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Importance of Chanting
Recitation of Lord's name
 

An effective "passport" for attaining salvation is the constant recitation of the names of the Lord and chanting His glory. No restriction of any kind is imposed on this method of liberation (Bhagawan Nama Sankirtanam).

 

Tirukkudanthai Srimad Andavan in his discourse pointed out that even Brahma and Indra were not exempted from being bound by the shackles of Maya. Brahma was taught a lesson for hiding the cowherd boys and cattle in a cave, by the Lord Himself taking as many forms as the missing lot and continuing to assume the same for one year. Indra went to the extent of showing his wrath against Sri Krishna for not getting his due puja from the people, without knowing that it was also God's act. In spite of ample proof of His greatness, people still get shrouded in Maya.

 

Sri Krishna took his friends to the banks of the Yamuna and enjoyed eating in their company. It is something astounding that when attempts are being made of offer Him the Havis by performing Yagnas (sacrifices), the Lord takes the form of an ordinary human being and mixes freely with humble folk. Periyazhwar revels in expounding Krishnavatara and the many facets of the Lord's playful manifestations. One easily accessible, without being tied by any inhibition, to those in the lower rungs and intermingle with them freely, to a particular extent. Sri Rama a strict disciplinarian, partakes of eatables with Sabari.

 

The great saint (Periyazhwar) in one of his works had mentioned the path leading to Moksha. Just as people work hard in the field for eight months in a year and take rest during the remaining months (the monsoon) and as one toils during his youth to lead a comfortable life in the declining period, so too, people who desire to reach the Lord's feet, should ceaselessly think of Him during the present life. The Lord who directs Periyazhwar to explain to a congregation of scholars that Paramatma is synonymous with Narayana, later doubts whether the saint had become possessed with ego. It is Panchajanya (Sankham) who tells the Lord that the saint sang Pallandu (Mangalasasana) out of sheer love (Preethi) towards the Lord and not out of arrogance.

 

There should always be an Acharya to detail the glory of God. All that Sri Krishna told Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita was of no avial and in the end, the Lord asks him to surrender to God. If the Lord takes up teaching lessons directly, He has perforce to deal with His own greatness. On the other hand, an Acharya will be in an advantageous position, as a third person, to extol His manifestations effectively. Thus, even centuries after the exit of great savants, their teachings still remain with us.

June 22, 1964

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