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

Nama Article 22nd October 2013

 

Prasna Uttara Malika (A garland of questions and answers) – Adisankara

 

कोऽर्च्यो हि भगवदवतारः .

 

Indeed who is to be worshipped ? Incarnation of God

 

कश्च भगवान्महेशः शञ्करनारायणात्मैकः

 

Who is the Lord ? The Supreme Lord who is both Shankara and Narayana.

 

फलमपि भगवद्भक्तेः किं तल्लोकस्वरुपसाक्षात्त्वं .

 

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

 

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

 

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?

 

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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And who is the protector ? It is the preceptor (Guru) Indeed, Who is said to be the World-preceptor ? Siva, How can one get release ? By devotion to Mukunda

Nama Article 21st October 2013

 

Prasna Uttara Malika (A garland of questions and answers) – Adisankara

 

कः शुरो यो भीतत्राता त्राता च कः सद्गुरुः .

को हि जगद्गुरुरुक्तः शंभुः ज्ञानं कुतः शिवादेव

 

मुक्तिं लभेत कस्मान्मुकुन्दभक्तेः मुकुन्दः कः .

यस्तारयेदविद्यां का चाविद्या यदात्मनोऽस्फूर्तिः

 

Who is brave ? One who protect those in fright

And who is the protector ? It is the preceptor (Guru)

Indeed, Who is said to be the World-preceptor ? Siva

Whence Knowledge ? Only from Siva

 

How can one get release ? By devotion to Mukunda

Who is Mukunda ? One who takes us across ignorance

And what is ignorance ? The non-manifestation of the Self

 

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

 

A good teacher is the one who practices what he preaches. It is obvious that Siva, being the Supreme Guru, (Jagadguru) Himself chants the Rama Nama.

 

Does not Lord Shiva Himself always repeat the Name "Rama" and chant the Divine Name into the ears of those dying at Kashi, thereby granting them liberation?

 

Atonce Lord Shiva said "it is enough if one chants the name "Rama."

 

You can chant the ‘Rama’ mantra to any deity. In fact, Lord Siva Himself chants the ‘Rama’ mantra all the time.

 

Lord Siva himself does not cease to chant the Divine Name Rama even for a moment out of such taste and love for that Name

 

Greatness of Chanting the Divine Name of Lord Shiva

 

Rama is indeed the highest teaching

 

Our ancient Sages and Rishis have glorified the Rama Nama

 

Rama Nama can grant all wishes at all times. Rama Nama can relieve you from any difficulty. The supreme Rama Nama could bestow all auspicious things. Let this Rama Nama be hailed everywhere.

 

No one can comprehend the glories of the Divine Name of Rama. All should Chant the Divine Name of Rama.

 

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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He who meditates on the immutable Lord Narayana, even for moment, attains salvation. How easy should be, then, for those who are wholly devoted to Him.

Nama Article 30th September 2013

 

Source: Sahasranama Bhashya by Adi Sankara

 

मुहूर्तमपि यो ध्यायेन्नारायणमतन्द्रितः ।

सोऽपि स्वर्गतिमाप्नोति किं पुनस्तत्परायणः ॥

 

He who meditates on the immutable Lord Narayana, even for moment, attains salvation. How easy should be, then, for those who are wholly devoted to Him.

 

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

 

Those who chant the Mahamantra even once in this Kali Yuga are assured of 'Moksha' (liberation)

 

Lord Krishna's auspicious Name even once heard or uttered destroys all evils or inauspiciousness. This Bhagavatha Dharma is founded and established by Lord Sri Krishna which protects the entire world.

 

I have uttered the name of God; I have repeated the name of Rama or Hari. How can I be a sinner?' One must have faith in the glory of God's name

 

The Master had the faith of a child. He immediately pointed out, 'Then why is there dirt on my body?' Krishnakishore explained, 'The inner impurities go away and not the external dirt.'

 

The glory of the Divine Names cannot be understood by logic, reasoning or argument

 

If you utter the Divine Name of the Lord, it will eliminate all your sins without leaving any residue.

 

Any person who Chants the Name of Krishna even only once, no matter, whether said devoutly or disdainfully, would cross the ocean of life.

 

Sri Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal extols the greatness of Chanting the Divine Name of Lord Shiva by quoting the below mentioned Sloka in Srimad Bhagavatha

 

Japa even once uttered has its own good effect, whether the individual is aware or not.

 

Lord Rama says, "I vouch safe security against all living beings to one who comes to me only once and seeks protection (from me), saying " Rama, I am yours", such is my vow"

 

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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Divine name is uttered in the ears of the blessed devotees in Kaashi at the time of Death by none other than Lord Shiva Himself

Nama Article 9th July 2013

 

श्रीरामभुजंग स्तोत्र – Sri Rama Bhujangam Stotram – Adisankara

 

यदावर्णयत्कर्णमूलेऽन्तकाले

शिवो राम रामेति रामेति काश्याम् |

 तदेकं परं तारकब्रह्मरूपं

भजेऽहं भजेऽहं भजेऽहं भजेऽहम् ||

 

I adore Sri Rama, the One Ultimate reality, whose Divine name is uttered in the ears of the blessed  devotees in Kaashi at the time of Death by none other than Lord Shiva Himself. This Tharakabrahma is capable of rescuing devotees from the ocean of samsaara.

 

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

 

Does not Lord Shiva Himself always repeat the Name "Rama" and chant the Divine Name into the ears of those dying at Kashi, thereby granting them liberation?

 

Atonce Lord Shiva said "it is enough if one chants the name "Rama."

 

You can chant the 'Rama' mantra to any deity. In fact, Lord Siva Himself chants the 'Rama' mantra all the time.

 

Lord Siva himself does not cease to chant the Divine Name Rama even for a moment out of such taste and love for that Name

 

Greatness of Chanting the Divine Name of Lord Shiva

 

Rama is indeed the highest teaching

 

Our ancient Sages and Rishis have glorified the Rama Nama

 

Rama Nama can grant all wishes at all times. Rama Nama can relieve you from any difficulty. The supreme Rama Nama could bestow all auspicious things. Let this Rama Nama be hailed everywhere.

 

No one can comprehend the glories of the Divine Name of Rama. All should Chant the Divine Name of Rama.

 

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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There are no qualifications necessary to know ones own name, and the same is true for the knower of Gods knowledge that "I am God”.

Nama Article 14th June 2013

 

Source: Adishankar’s Vivekachudamani

 

देवदत्तोहमो त्य् एतद् विज्ञानं निरपेक्षकम्

तद्वद् ब्रह्मविदोप्य् अस्य ब्रह्माहम् इति वेदनम्

 

There are no qualifications necessary to know ones own name, and the

same is true for the knower of Gods knowledge that "I am God”.

 

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

 

Incapability is the qualification! You should realize that you are incapable (of treading any spiritual path). AND, THAT IS THE ONLY QUALIFICATION REQUIRED. Chant this Divine Maha Mantra that has been advocated by our Shãstras. It is the easiest way

 

They might hesitate and ask, ‘Can I, who have committed innumerable grievous sins, utter the pure Name of the Lord?’ Such people need not hesitate or feel shy on this ground; they CAN sing the Divine Name of the Lord boldly and cheerfully!”

 

Lord Hari never discriminates between the learned and unlearned; So, whom so ever repeat His name always, get liberated.

 

I then decided that, though a scholar by profession, I should always remain a humble, ignorant peasant at heart, and pray, like that villager

 

Panditji marveled at Lakshmi's devotion and accepted that her faith was more powerful than his empty learning. He sincerely blessed Lakshmi.

 

The learned pandits tried their hands in various sastras and tried to calculate the distance. Each one gave different answers. Then Peria dasar said "This is a simple answer! Its just at a calling distance !

 

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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Once the ultimate reality is known, how can there be worldly life any more?

Nama Article 4th January 2013

 

Bhaja Govindham – Adi Shankara

 

वयसि गते कः कामविकारः, शुष्के नीरे कः कासारः।

क्षीणे वित्ते कः परिवारः, ज्ञाते तत्त्वे कः संसारः ॥

भज गोविन्दं भज गोविन्दं गोविन्दं भज मूढ़मते

 

What lustful enjoyments can there be when one is very old? How can there be a lake when the water has dried up?

What followers can one have when one’s wealth is exhausted? Once the ultimate reality is known, how can there be worldly life any more?

 

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

 

So, when chanted incessantly, they destroy our sleep called ignorance, thereby causing the dream called world to vanish and awaken us to the state of Reality!

 

This world is unreal. It is like a mirage. I can attain immortality and eternal bliss if I realise the Self only

 

To awaken us to the state of Truth, we need sounds which are above this worldly plane and are established in Reality. These sounds or ‘Shabdas’ (divine sounds) are mantras like the Mahamantra.

 

Reality is our true nature. We are wrongly persisting in unreality, that is, thoughts and worldly activities. Cessation of these will reveal the Truth.

 

I have applied a special eye lotion called “Guru’s grace”. Now I don’t see anything except Ram.

 

'Ra' is Reality, 'Ma' is the mind

 

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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To associate oneself in Satsang (being in the company of Holy persons) brings detachment towards worldly pursuits. Chant the Divine Name Govinda

Nama Article 26th December 2012

Bhaja Govindham – Adi Shankara
सत्सङ्गत्वे निस्स्ङ्गत्वं, निस्सङ्गत्वे निर्मोहत्वम् ।
निर्मोहत्वे निश्चलतत्त्वं, निश्चलतत्त्वे जीवन्मुक्तिः
भज गोविन्दं भज गोविन्दं गोविन्दं भज मूढ़मते
To associate oneself in Satsang (being in the company of Holy persons) brings detachment towards worldly pursuits. Detachment leads to freedom from delusion. From freedom from delusion arises constancy of mind in meditation of Supreme Being. Constancy of mind leads us to permanent awareness (liberation), even while alive.
O deluded minded friend, Chant the Divine Name Govinda, Chant the Divine Name Govinda, Chant the Divine Name Govinda.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

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

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