Nama Article 12th January 2014
11th Jan to 19th Jan 2014 "Bhaktha Vijayam" Discourse by HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji – Narada Gana Sabha, Alwarpet – 6.30 PM onwards.
Today is Vaikunda Ekadasi
Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Early in the morning we should wake up only with the name of 'HARI' on our lips - 'Munivargalum yogigalum Hari enra peraravam kettilayo' - sings Ăndăl. Our Smritis say that Mahălakshmi (consort of Lord Hari and goddess of wealth) rushes to the house where the sound of Hari Nămasankirtan is heard every (early) morning. Therefore, that house overflows with prosperity ('subhiksha').
Sadhus wake up early morning only with the name of HARI on their lips. After their ablutions, they chant stotrăs on Bhagavăn. They begin the day with Thiruvărădana (waking up the Lord-their puja murthi), then perform părăyana (reading of the Holy Book), perform Kirtan in the evening followed by dhyăna. This is the daily routine laid down for the Sadhus. In the evenings, they again perform nămasankirtan and finally 'dolotsava' (putting the Lord to bed).
The Shastras have laid the time for each - for dhyăna, for thiruvărădana, for părăyana. 'Sattvic' gods should not be worshipped at midnight. It is only 'dur devatăs' - (evil devatăs) who are worshipped at midnight. But on special days, say - Vaikunta Ekădasi (a 'punya kăla'- auspicious time) the Lord is worshipped all through the night. But, regular worship of 'Sattvic' gods is performed only at the prescribed time and never at midnight.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
On auspicious days like Ekadasi people go on the streets singing the Divine Name of the Lord. This is called 'Nagara Sankirtan'. The Divine Name is spread in this manner especially in the Tamizh month of 'MArgazhi' [mid-December to mid-January]
When we fast and don't eat we should keep feeding our mouth with a tastier thing of Chanting His Divine Names and speaking about His glories by engaging ourselves in Japa, Bhajan and reading our scriptures.
Every Ekadasi Akanda Namakirtan (Chanting Mahamantra from 6 am to 6 pm is done in most of our Namadwaars)
Every day in Marghazhi month and on Sundays people go on the streets singing the Divine Name of the Lord in all Namadwaars and GOD Satsangs
Every week people in hundres of GOD satsangs across the globe join and sing the Divine Names of the Lord