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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Narayana, Narayana

Narayana.. Narayana..Narayana 

देवतान्तर नामानि नाशुचिः परिकीर्तयेत्।
नारयणस्य नामानि सदा सर्वत्र कीर्तयेत्॥
अपवित्र पवित्रो वा सर्वावस्ताम् गतोऽपि वा।
यः स्मरेत् पुण्डरीकाक्षम् स बाह्याभ्यन्तर शुचिः।
devatāntara nāmāni nāśuciḥ parikīrtayet|
nārayaṇasya nāmāni sadā sarvatra kīrtayet||
apavitra pavitro vā sarvāvastām gato'pi vā|
yaḥ smaret puṇḍarīkākṣam sa bāhyābhyantara śuciḥ|

One should not venture to utter the names of other Gods when one is not in a pure and unpolluted condition..
But one is permitted to utter and praise the name of "Narayana" wherever or in whatever condition he is in 

Whatever may be the conditions of a person.. polluted, impure, pure , purified or even beyond all states, still if he remembers Pundareekaaksha.. Lord Narayana, he becomes pure externally and internally.. with immediate effect..

Yes, the name of Narayana.. the Supreme being.. be it Govinda, Krishna or Vasudeva... can be uttered without considering ones own state of purity.. 
This is not possible in respect of other ritualistic worships..

Ante Narayanasmruti...अन्ते नारायणस्मृति 
Remembering Narayana when one is breathing his last.. is the ultimate that can be attained by any living being.. 

The story of the delinquent brahmin Ajamila is a standing testimony for this..
Ajamila, though born as a brahmin, fell into nasty ways and was living with a fallen woman, and begot lots of children in her.. 
As luck would have it, he named the last child, a favourite of his as Narayana..
The brahmin was about to die and the lieutenants of the fiery death god Yama were ready with sturdy ropes to tie him and take to hell for punishment for his cursed ways.. 

But just out of fear, the brahmin shouted out the name of his last son.. Narayana.. that is the name of the Lord too..

And the name of the lord worked for itself.. 
The angels of Vishnu appeared immeditely, grabbed the soul of the brahmin from the emissaries of the death god and carried him to Vaikundam.. the abode of the Lord Narayan..

We do so many foolish things without knowing the consequences.. and purchase trouble too..

Why do we not make the mistake of.. if we can call it a mistake.. calling out the name of Narayana once in a while.?
. We are sure to be be rewarded for that mistake 

A Vaikunda Ekadashi thought..

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