Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Which atonement ('prãyaschiita') is the best?

Nama Article - 14th August 2007

Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji


Once Samarta Ramdas wanders about the forest freely. Lots of birds are flying up in the sky. Ramadas had a bag hung from his shoulder. He picks up a stone and hits a flying bird and it falls down dead. He picks up the dead bird and drops it in his bag. In this manner he hits the birds one by one and drops them in his bag. Those who watched him thought, 'Everyone calls him a Mahatma. But, he is killing the birds one by one and is dropping them in his bag.' They go up to him and tell, "Swami! The whole world calls you a Mahatma. But, you are committing such an act!"


Ramadas asks, "Is what I am doing sinful?"


The people reply, "Certainly! What you are doing is sinful. One by one you are killing all the birds and dropping them in your bag!"


Ramadas, "Well! What is the atonement for it?"


They speak elaborately on the atonement to be done and Ramadas performs all of them though them.


Soon after Ramdas asks them, "At your behest I have performed all the atonement rites. But, the birds do not seem to fly!"


They say, "Your sins have flown away. But, the birds will not fly!"


Do you know what Samarta Ramdas said?


"I will now do an atonement. Will you watch?"


He picked up a bird from the bag and held it in his hand. He uttered, 'Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram!' and lifted his hand. The bird happily soared up into the sky! As he picked up the birds one by one and uttered the Nãma they all flew away into the sky!


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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