J P Vaswani
Spiritual Head, Vaswani Mission, Pune
Devotees of Sai Baba asked him as to when is his birthday. Sai Baba replied that they could celebrate his birthday on the Rama Navami day. So, Rama Navami is always celebrated as Sai Rama Navami.
The significance of Rama is not in the situations he faced in his life. The significance is with how much gracefulness he conducted himself through this series of events that occurred to him.
People seeking liberation and a graceful life sought Rama because they understood and had the wisdom to see that even with lots of management, external situations can go wrong at any moment. You may have everything organized, but if a cyclone hits you, it can take away everything. “Oh, it will not happen to me,” is a foolish way to live. “Even if it happens, I will go through it gracefully,” is a wise way to live. People sought Rama because they saw this phenomenal wisdom. Though life became a continuous series of disasters, never once did he waver from his truthfulness, from the fundamentals of life that he set up for himself. He just hung on to what he had to do and conducted his life with utmost balance.
So, people worship Rama not because of the success in his life, but for the gracefulness with which he conducted the most difficult moments. That is what is valued; that is the highest value in one’s life. It is not the question of how much you have, what you did, what happened or what did not happen. Whatever happened, how did you conduct yourself? That is what determines the quality of who you are. You may make a billion dollars because the market is doing well. That does not mean anything. It is a social situation.
Sai Baba gave darshan to several devotees as Ramachandra confirming that Rama and Sai Baba are one and the same.