Question : There is a sloka in ‘Bhagavad Gita’
aneka janma samsiddhih
thatho yathi parangathim
Bhagavad Gita (6 : 45)
प्रयत्नाद्यतमानस्तु योगी संशुद्धकिल्बिषः |
अनेकजन्मसंसिद्धस्ततो याति परां गतिम् ||
which means only after several births does one attain liberation.”
Whereas, another sloka says
Thesham samudhartha mruthyu samsarasagarath
Bhavaami nachiraath, Partha, maiyaveshita chethasaam
Bhagavad Gita (12 : 6, 7)
ये तु सर्वाणि कर्माणि मयि संन्यस्य मत्परः |
अनन्येनैव योगेन मां ध्यायन्त उपासते ||
तेषामहं समुद्धर्ता मृत्युसंसारसागरात् |
भवामि नचिरात्पार्थ मय्यावेशितचेतसाम् ||
Which means “one gets liberated from the cycle of birth and death in this very janma”.
Are not these two slokas contradictory?
Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji :
No, they are not.
This has to be viewed in proper perspective. When one believes that liberation comes about only through ‘sadhana’ he has to go through several births before reaching his goal, whereas, when one believes in the grace of the Lord alone and totally surrenders to Him, he is liberated in the very same birth.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Having compassion of the Lord as the foundation, the one which has no rules, the one which can eradicate the force of Kali, Namakirtanam is the only resort. I think again and again about this with in Myself