Nama Article 10th January 2015
HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji's discourse from Jan 10th to Jan 18th 2015 at Narada Gana Sabha, TTK Road, Chennai at 6:30 pm. All are welcome.
Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
When Bhagavăn commenced creation the first ripple ('chalanam') that was created was sound ('shabdam'). It is only this sound that is called Pranava. From Pranava has been born this wonderful Universe ('prapancha'). It is from the Pranava, which was brought forth by Bhagavăn, that the four Vedas arose. Bhagavăn first gave the Vedas and even though they contain the paths of ritual, worship and knowledge ('Karma', 'Upăsana', 'Jnăna' kăndas).
Only if you get to experience what is in the Vedas is it of any use. Otherwise it will only remain as a subject matter. Any subject for that matter, a cookery book, for instance -- Will reading the book over and over again appease hunger? The book explains the method to cook rice, 'păyasam', curry, etc. Just reading the book does not fill up one's stomach but one has to try cooking as shown in the text. So, only if we put into practice what has been written in the text is it of any use. Therefore, instead of stopping at chanting /reading ('părăyana') the Vedanta or any other Text ('Grantha'), we should try to bring the contents into experience. Only then we can receive/reap its full benefit.
Bhagavăn contemplated, "I gave the Vedas but it has not served the purpose. Răma and Krishna Avatar have also proved futile. So, what is the alternative?
- "Kalau Khalu Bhavishyanti Nărăyana parăyanăh".
In this Kali Yuga I will send Sădhus to incarnate in innumerable places on the earth". Therefore, Bhagavăn 'Wills' to liberate the 'jivas' through these Sădhus.
Srimad Bhăgavatam says, "Tămraparani nadhi yatra Kritamălă Payasvini" - In this Kali Yuga innumerable Sădhus will incarnate on the banks of river Tămrabharani, river Vaigai (kritamăla), river Pennai (that is also known as Pinăkini) and how will these Sădhus be? --- "Nărăyanaparăyanăh" --- All of them will show the path of Năma Sankirtanam. Through this path ('mărga') of Năma Sankirtanam the Sădhus will liberate all the 'jivas'.