Nama Article 15th November 2013
Source: The Vision – Nov 2013
Excerpts from “GLORY OF THE NAME” by Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Once we are born, death is a certainty, but the time of our death does not follow any seniority. However, the truth is, we exist now. If a Jeeva fails to make use of its present life to attain liberation, it has to continue to revolve in the cycle of birth and death. The cause of birth is the Vasanas or mental impressions which are a mixture of Satva, Rajas and Tamas and these remain even after the death of the body. Liberation necessitates exhausting of the Vasanas. Just as the wind carries the fragrance or stench of the things with which it comes in contact; so also the dormant Vasanas get activated and stimulate the respective sense responses when we breathe.
There are many ways like Dhyana, Yoga, Brahma-Vichara to control the mind and destroy the Vasanas. Of all the methods, taking the Name is the simplest. Chanting God’s Name is the only practice recommended in scriptures for Kali Yuga. Srimad Bhagavatam assures that the fruit of Tapas, Yoga and Dhyana can be attained by repeating the Name of God. Mahatmas avow that Nama chanting by itself can lead one directly to liberation.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji