Nama Article 8th November 2014
Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
"What is the essence of all the Shastras, the Brahma Sutra, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, etc. that I have offered (to the world)? Worship Narayana with Nãmasankirtan!" One cannot counter this if none other than Veda Vyasa has declared it.
This is the reason that we find several Mahans, incarnated in this Bharata desa, showing the path of Nãmasankirtan to us, by vouchsafing it to be one supported by the Shastrãs, the Dharma, as also adopted by Mahans.
The first three Ãzhwãrs were the first to perform Nãmasankirtan. Beginning from the Ãzhwãrs and later the Nãyanmãrs innumerable Mahans have incarnated. From the period of the Ãzhwãrs to 'charitra kãla' (historical period) to this day, several Mahans have come down to the earth and rendered us 'parama upakãram' (highest help). What help they have they rendered us? They have offered loads and loads of Nãmasankirtan. Have they not? They give us Bhagavan Nãma in heaps. Don't they? This is verily 'parama upakãram'! Only due to their deep compassion ('kripai'), thousands of them coming down one after another ('vãzhai adi vãzhai') in this Bharata desa, have offered such loads and loads of Bhagavan Nãma to all. Yet, considering the population ('jana samooham') on earth, any number of Mahans does not suffice. Any number of Mahans coming down is not adequate for the number of people on earth.
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