Nama Article 18th January 2012
Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
There once lived a devotee by name Poondãnam. He used to read the Bhãgavatam daily. The Bhãgavatam contains details of the Vaikunta. One day while reading this he deeply earned to see Vaikunta. 'Oh, Vaikunta is said to very beautiful. Wouldn't the Lord show me this beautiful Vaikunta?' As soon as the Bhakta yearned to see the Vaikunta, Bhagavan decided to fulfill his desire. Poondanam went into a trance and saw Vaikunta. There, in Vaikunta two beautiful looking persons prostrated to him. He wondered, 'I am new to Vaikunta but here some are prostrating to me?'
He asked them, "Who are you?"
The two replied, "Swami! It is through you that we have attained Vaikunta!"
Poondanam, "What? Have I helped you attain Vaikunta? I have come here only now. Please explain."
They explained, "You read the Bhagavatam daily. We are the two plantain trees in front of your home. (The sound of the Bhagavatam fell on us. And, we have attained this state!)"
Poondanam came out of the Samãdhi state and found the two plantain trees fallen down!
Bhãgavatam has the capability to bestow the high state to the sentient and insentient things! The Lord's Divine Name can purify everything. Due to Lord’s grace one attains to a Sadguru and he begins to utter Bhagavan Nãma (Divine Name of the Lord) with 'prema' (love)!