Nama Article 1st October 2014
Stories As Told By Swami Papa Ramdas
There was once a Sadhaka who aspired after God-realisation. He went to a Sadhu and asked him what he should do for realising God. The Sadhu said that he should repeat God's name and think of God constantly. The young aspirant did not like this simple advice. He thought poorly of the power of the Name. He had the idea that one should learn Sanskrit and master the Vedas and Shastras, before he could get God-realisation. So he left this Sadhu and went to another who was well-versed in the Vedas and Shastras and requested him to teach him Sanskrit so that he might gain proficiency in the same. The teacher agreed, but added that the student should also do some service, besides pursuing his studies. He was given the work of tending the cows in the Ashram. So the young friend took up the service of the Ashram cows and whenever he had spare time, he went to the teacher and took his lessons in Sanskrit. Thus twelve years passed. He became a great Sanskrit scholar and had good knowledge of the Vedas and Shastras. But he did not realise God. So he asked his teacher why he had not attained God even though he had become learned in the Vedas and other scriptures.
The teacher then said that mere scholarship and learning did not lead to God-realisation. To realize God, one must love Him intensely and ceaselessly remember Him by taking His name. Now the young aspirant realised his mistake in not listening to the advice of the first Sadhu, who had asked him to take to God's name twelve years ago. He regretted that he had wasted many precious years in merely acquiring learning without chanting God's name or cultivating love and devotion for God.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Namakirtan is definitely the easiest way. But our illusion (maya) would not allow us to do even that. Hence we should not get caught in the illusion. One should always catch hold of the Divine Name with out indulging in any pomp and show.