Nama Article 10th May 2012
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'Deivam' (god) appears only to one who is a 'dharmătma' (the Righteous), has 'druda viswăsa' (unstinting faith) and is 'satyasanta' (Truthful) and not to one who does not possess these qualities.
But it is also proclaimed that if we Chant the Divine name we can attain the Lord. We see that many who Chant the Name of the Lord do not possess even the basic qualities like humanity. Then how will they attain the Lord.
Both the above statements looks contradictory.
We would be clear if we understand what Lord Krishna says in Gita.
क्षिप्रं भवति धर्मात्मा शश्वच्छान्तिं निगच्छति |
कौन्तेय प्रतिजानीहि न मे भक्तः प्रणश्यति ||
(Srimad Bhagavadgita 9:31)
But, if you do Nãmasankirtan, it not only becomes atonement for all the sins committed but is also ‘shipram bhavati dharmãtma’ == It also completely erases the feeling (‘buddhi’) to commit a sin again. Very soon it makes you a Dharmãtma (righteous person). That is the ‘prabhãva’ (glory) of Nãmakirtan. Do it (Nãmakirtan) rightly or wrongly, it does bestow its ‘phala’ (fruit), certainly. When Vãlmiki was a hunter he did not even know to utter Rama and did japa of it as ‘mara’, ‘mara’! Yet, he became such a great Maharshi and composed the ‘Ãdi kãvya’ (Ramayana).
Lord assures that His devotee is never destroyed. Here the word devotee does not refer to Prahlada, Dhruva, Ambarisha etc as no one can have any doubt that these great Bhaktas would never be destroyed. Lord here assures that one who is an ordinary bhaktha and even one who does Bhakthi with out total faith will also not be destroyed. Hence all who Chant the Divine Name would attain the Lord with out any doubt. The Divine Name of the Lord ('Bhagavan Nãma') has the power to redeem one and all. Was not Ajamila, the worst sinner, redeemed for the mere uttering of the Divine Name?
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji