verse 169 of chapter 28 begins with beautiful words that I find very touching as they express the merger, the oneness of the two forms in Megha’s mind. The reference to Shiva in this story is not just the form of the parmatma that Megha connected with, it is the form assumed by Megha’s love, it is the ‘bhaav’ of Megha’s mind that he offers to Shiva-Sai. The words I am referring to are “Gangodake Sais snaan”…. “Bathing Sai with the waters of the Ganga (Gomati/Godavari)”!!!!!. For Megha, Sai is Shiva and the Ganga as we know has its source, its origin in the tresses of Shiva. This sacred river springs down from the top of Shiva’s head and travels to the earth and her water, her goodness, her sanctity and purity becomes available to one and all and then the ganga is called the bhagirathi (the river travelled to the earth thanks to the efforts and austerities of Bhagirath). Bapu uses the word ‘bhakti-bhagirathi’ in the Matruvatsalyavindanam. That is what I feel Megha’s act of bathing his ‘Shiva-Sai’ in the waters of the Ganga indicates. Where does love originate essentially? We have love in our hearts because we are part of ‘His’ creation, because He is love, because ‘He’ Sadguru Bapu dwells inside of us. We owe the love in us to Him, to the Sadguru Parmatma. The ganga signifies the connection that He has with us, His love that comes to us from Him. Our bhakti, is also essentially love and I believe that we owe our bhakti too, to our Sadguru’s love for us. Now Megha is bathing Sai in the waters of the Ganga!!!!!!!!! He is ‘drenching’ completely the Sadguru Parmatma, or Shiva-Sai in his bhakti-bhagirathi!!!! The bhagirathi is nothing but the ganga is it not? I feel the remaining part of the story (where Sai’s body is drenched but not His head) is consistent with this thought?
The theme that Sameerdada gives us also includes ‘the significance of the references to Lord Shiva in the Shreesaisachcharit’. On the background of the aspects discussed above could my friends help me develop my thoughts?