Monday, July 07, 2008


Power of Divine name-140
Posted by: "Ravishankar Gopal" ravishankar_g
Sun Jul 6, 2008 7:12 am (PDT)
Dear Members,

Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, "In Kali Yuga, there is no other easy and comfortable way out, other than Hari's Nama." Listening to this, a heartless person from the crowd exclaimed, "All these are just for argument sake. These have been exaggerated, just to bring out the glory of the Nãma. Nãma alone will not give any benefit. Only in order for the masses to get the taste of Bhagavan Nama, have all these been said". Immediately Mahaprabhu closed his ears saying "Hari Hari".

He continued, "Both, who talks ill about the Lord's name and the one who hears him talk, acquire sin. Let us all go and bathe ourselves in the Ganges to get rid of this sin." Saying so, he took his Bhaktas to the banks of Ganga .

All of them sincerely followed Prabhu to take bath in the Ganges . Then, Prabhu spoke to them about the importance of Bhakti. "Dear brothers! If some one tries to attain the Lord, who is the only Omnipotent One, whose each hair follicle nurtures countless Universes, through Yoga, can he do it just by controlling his breath or by learning the philosophies? With what knowledge can one attain Him, whom the Vedas proclaim as 'Neti Neti' (not this; not this)? Can He be attained just by japa or renunciation? After all, what can we renounce? Nothing can happen without His mercy. Any good deed like japa, penance, study, pooja, charity, discipline, when done without Bhakti, is a waste. The Lord Himself has told Uddhava about this:

na sãdhayati mãm yogo na sãnkhyam dharma uddhava
na swãdhyãs thapasthyago yathã bhakthir mamorjita (Srimad Bhãgavatam 11-14-20)

Oh Uddhava! Yoga, Sãnkhya, learning, penance, renunciation -- None of these would please me much as Bhakti would.

Thus discoursing on Bhakti, Mahãprabhu gave joy and comfort to the 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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