Nama Article 23rd March 2009
Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
1. One day a fisherman makes a big catch. When he cuts open the fish he finds an invaluable gem. He takes the gem to the trader who recognizes its value and offers twenty lakh rupees to the fisherman.
2. The trader takes it to the King who in turn recognizes its worth and pays a higher price to him.
3. The King then wears the gem on his own crown.
1. The person who Chants the Divine Name for financial benefit or to solve some problems in the family is likened to the fisherman. He is not aware of the real value of the gem.
2. The person who Chants the Divine Name for attainment of liberation is likened to the trader who realizes its worth.
3. And the person who enjoys Chanting the Divine Name and derives pleasure ('Aanandha') with the mere chanting/singing is likened to the King. Mahatmas are like the King.
Thiagaraja, Tukaram were all like this. They did not seek any worldly comforts. Japa/Chanting the Divine name was their life source ('Jeevana ãdhara') and 'dhãrakam, 'poshakam' (nourishment). They could not live without uttering the Name of the Lord. It was their very breath.
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare