Bhagvannama Mahatmya (E)

The Glories of the Divine Name
The science behind chanting God's name
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Pages: 56

All scriptures openly declare that bhakti or devotion is the only means to attain God. At the same time, however, they also state that in this present age it is only through sankirtan that we can realise God. In this discourse delivered on 8 November 1984, Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj reconciles this apparent discrepancy for the understanding of all spiritual seekers. Shri Maharaj Ji discusses the science behind sankirtan and emphasises that God’s name must be taken with the firm belief that He is seated in His name with all His powers. If we practice sankirtan with this realisation in our heart and mind, then we will be able to relish the nectar of divine love in the pastimes, etc. of the Divine Couple.

The Tables are Turned

During November 1984, Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj sat in the courtyard of Kripalu Kutir, his modest residence in Mangarh, the rural village of his appearance known today as Bhakti Dham and delivered an astounding discourse on the nature, power and science behind true recitation of God’s name.

Shri Maharaj Ji’s narrative is woven together incorporating references from the Gita, Ramayana, Bhagavatam, Vedas and Upanishads, along with teachings from other great Saints like Jiva Gosvami, Saint Tulsidas, Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Jagadguru Shankaracharya, thereby showing how closely intertwined, but not inextricably so, this science is.

As one reads on, we discover just how much sankirtan has been glorified by our Saints and scriptures, and how often the Supreme Lord declares that He Himself is personally present in His names. With such irrefutable logic placed before us, Shri Maharaj Ji then tackles the pivotal question concerning the recitation of God’s name: why haven’t I realised God when I have taken His name so much?

He begins with Gauranga Mahaprabhu’s Ashtapadi, where he referred to this as our great misfortune. Shri Maharaj Ji masterfully reveals that Mahaprabhu Ji was referring to committing transgressions. From there, Shri Maharaj Ji goes straight to the very source of the confusion in this regard, the scriptural accounts of Ajamila and Valmiki, dissecting them as only he could to reconcile the whole apparent controversy.

Bhagavannama MahatmyaThe Glories of the Divine Name is an extraordinary spiritual discourse, the transcript of which is printed in its entirety in Hindi and English. Readers will gain some sense of the naturalness and ease of this great Scriptural Master, and delight reading the playful way he shows how something that was once our great misfortune, has now become our greatest fortune.

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