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Bhakti Yoga is supreme over Karma Yoga and Gnana Yoga.

Nama Article 31st August 2013

 

Vaishnava Samhita: Nimbarka Charitam. Vol II Book V Chp 1 Shlokas 8 – 10

 

 

ज्ञानयोगात् कर्मयोगाद्भक्तियोगः परः स्मृतः

कृष्णभक्तिं विना लोके किं ज्ञानेन च कर्मणा

धर्मज्ञः कुंभकर्णश्च तत्ववेत्ता च माल्यवान्

तावुभौ न सुखं प्राप्तौ श्रीपतेर्भजनं विना

किन्तु वल्लवसुन्दर्यः प्रेमलीलारसोन्मदाः

उल्लङ्घितकुलाचाराः प्रेष्ठं प्रापुर्यदूत्तमम् 

 

 

Bhakti Yoga is supreme over Karma Yoga and Gnana Yoga. What is the use of karma or gnana devoid of devotion to Lord Krishna? Kumbhakarna who knew righteous path and Malyavan who had deep knowledge of the secret precepts did not cultivate devotion to Shri Rama, the Lord of Sita. Thus they failed to achieve happiness. On the contrary, the Gopis violated dharma(of mundane conduct). Yet, they were intoxicated with the nectar of prema bhakti and hence they attained the coveted darshan of Shri Krishna.

 

 

Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

Which path do you follow?……………….What is the greatness of Bhakthi?

 

What is the greatness of Bhakthi?

 

The path of Bhakti is, undoubtedly, the easiest of all mărgas to attain Bhagavăn; not only for this Yuga (Age) but also for all Yugăs

 

When will I get Bhakthi?

 

Bhakti Yoga indeed is the law of this age

 

The path of loving devotion to Shri Krishna, or the Bhakti-Yoga is on a plane higher than Dhyana Yoga or meditation.

 

Bhakti Yoga is an easy path – Sri Ramakrishna

 

To be ever singing His name and glories is to be in tune with Him. Let the Name ring, and ring on, to awaken in the hearts of you all, the inexpressible bliss of Prem

 

Constant Satsang with devotees, repetition of the Lord’s name, constant remembrance of Him, prayer, study of religious books can infuse Bhakti in your heart

 

Complete surrender is another name for jnana or liberation

 

Continuously remembering one’s true nature is what is called Bhakthi

 

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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It is dear to Krishna and is the life of His devotees!

Nama Article 30th August 2013

 

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20th Annual Brahmotsav of Sri Madhuri Sakhi sameta Sri Premika Varadan


Venue: Mathurapuri Ashram

Date: 28th August – 6th September 2013

 

Source: Jayathu Keerthanam

ஜயது கீர்த்தனம் ஜயது கீர்த்தனம்

ஜயது கீர்த்தனம் ஜயது கீர்த்தனம்

 

பாப விமோசனம் கீர்த்தனம்

பாவ வர்த்தனம் கீர்த்தனம் (ஜயது கீர்த்தனம்)

 

பக்தி தாயகம் கீர்த்தனம்  

முக்தி தாயகம் கீர்த்தனம் (ஜயது கீர்த்தனம்)

 

புண்ய பலதம் கீர்த்தனம்    அன்ய

ஸாதன நிரபேக்ஷம் கீர்த்தனம் (ஜயது கீர்த்தனம்)

 

ஷட்ரிபு நாஷகம் கீர்த்தனம் 

ஷட்சக்ரபேதனம்  கீர்த்தனம்  (ஜயது கீர்த்தனம்)

 

துக்க நிவாரகம் கீர்த்தனம்  

ஸுக தாயகம் கீர்த்தனம் (ஜயது கீர்த்தனம்)

 

கிருஷ்ண ப்ரியம் கீர்த்தனம்

கிருஷ்ண தாஸ ஜீவனம் (ஜயது கீர்த்தனம்)

 

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Jayathu Keerthanam Jayathu Keerthanam

Jayathu Keerthanam Jayathu Keerthanam

 

Papa vimochanam Keerthanam 

BhAva vardhanam Keerthanam

 

Bakthi dhAyakam Keerthanam

Mukthi dhAyakam Keerthanam

 

Punya paladham Keerthanam  – Anya

SAdhana nirapeksham Keerthanam

 

Shadripu nAshakam Keerthanam

Shadchakra Bhedhanam Keerthanam

 

Dukka nivArakam Keerthanam

Sukha dhAyakam Keerthanam

 

Krishna priyam Keerthanam 

Krishna dAsa jeevanam Keerthanam 

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Let victory be unto Keerthana!  

Let victory be unto Keerthana – singing the Lord!

 

It destroys sins and enhances devotional mood!

It bestows devotion as well as liberation!

It gives the fruits of merits and expects no other spiritual disciplines!

It extinguishes the six enemies and splits open the six chakras!
It averts sorrows and confers happiness!

It is dear to Krishna and is the life of His devotees!

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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Chant the Name of Krishna continuously! Oh! Friend!

Nama Article 28th August 2013

 

Happy Krishna Janmashtami

 

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20th Annual Brahmotsav of Sri Madhuri Sakhi sameta Sri Premika Varadan


Venue: Mathurapuri Ashram

Date: 28th August – 6th September 2013

 

Source: Krishna Mandhiram Gachcha Nirantharam

 

கிருஷ்ண மந்திரம் கச்ச நிரந்தரம்

கிருஷ்ண மந்த்ரம் ஜபத நிரந்தரம் ரே ரே (கிருஷ்ண)

கிருஷ்ண கீர்த்தனம் நர்த்தனம் ஏவ

கிருஷ்ண-பக்தி-வர்தன-ஸாதனம் ஸததம் (கிருஷ்ண)

கிருஷ்ண-தாஸ்யம் புவனே யசஸ்யம்

கிருஷ்ண-கதா சதா லோகே வதத

கிருஷ்ண-ஸ்மரணேன லோக விஸ்மரணம் பவது

கிருஷ்ண ஸ்வாமீ ஏவ மமைக-ஸ்வாமீ (கிருஷ்ண)

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Krishna mandhiram gachcha nirantharam

Krishna manthram japatha nirantharam

Krishna keerthanam narthanameva

Krishna-bhakthi-vardhana-sAdhanam sathatham (Krishna)

Krishna dAsyam bhuvane yashasyam

Krishna kathA sadhA loke vadhatha

Krishna-smaranena loka-vismaranam bhavathu

Krishna-swAmy eva mamaika swAmy (Krishna)

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Proceed to the abode of Krishna constantly!

Chant the Name of Krishna continuously! Oh! Friend!

Singing and dancing the glories of Krishna

Are the only means to enhance devotion to Krishna!

Service to Krishna yields lasting fame in this world!

Narrate His stories always to one and all in this world!

By thinking of Krishna let us forget this world!

Krishna-Swamy is alone my one and only Lord!

 

Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

For a Krishna devotee, life is blissful!

 

Janmashtami Message from Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

What is pleasing to Krishna? How can I make him happy?

 

No wonder, Lord Krishna attracts one and all

 

Festivals like Gokulashtami are also meant to overcome idleness, bring in cheerfulness and promote social interaction

 

The purpose of Incarnation of Sri Krishna is to give to the world – His Name, His attractive Form and His various leelas

 

Born in a 'Karagraha' (prison), Sri Krishna entered the 'Garbagraha' (the sanctum) just for the sake of 'Anugraha' (gracing us)

 

The Nama is verily the propeller of the ship. The captain of this ship is none other than Sri Krishna Himself!

 

Sri Krishna says; I protect those who have surrendered unto me and look up to me for their protection

 

For all questions he had only one reply, "One should perform Krishna Namakirtan"

 

When you chant do not bother whether your mind wavers or not. Nama will take care of that…..proceed doubtlessly with faith in the words of the Guru

 

Swamiji, You talk only of Bhakti towards Krishna. Why?

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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Rama Nama is accorded the same power and potency in Bhakti Shastras as is accorded the Pranava Mantra in Vedanta Shastras.

Nama Article 23rd August 2013

 

Source: Rama Nama

 

When ‘RA- MA’ and ‘A’-‘U’-‘M’ pronounced, they sound similar.

Rama Nama is considered equivalent to the Pranava Mantra.

Rama Nama is accorded the same power and potency in Bhakti Shastras as is accorded the Pranava Mantra in Vedanta Shastras.

 

Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

Rama Nama gets exactly the same importance in Saguna Upasana as does the Pranava ('Om') Mantra in Nirguna Upasana

 

Why is the Divine Name of 'Rama' known as 'Tãraka Mantra'?

 

So all these forms of worship are rendered futile unless accompanied by the 'sound' aspect in the form of Mantras.

 

It is a Mantra, just like the 'Pranava' Mantra (Om). The great Sage Vashishta chanted this mantra for a very long time.

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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Yayati immediately summoned all his ministers and wanted them to inform all humans on Earth to drink the nectar of Hari Nama Kirtan and make this Earth verily Vaikunta.

Nama Article 22nd August 2013

 

Source: The nectar Yayati advocated

 

Here is an instance from Padma Purana (one of the eighteen Maha Puranas) to illustrate the glory of Hari Nama Kirtan –

 

Once Sri Narada Maharishi (celestial sage) met Lord Indra (the head of all the  Devas) in heaven. Lord Indra welcomed the celestial sage by performing elaborate rituals and expensive offerings. He then enquired as to where Narada came from. [Narada is known for wandering across the different worlds singing the glory of Lord Hari]

 

Sri Narada Maharishi said that he had been to Earth, to meet Yayati (the son of Nahusha). Indra asked, “What is so special about Yayati?”. Sri Narada Maharishi said, “He is a very powerful king, an embodiment of high and rare qualities, and treads the path of Dharma (righteousness). He has also done a hundred Aswamedha and Vajapayee Yagas (offerings to the Devas through the Fire God).

 

Hearing this, Indra felt insecure. He feared that Yayati, like his father Nahusha, may soon compete for the post of Indra. He hatched a plan to attract Yayati in some manner to heaven and thereby prevent him from performing further Yagas which would qualify him for the post of Indra. Accordingly, he ordered Mathali, his charioteer , to accomplish this mission.

 

Mathali met Yayati on Earth. He started advising Yayati that earth is full of misery. “On the contrary, heaven is an abode of great enjoyment. There is no old age, no disease, no death, but all these are here on Earth. Further, we,in heaven, are the sole custodians of the rare nectar, which you dont find on Earth. ( everybody in heaven are given a drop of nectar, which keeps the devas always young, free from death and disease). Heaven is the appropriate place for very special persons like you”, he said.

 

Yayati  thanked Mathali for his advice but expressed his wish to make Earth a better place than heaven by discovering another nectar. Yayati immediately summoned all his ministers and wanted them to inform all humans on Earth to drink the nectar of Hari Nama Kirtan and make this Earth verily Vaikunta.

 

Lord Indra was stunned at the turn of events, and couldn’t control his anxiety because he knew that, to reach God, Nama Kirtan is the easiest and quickest path.  But to do so one has to be born on Earth to enjoy the nectarine ocean of the Hari Nama Kirtan. His heart saluted the fortunate people on Earth. 

 

Essence of the anecdote:

Hari nama kirtan is the nectar behind which even the devas try to drink. The Almighty permanently resides in the place where Hari Nama Kirtan is performed. Hari Nama Kirtan alone is enough to attract the God himself (in most other cases we can only attract His grace). This nectar is available only in Satsang (The abode of the God incarnates or saints on Earth).

 

Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

King Yayaati wanted to make the whole kingdom as a heaven by making all people Chant the Divine Name of the Lord.

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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A continuous meditation and contemplation with constant remembrance and chanting of God’s name will lead to God realization

Nama Article 20th August 2013

 

Swami Shantananda Puri Maharaj

 

A continuous meditation and contemplation with constant remembrance and chanting of God’s name will lead to God realization which will ultimately lead one to the same goal of Self –realization as all advaitic sadhanas.

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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Just the brightness of the sun is explicit once the dark clouds vanish, Jnana shines the moment the Mahamantra burns away the veil of ignorance

Nama Article 18th August 2013

 

Source: Mahamantra

 

‘As Dwapara yuga came to a close, Sage Narada approached Lord Sri Brahma and asked

” Lord! What is the remedy for all in the Kali yuga that is approaching?”

 

Lord Brahma replied “I disclose to you the secret remedy that is mentioned in the scriptures to cross the ocean called worldliness in Kaliyuga. If you chant Divine Names of Sri Narayana, you can escape the clutches of Kali. Listen! This is the remedy …..

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare!

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare!!”

 

This Mahamantra contains 16 names of the Lord that will destroy the hardships of Kaliyuga. The Jiva who is a constitution of 16 kalas, is surrounded by a veil of ignorance. Just the brightness of the sun is explicit once the dark clouds vanish, Jnana shines the moment the Mahamantra burns away the veil of ignorance.

 

Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

Kali Santarana Upanishad comes to our rescue, stating which specific Nama has to be chanted for liberation, in this Age (Kali Yuga).

 

Any Divine Name is precious. According to Kali Santarana Upanishad, the ‘Hare Rama..’ Mahamantra is capable of giving deliverance in this Kali Yuga.

 

This particular Maha Mantra is prescribed in the Shastras and has been chanted, followed, preached and lived for by great Mahans like Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

 

It is the essence of all Vedas and scriptures and grants lasting peace by giving deliverance from all sufferings.

 

Utter the Divine names of Lord Hari. In the age of Kali there is no other way of deliverance.

 

What We Think We Become

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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