NAmasankIrtana – Medicine and elixir

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					 NAmasankIrtana – Medicine and
• dyAyan krtE yajan yagnaI: trEtAyAm dvAparE arcayan
  yadApnOti tadApnOti kalou sankIrtya kesavam
• (The means for liberation in krta yuga is – meditation
  (mental) in trEta is – oblations (physically complicated) in
  dvApara is – arcana (physically simple) in kali is – nama
  sankIrtana (oral)
• Although the end is fixed the means gets simplified in
  successive yugas finally culminating in chanting Bhagavan’s
  His holy names
• Medicine is a bitter cure; elixir is a sweet enjoyment that
  follows. Milk is a cure as well as delight; so is bhagavan
  nAma. It eliminates the pain of material world and absorbs us
  in bliss.
           Why nAma sankIrtana
• As we realise atman’ s subservience to parmAtma we engage in
  various services that please the Master. One of them is nAma
  sankIrtana (stavya: stavapriya: stOtram..)
• His nAmas fill the vacuum of His physical absence. He is a 24 ct gold
  but His namas are like 22ct gold, fit for ornaments. Even when He is
  away His nAmas are close as evident from the episode of draupadi.
  Eventhough Krshna was at dvAraka when she called His namAs
  blessed her clothes.
• All are eligible to chant nAmAs; a son hates his mother and slaps her,
  murmurs ‘amma’ when his hand pains; even to blame an atheist uses
  His names. There is no need for any qualification to chant as this is the
• It is not mandatory to know the meaning of each nAma; it works even
  without that; fire burns when touched irrespective of whether we know
  that it would burn or not.
• The story of ajAmila in Srimad bhagavatam. It is a
  misconception that nAma sankIrtana is a recurring
  medicine that allows us to repeat mistakes. For
  ajAmila, the company of duta bhagavatas
  destroyed his papa and so he repented and that
  eventually led him to liberation.
• The episode of mudgala and kshatrabandhu
• 1. Kedum idarAyavellam kEsavA enna 2. Vadati
  yama:kila tasya karna mUlE …. Naman tamarAl
  ArAyappattariyAr kandir..3. kim tvayA nArcitO
  dEva: kEsava: klEsa nAsana: 4. kAvalil pulanai..
  5. Paccai mA malai..(tondaradippodi azhvar gave
  up mOksham for the joy of chanting nAmas)
        Sri vishnu sahasranAma
• The cream of Mahabharata is in Gita and sahasranAma. Yudhishthira
  requested for the decision of Bhishma about the 1. ultimate reality,
  2.human end and 3.the means - bhishma confirmed that only nAma
  sankIrtana facilitates bhakti. kimEkam…jagatprabhum..Further he says
  that nAmAs are explanatory of the auspicious qualities (yAni nAmAni
• nAmAs explain one of the following .1 His essential nature (kAraNa)
  or 2. divine form (puNdarIkAksha) or 3. quality (vatsala) or 4. wealth
  (visvamUrtE). Kesava is one nAma which accommodates all four.
• nAma sankIrtana aids in practicing bhakti which in turn is the means
  of liberation. This removes fear, cures diseases, clears confusion,
  improves wisdom, nurtures bhakti and blesses wealth needed for
  service. (vanE raNe.. vEdantagO brahmana: syAt…). Siva’s reply to
  Parvati suggests Rama nAma as equal to all the thousand nAmAs.
• We must not trade namAs for low human ends. Chant for the pleasure
  of chanting (as an end by itself and not means)

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