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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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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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As and when a person loses himself in the contemplation of the Lord and in chanting His names and listening to His glories, his mind gets purified

Nama Article 23rd October 2013

 

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

 

Srimad Bhagavatham (11:14:26)

 

यथा यथात्मा परिमृज्यतेसौ

मत्-पुण्य-गाथा-श्रवणाभिधानैः

तथा तथा पश्यति वस्तु सूक्ष्मं

चक्षुर् यथैवाञ्जन-सम्प्रयुक्तम्

 

As and when a person loses himself in the contemplation of the Lord and in chanting His names and listening to His glories, his mind gets purified and he begins to see clearly the subtlest principle, namely, 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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Satsanga is the easiest way to get rid of one’s attachment to the world.

Nama Article 20th October 2013

 

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

 

Srimad Bhagavatham 11:12:1, 11:12:2

 

नो रोधयति मां योगो न साङ्ख्यं धर्म एव च

न स्वाध्यायस् तपस् त्यागो नेष्टा-पूर्तं न दक्षिणा

व्रतानि यज्ञश् छन्दांसि तीर्थानि नियमा यमाः

यथावरुन्धे सत्-सङ्गः सर्व-सङ्गापहो हि माम्

 

In his final message to Uddhava, Sri Krishna declares – "No yoga, virtuous deeds, study of scriptures, vows, vedic rituals, pilgrimages, social services to the poor and the needy, or spiritual discipline will ever as easily take us to the Lord as Satsanga can. Satsanga is the easiest way to get rid of one's attachment to the world.''

 

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

 

'What does reaching the feet of the guru actually mean?'

 

God-realisation is possible only by immersing oneself again and again in the dust of the holy feet of saintly persons.

 

Satsanga, the company of and service to holy persons is the direct gateway to liberation.

 

To remain in the Holy Feet of the Guru as a ‘nobody’ (zero); to remain like a doll in his hand. This is the only effort that can be taken by us

 

“To remain how God wills” – being in this state is Bhagavatha Dharmam.

 

Likewise, God takes hold of his devotee and removes all the hurdles in his/her way.

 

Guru’s boundless grace is immeasurable, limitless and infinite.

 

I am not asking you to do giant tasks, but all I ask of you is, let the task be small, but do this with love and sincerity.

 

We would feel that there is none as rich as we are because we have got such a Guru Ratnam

 

Only a liberated person can awaken and liberate the person who is ignorant.

 

The common question that arises in everyone is 'What is essential to attain God – Grace or effort?'

 

God takes the form of a Guru and appears to the devotee; teaches him the Truth; purifies the mind by his teachings and contact

 

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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God-realisation is possible only by immersing oneself again and again in the dust of the holy feet of saintly persons.

Nama Article 19th October 2013

 

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

 

Srimad Bhagavatham 5:12:12

रहूगणैतत् तपसा न याति न चेज्यया निर्वपणाद् गृहाद् वा

न च्छन्दसा नैव जलाग्नि-सूर्यैर् विना महत्-पाद-रजो-ऽभिषेकम्

 

In the fifth Skandha, Jada Bharata in his exhortation to King Rahugana says – "No one can achieve God-realisation by any amount of penance, meditation, Vedic rituals, worship of the Sun-god, the fire-god or other gods, sacrifices or by renouncing the house-holder's life. God-realisation is possible only by immersing oneself again and again in the dust of the holy feet of saintly persons.''

 

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

 

'What does reaching the feet of the guru actually mean?'

 

Satsanga, the company of and service to holy persons is the direct gateway to liberation.

 

To remain in the Holy Feet of the Guru as a ‘nobody’ (zero); to remain like a doll in his hand. This is the only effort that can be taken by us

 

“To remain how God wills” – being in this state is Bhagavatha Dharmam.

 

Likewise, God takes hold of his devotee and removes all the hurdles in his/her way.

 

Guru’s boundless grace is immeasurable, limitless and infinite.

 

I am not asking you to do giant tasks, but all I ask of you is, let the task be small, but do this with love and sincerity.

 

We would feel that there is none as rich as we are because we have got such a Guru Ratnam

 

Only a liberated person can awaken and liberate the person who is ignorant.

 

The common question that arises in everyone is 'What is essential to attain God – Grace or effort?'

 

God takes the form of a Guru and appears to the devotee; teaches him the Truth; purifies the mind by his teachings and contact

 

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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This chapter deals with the unknown – but most essential – factor in one’s spiritual life, known as the Grace (Anugraha) of the Lord.

Nama Article 18th October 2013

 

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

 

Srimad Bhagavatham – Chapter VI – Pushti Skandha

 

This chapter deals with the unknown – but most essential – factor in one's spiritual life, known as the Grace (Anugraha) of the Lord. Paul Brunton calls it an X-factor as it is both unknown and unpredictable. This Skandha also prescribes "Nama Smaranam'', remembering or chanting any of the names of the Lord – whether from the bottom of one's heart with deep faith and devotion, or even unintentionally – as also prayers from the heart, as the sure means to attain the Grace of the Lord.

 

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

 

By the mere Will of God even the lowliest of the low can, in a matter of a second, receive the Grace and become a Jnăni.

 

Bhagavăn might (without any reason) just bestow liberation on anyone. This is very rare, though.

 

Lord should desire to take you unto Him

 

When one believes in the grace of the Lord alone and totally surrenders to Him, he is liberated in the very same birth.

 

While speaking on Bhakti marga alone Lord Says………

 

Likewise, it would suffice if we do not block the Grace that is being sent out.

 

God’s grace always flows in abundance. It is upto you to be ready to receive it.

 

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

 

The Divine Supreme Cheat code

 

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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Satsanga, the company of and service to holy persons is the direct gateway to liberation.

Nama Article 17th October 2013

 

Srimad Bhagavatham 3:25:20

 

प्रसङ्गम् अजरं पाशम् आत्मनः कवयो विदुः

स एव साधुषु कृतो मोक्ष-द्वारम् अपावृतम्

 

The wise consider attachment as an unyielding fetter for the soul. The same, however, serves as an open door to liberation, when it is directed towards saints.

 

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

 

In order to rid the mind of its attachment to worldly objects as "mine'', one must resort to the company of holy persons, Sadhus, which is the direct doorway to liberation. Thus attachment to Satsanga leads finally to detachment.

 

Satsanga, the company of and service to holy persons is the direct gateway to liberation. Thus attachment to Satsanga leads finally to detachment.

 

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

 

To remain in the Holy Feet of the Guru as a ‘nobody’ (zero); to remain like a doll in his hand. This is the only effort that can be taken by us

 

And for those who cannot follow any of those, He shows the simplest way to all, “Satsanga of a Mahan”.

 

“To remain how God wills” – being in this state is Bhagavatha Dharmam.

 

Likewise, God takes hold of his devotee and removes all the hurdles in his/her way.

 

Guru’s boundless grace is immeasurable, limitless and infinite.

 

I am not asking you to do giant tasks, but all I ask of you is, let the task be small, but do this with love and sincerity.

 

We would feel that there is none as rich as we are because we have got such a Guru Ratnam

 

Only a liberated person can awaken and liberate the person who is ignorant.

 

The common question that arises in everyone is 'What is essential to attain God – Grace or effort?'

 

God takes the form of a Guru and appears to the devotee; teaches him the Truth; purifies the mind by his teachings and contact

 

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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