Nama Article 29th January 2015
STORIES AS TOLD BY SWAMI RAMDAS
A famous saint of Maharashtra once paid a visit to place called Mangalwedha, about eight miles from Pandharpur. At that time a huge fort was under construction at Mangalwedha. While the saint was passing by the side of a high wall of the fort, where hundreds of labourers were working, the wall collapsed and many including the saint were killed, crushed by the fall of the wall. The devotees of the saint missed him and started a search. After a long and arduous search, they could not find him. Some people of Mangalwedha reported that in all probability the saint must have been crushed to death beneath the fallen wall of the fort.
Accordingly, a large number of devotees joined together in the work of removing the fallen wall. When they did so, they found a number of skeletons of people who had died in the accident. The devotees of the saint wished to single out his bones so that they could raise a tomb over them. The difficulty, however, was that the bones of the people killed were mixed up and they did not know which were the bones of the saint.
Now a great devotee of Pandharpur Vithoba – the Deity of the great temple there - happened to pass that way. He understood the perplexity of the devotees and said, "I shall be able to pick out the bones of the saint." So saying, he took out the bones that were lying helter-skelter and holding them one by one to his ear, he was able to separate the saint's bones from those of others. Such of the bones as were ringing with the name of the Pandharpur deity - Vithal - he separated from others. The sound of the name of God had entered into the very marrow of the saint's bones by his unceasing practice of chanting the Name. Such is the power of the Name.