Nama article - 1st July 2007
Why is human life so miserable ? I don't desire any comfort, but even the basic things needed for life seem to be going out of my hand. What should I do?
Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji:
When one participates in a motor race or wants to become a solider, he very well understands the risk involved in the job.
Renouncing everything in life and becoming a monk is very easy. But those who take to family life are really courageous and are ready to face the challenges in life. In that sense, they are great.
There will be ups and downs in the family life. One sails over the times of merry and joy very easily. It is a seemingly pleasurable experience. However, when it comes to the times of sadness, we are not able to take it with as much ease as we do in times of joy. That is the nature of the mind.
How do we face the times of sorrow with the same courage and boldness? There is only one way out. Surrender to the Almighty. Invoke his grace to give us the power to face the times of trouble.
The easiest way to invoke God's grace is by chanting His Name. The most important aspect here is faith. With sincerity, steadfast faith and devotion, if the Maha Mantra is chanted every day, then in due course of time, one can visibly see that the sorrows will automatically vanish and you will be able to look at the world from a level-headed perspective.
So, have steadfast faith in the Nama you chant - the Maha Mantra. It will do away with your personal and family miseries. The Lord, through the Maha Mantra will then take care of your family life. What more? All your wishes will be fulfilled, and if you do it regularly over a long time, you can definitely see God face-to-face.