Nama Article 19th Feb 2017
HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
In the 'Bhakta Saamrajya' (the kingdom of devotion), Sadhus are verily the citizens, Srimad Bhagavatam verily the governing scripture (Shaastra) and Nama Sankirtan, verily the wealth!
Sometimes we consume food because we are hungry and at other times, we consume specific delicacies because we want to relish the taste. However, the food that we consume for the sake of taste also appeases hunger. Likewise, the Vedanti and yogi go about their spiritual practice in pursuit of liberation like the one who eats to satiate his hunger. A Bhakta performs Bhakti out of sheer love for it, like the one who eats just to relish the taste. Though it is never his intention, the Bhakta's pursuit will also take him to liberation just as the food consumed for taste fulfills hunger.
Those with taste for materialistic and worldly ways of life wish to live long to enjoy the sensory pleasures. Those who get Satsang and perform a little Bhakti get tired of life very soon and don't want to live long! Some consider Bhakti and Satsang as a means for Moksha and hence want to die early! This is because they have not progressed enough in Bhakti to consider it as anything other than a means for liberation ('moksha sadhana'). If we read the Scriptures and the prayers of Maha Bhaktas, we find that they have always cried out to be blessed with Bhakti in many many Janmas to come. These are the Mahans who nourish the true taste for Bhakti!