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Likewise, it is enough, if we know that someone called God exists and the only way to reach him is Chanting His Name.

Nama Article 31st October 2013

 

Sri Sri Krishna Premi Swamigal

 

ஒரு ஊரையும், அவ்வூருக்கு செல்லும் வழியையும் தெரிந்து கொண்டால் போதுமானது. மற்றபடி ஊரைப்பற்றிய விஷயங்களை நேரே பார்த்து நிச்சயித்து கொள்ளலாம். அதுபோல பகவான் ஒருவன் இருப்பதாகவும், அவனையடைய அவனுடைய நாமமே கதி என்றும் தெரிந்துகொண்டால் போதுமானது. மற்ற விஷயங்களை  நேரே பார்த்துத் தெரிந்து கொள்ளலாம்.

 

 

It is enough that you know the destination and the right path to reach it. The other details about the place can be verified in person. Likewise, it is enough, if we know that someone called God exists and the only way to reach him is Chanting His Name. The rest can be known and experienced in person.

 

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

 

The absolute pure consciousness is God. He is within you and He is all-pervading; omnipresent. There are no two things in this world. He alone exists and no body else.

 

"My Father alone exists, nothing else; nobody else"

 

Thus gradually developing the conviction that God alone exists and the ego does not count

 

One has to believe that the Lord exists. But it should not stop there. One should have total faith in Him and invoke His divine grace by chanting the Maha Mantra.

 

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

 

Yogi then said to him, "Advaita and Visishtadwaita are for my Masters like Ramana Maharishi and Papa Ramadas. For you and for this beggar Rama Năm is enough. Get out!"

 

We believe in Nama

 

I want to know about your Bhakti Advaita Siddhanta

 

For this communion you need no philosophy, no rigorous discipline, no learning, no worldly wealth and position

 

Opinion of Krishna on essence of Gita

 

In Srimad Bhagavatham it is fully stressed that only Namakirtan is enough.

 

This beggar has no other message to give. Let them remember the name of Rama, Krishna and Shiva

 

PHILOSOPHY OF THE DIVINE NAME ACCORDING TO SAINT NAMDEV

 

 

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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As per Lord Krishna, the mind can be completely subdued only by repeated practice of remembering God’s name

Nama Article 29th October 2013

 

Source: SADHANAS IN BHAGAVAD GITA by Swami Shantananda Puri Maharaj

 

CHAPTER VI : MEDITATE AND REALISE

 

According to certain commentators, the entire Gita is an exposition of the great aphorism (TAT TWAM ASI) "You are that'. This chapter is the transition from the yoga of purification of the aspirant (TWAM) to the Yoga of illumination or revelation of that (TAT).

 

The question arises as to how to control the mind (which is the main base for Sadhana). As per Lord Krishna, the mind can be completely subdued only by repeated practice of remembering God's name (bringing the mind again and again to the Lord as many times as it goes astray) and through detachment i.e., abandoning all desires for enjoyment of worldly objects

 

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

 

Rama Rahasya Upanishad says, "The first letter 'ra' stands for the term 'tat' (That), and 'ma' stands for the term 'tvam' (You). Together "Rama" means the mahavakya "tatvamasi"

 

The aim of spiritual education is liberation or Jivan Mukti.

 

By chanting the Name of Bhagavãn one attains Atma Jnana, Jivan Mukti state

 

Those who are Jivan Muktas today began only in this manner. (Every journey starts with a single step.)

 

The one whose lips are incessantly chanting the Lord's Name is verily the Jivan Mukta (liberated soul).

 

How true are the words of a Mahan that the one on whose tongue God's Divine Name resides is verily the one who has been freed from bondage –a Jivan Mukta!

 

A self realized Jivan Mukta appears once in a generation.  If you are lucky, you will get the company of such a person.

 

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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Together “Rama” means the mahavakya “tatvamasi”

Nama Article 28th October 2013

 

Source: Madhuramurali Jan 2010

 

"ராம" என்று ஜபம் செய்து வந்தாலே ஜீவன் முக்தி சித்திக்குமா ?

 

Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

ராமரஹஸ்யோபநிஷத்தில் "ரா" என்பது "தத்" என்ற வாக்யத்தையும் "ம" என்பது "த்வம்" என்ற வாக்யத்தையும் "ராம" என்று சேர்ந்தால் "தத்வமஸி" என்ற மஹாவாக்யத்தையும் குறிக்கும் என்று கூறப்பட்டுள்ளது

 

आद्यो रा तत्पदार्थः स्यान्मकारस्त्वंपदार्थवान्

तयोः संयोजनमसीत्यर्थे तत्त्वविदो विदुः

 

Rama Rahasya Upanishad says, “The first letter ‘ra’ stands for the term ‘tat’ (That), and ‘ma’ stands for the term ‘tvam’ (You). Together “Rama” means the mahavakya “tatvamasi”

 

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

 

The aim of spiritual education is liberation or Jivan Mukti.

 

By chanting the Name of Bhagavãn one attains Atma Jnana, Jivan Mukti state

 

Those who are Jivan Muktas today began only in this manner. (Every journey starts with a single step.)

 

The one whose lips are incessantly chanting the Lord's Name is verily the Jivan Mukta (liberated soul).

 

How true are the words of a Mahan that the one on whose tongue God's Divine Name resides is verily the one who has been freed from bondage –a Jivan Mukta!

 

A self realized Jivan Mukta appears once in a generation.  If you are lucky, you will get the company of such a person.

 

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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One who takes refuge in ME and remains egoless is verily ‘nirgunam’; the ‘shraddha’ in worshipping ME is verily ‘nirgunam’.’ The food that is offered to Bhagavăn is verily ‘nirgunam’

Nama Article 27th October 2013

 

हरिर् हि निर्गुणः साक्षात् पुरुषः प्रकृतेः परः (Srimad Bhagavatam 10:88:5)

स सर्व-दृग् उपद्रष्टा तं भजन् निर्गुणो भवेत् (Srimad Bhagavatam 10:88:5)

मां भजन्ति गुणाः सर्वे निर्गुणं निरपेक्षकम् (Srimad Bhagavatam 11:13:40)

निर्गुणे ब्रह्मणि मयि धारयन् विशदं मनः(Srimad Bhagavatam 11:15:17)

यान्ति माम् एव निर्गुणाः (Srimad Bhagavatam 11:25:22)

मन्-निष्ठं निर्गुणं स्मृतम् (Srimad Bhagavatam 11:25:24)

मन्-निकेतं तु निर्गुणम् (Srimad Bhagavatam 11:25:25)

निर्गुणो मद्-अपाश्रयः(Srimad Bhagavatam 11:25:26)

मत्-सेवायां तु निर्गुणा (Srimad Bhagavatam 11:25:27)

चशब्दान्मन्नीवेदितं निर्गुणमित्यभिप्रेतम् (Sridhara Swami’s Bhavaratha Deepika 11:25:28)

निर्गुणं मद्-अपाश्रयम् (Srimad Bhagavatam 11:25:29)

गुण-सङ्गं विनिर्धूय मां भजन्तु विचक्षणाः (Srimad Bhagavatam 11:25:33)

निःसङ्गो मां भजेद् विद्वान् अप्रमत्तो जितेन्द्रियः (Srimad Bhagavatam 11:25:34)

 

Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

In ‘ekădasa skandam’ (11th canto) 25th chapter of Bhăgavatam, Bhagavăn says ‘thinking of ME constantly is verily ‘nirguna jnăna’; to live in ME is verily ‘nirguna văsam’; one who takes refuge in ME and remains egoless is verily ‘nirgunam’; the ‘shraddha’ in worshipping ME is verily ‘nirgunam’.’

 

The food that is offered to Bhagavăn is verily ‘nirgunam’.

 

Everything in nature is grouped under three qualities – ‘Sattva (quality of goodness/purity), Rajas (emotions such as anger, passion) and Tamas (lethargy). ‘Nirgunam’ means that which is free of all these three qualities

 

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

 

Those who are Jivan Muktas today began only in this manner. (Every journey starts with a single step.)

 

The one whose lips are incessantly chanting the Lord's Name is verily the Jivan Mukta (liberated soul).

 

Thus the identity of the Personal God with Nirguna Brahman is established at the very outset

 

Namakirtan removed such agonizing stomach pain of a Vedanta Sanyăsin……

 

If you discriminate in this way, you will understand that the continual remembrance of Hari is the supreme goal to be attained. त्रिगुण असार निर्गुण हे सार । सारासार विचार हरिपाठ ॥

 

Rama, Govinda, Hari, Murari, Mukunda-whatever name he invokes, it is always the Nirguna or the attributeless Lord that is meant

 

Tulsidas says, "As by a bridge we can go to both the banks of a river, even so by God's Name we can attain both the Saguna aspect of God and the Nirguna."

 

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

 

Kabir Says, Do not lose the Supreme Name, the Name of the Lord. कबीर निर्गुन नाम न रोसु ॥

 

More than the comfort of uninterrupted experience of Supreme Self of attribute-less nature, chanting the name of SrI rAma is a better comfort.

 

By meditating on the form of God, and chanting His Name, we can gradually go beyond all names and forms and ultimately reach the Nirguna aspect.

 

सत्सङ्गत्वे निस्स्ङ्गत्वं, निस्सङ्गत्वे निर्मोहत्वम् । निर्मोहत्वे निश्चलतत्त्वं, निश्चलतत्त्वे जीवन्मुक्तिः ॥

 

By chanting the Name of Bhagavăn one attains Atma Jnana, Jivan Mukti state

 

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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One should call out the Lord’s name without ‘lajja’ (shyness/embarrassment). One who calls out Govinda goes to Sri Vaikunta

Nama Article 26th October 2013

 
Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
 

In two Kshetras one can hear the incessant (loud) chanting of the Lord’s Name. One is Tirupathi and the other Guruvayur. In Tirupathi one can hear the loud calling out of ‘Elu kondala vãda Govinda! Govinda!’ It is relay chanting. Someone shouts out with the rest joining him. When this person stops you find someone else picking it up. The ‘sãnidhya’ here is only because of the incessant chanting of Govinda! Govinda! by the crowd of devotees visiting the Kshetra. In Guruvayur one can ever hear the devotees calling out loudly, “Hey! Guruvayurappa! Nãrãyana!” One should call out the Lord’s name without ‘lajja’ (shyness/embarrassment). One who calls out Govinda goes to Sri Vaikunta

 

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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Prahlada listed the nine means of developing devotion. Among them chanting alone is enough to satisfy Shri Krishna.

Nama Article 25th October 2013

 

Sri Sri Krishna Premi Swamigal

 

Jayadeva Charitam. Vol II Book V Chp 3 Shlokas 2 – 4

 

श्रीसद्गुरुरुवाच

 

न योगेन न सांख्येन न तपोर्भिन च व्रतैः

भक्त्यैव केवलं कृष्णः प्रीयते भक्तवत्सलः 

 

प्रह्लादेन च सा भक्तिः प्रथिता नवलक्षणा

तत्र कीर्तनमेवालं कृष्णसन्तोषहेतवे

भक्ताः सङ्गम्य चान्योन्यं यत्र गायन्ति तन्मयाः

तत्र नृत्यति गोविन्दो नामगानवशीकृतः

 

Shri Sadguru replied

 

Shri Krishna, the fond lover of the devotees, does not get pleased with yoga, yajna, penance, wisdom and austerities. He is pleased with devotion alone.

 

Prahlada listed the nine means of developing devotion. Among them chanting alone is enough to satisfy Shri Krishna. Enchanted with Nama kirtan, Shri Govinda dances merrily in that place where His devotees sing in praise of Him with great transcendental devotion.

 

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

 

Why not take to Mahamantra alone and do it in an intense manner with complete faith, instead of confusing yourself with a multitude of practices?

 

Let the one who cannot do Bhakti go out to do tapas!

 

What is there in this world that devotion to the Lord cannot do?

 

And what is the result of devotion to the Lord ? The immediate relaisation of His Abode and one’s own nature

 

Guru is God in human form

 

Man feels that only the most difficult is the highest, the most difficult way is the best way. This is a very wrong notion

 

That love, can sprout only by his grace. His grace descends when we chant the Mahamantra.

 

When can one earn Guru krupa? When God decides to bless a person, he receives Guru's grace. One has to be blessed with Bhakti; and that is blessed only by God/Guru.

 

Reciting the Divine Names of Lord Hari, one can overcome the most formidable delusion of mind.

 

There are many ways. But the simplest and the easiest way is by chanting the "Hare Rama.." Mahamantra.

 

They are for those who don't believe in simple prayers.

 

Bhagawan Nama Bodendra Saraswati Swamigal puts forth his findings in the following words, "Since it is so easy and simple, none takes to it!

 

Would it not amount to grave injustice if one shows a difficult path to the world?

 

The devotion, which he asks the people to offer, must result in the effacement of the self. When devotion is attained pride departs

 

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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All Sadhanas are possible only when we are endowed with a human body……..Not to make use of the body in this manner is equivalent to committing suicide.

Nama Article 24th October 2013

 

Source: Srimad Bhagavatham : Its Message for the Modern Man by Swami Shantananda Puri Maharaj

 

Srimad Bhagavatham (11:20:17)

 

नृ-देहम् आद्यं सु-लभं सु-दुर्लभं

प्लवं सु-कल्पं गुरु-कर्ण-धारम्

मयानुकूलेन नभस्वतेरितं

पुमान् भवाब्धिं न तरेत् स आत्म-हा

 

"All Sadhanas are possible only when we are endowed with a human body. This body of ours is the most efficient boat. Make the Guru the oarsman who will guide the boat and take it across the ocean. The Lord's Grace is the favourable wind in which the boat can sail swiftly and you can easily cross the ocean of Samsara (phenomenal world). Not to make use of the body in this manner is equivalent to committing suicide.''

 

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

 

Bhagavãn has given you all the faculties. The Lord has blessed you with eyes, ears, mouth, hands, legs, etc. Should you not utter the Divine Name? Would you get the human birth again?

 

"Even the dog eats food. But can it chant 'Bhagavan Nãma' – the Name of the Lord? ('Nãyum kooda soru thinnum Nãmam pãdumo?')

 

Human birth is meant only for the purpose of attainment of Bhagavan

 

மனிதப்பிறவியும் முக்தியில் ஆசையும், மகான்களின் ஸஙகமும் உந்தீபற! அரிதினும் அரிதாமென்று உந்தீபற!

 

Three things which are rare indeed and are obtained only due to the grace of God

 

To have the opportunity to serve a Mahatma in some way is indeed the rarest of the rarest.

 

When Bhagavan decides a janma to be the very last one, the man attains a Sadguru. Don’t loose the “present” moment, the gift of lord.

 

कौमार आचरेत् प्राज्ञो धर्मान् भागवतान् इह । दुर्लभं मानुषं जन्म तद् अप्य् अध्रुवम् अर्थदम् ॥

 

Take the Name constantly. That is the best Seva.

 

But if I can make a person chant the name of Hari, I consider this a bigger achievement…………

 

To collect people living around one's home and help them chant the Lord's Name is verily service to the Guru. Or to follow the special instruction given to him/her by the Guru is verily 'service' to the Guru.

 

Serve the elders, poor and needy and people in misery. That is verily Guru Seva.

 

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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