This telecom satsang was the last satsang for the year 2008. Karthikji from Cincinnati lead the Namasankirtan. 13 families participated in the telecon satsang. Followed by the brief round of introductions, Aravindji from Orlando discoursed on the importance of Namasankirtan.
Why should we all perform NamaSankirtan? If we take any path for attaining the eternal bliss, it has to be specified in the Vedas and Shastras. Vedas and Shastras are the guiding light to attain god. So what does these scriptures talk about human life? There is a famous saying which goes “Jantu Nam Nara Janma Dhurlabam” which means, Out of all the living beings, the human birth is the rarest of the rarest. One of the Tamil poet says “Aridhu Aridhu manidarai pirappal aridhu” – Rare and rare indeed is the human birth. Why is human birth glorified that we have got now? It is the human birth that has the sense of ‘Viveka’(discrimination) to understand the purpose of life. With the discriminating power of human life, we can analyze the scriptures and get the essence out of it.
The scriptures say that the only purpose is to realize God. Every activity that we do in our lives is to attain happiness. Every single activity of ours is tied to happiness. And this happiness is always coupled with sorrow.
To substantiate this let us take an example, a person buys a car and is extremely happy about it. His happiness is however short-lived till he saw another brand new car that had more sophisticated features on the road. He then starts to work hard to get that new car. He works hard for a few years to get that new car and once he got that car, his mind now wanders on more luxurious car. It is only God realization that will give the rarest of the rarest happiness without an iota of sorrow. It is like a person who has lost his keys in the bushes on a dark night and was searching for it under the street light. There comes a friend who was passing by and asked him what he was searching for. The man replied that he had lost his keys in the bushes and was searching for it. The bushes were a few meters away from the street light. The friend who was puzzled by his reply, asked him as to what he was doing under the street light. This person replied that he could only search under the street light! Friends, we have lost the happiness under the bushes and we are searching it under the street light. This friend is none other than the scriptures, Mahans and Guru who are the guiding us with a torch-light till we find the lost keys.
So what does our Scriptures say about the path to the eternal happiness? These scriptures have been given to us for this KaliYuga by Sage Veda Vyasa. He gave us the 4 vedas, the BrahmaSutras and the 18 Puranas. As we all know after the seventeenth Purana, he was feeling a bit depressed and something was troubling him, till Sage Narada came to him and advised him to write the eighteenth Purana, Srimad Bhagavatam which is the gem of all the puranas.
The last verse in Srimad Bhagavatam says “
NAma Sankirtan yasya sarva pApa praNAshanam |
PraNAmo dukha shamana: tam namAmi harim param ||”
Sage Veda Vyasa who has given us the four margas (Karma, Jnana, Raja, Yoga and Bhakti Margas) through Lord Krishna in Srimad Bhagavath Gita has also mentioned about Nama Sankirtan.
Why did he mention about Nama Sankirtan? If we look at the four yugas, each path has been specified as a specific remedy for that Yuga. In Tretha Yuga, life was very peaceful and who can do meditation for days in the forest just by eating berries. Similarly in Dwapar Yuga, everything was rich and pure but in Kaliyuga, everything is adulterated. There are many rules to do Pooja in order to reap its benefits. Foremost of them is that they have to be performed in the land of Bharatha. Secondly, every Akshara should be spelled correctly. But if take the path of Nama Sankirtan, it is one path that has no rules binding it. The chanting of Divine Names of the lord pose no rules and regulations and can be chanted during any part of the day irrespective of whatever work we do. To prove that it is indeed one of the easiest path, the Lord has sent Mahans after Mahans in this KaliYuga, who have followed and preached this path, and reached the ultimate.
Srimad Bhagavatam says
” kalau kalau bhavishyanti naaraayana paraayanah
tAmraparni nadi yatra kritamaala payasvini…”
The Sadhus will incessantly keep incarnating in the banks of Tamraparni, Kritamala…in this Kali Yuga.
Every state had a Mahan who showed the path of NamaSankirtan, To name a few, we have Sri.Bhadrachalam Ramdas from Andhra Pradesh, Azhwars and Nayanmars from Tamil Nadu, Sri.Pappa Ramadas from Kerala, Sri.Chaitanya MahaPrabhu from Bengal, Sri.PurandaraDasa from Karnataka The great Marathi Saints (Saint Tukkaram, Sant Tulasidas, Sant Namadev, Sant Eknath), Bhakta Meera from Rajasthan, Saint Lalla Bhai from Kashmir, Saint Guru Gobind Singh from Punjab, Swami Sivananda from Uttar Pradesh and Sri Narsi Mehta from Gujarat.
Nama Sankirtan is like fire. It not only gives light but also gives heat. Similarly Nama Sankirtan will not only bestow one with worldly benefits, cure diseases and also take us to the path of eternal bliss.
Chaitanya MahaPrabhu, one of the greatest philosophers He was the master in the Upanishada, Vedas and Shastras. But he just gave us eight verses.
“Nam Nam Akari Bahudari NijaSarva Sakthi:”
Thatrar Pita Niyamita Smaranena Kalaha”
Friend, There is absolutely no rules for following the path of chanting the Divine Names of the Lord.
Why is it called the Mahamantra? There is a scripture specifically mentioned for this Kaliyuga and it is called KaliSantara Upanishad. Sage Narada requests Lord Brahma to show him a path that can counteract the evil effects of this Kali. Lord Brahma told him the 16 verse
“Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare”
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare”
It is the Vedic mantra. This mantra will guide one through the Kali Yuga.
Sri.Thiagaraja in one of his Kirtan mentioned the greatness of the name Rama. The word Rama is eternal. It is coined from the following two mantras ‘Om Namo Narayanaya’ – the ‘Ra’ is the key syllable in this Mantra. If we remove Ra, it becomes “Om Namo Nayana which means there is no path. In ‘Om Nama Shivaya’ ‘ma’ is the key syllable of this Mantra. On Na Shivaya means, No auspiciousness. Putting these two key syllables, together, we get ‘Rama’.
The maha mantra is reverberating in the cosmos and by chanting the Divine Name we will verily reach the feet of the Lord.
Sri. Narayananji then talked about the inception of Global Organization of Divinity (GOD) and the activities carried out by the organization in the past two years.
The satsang wrapped up with Nama Sankirtan.