Excerpts from the discourse of our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Bhagavan Nãma Bodendra Saraswati has written innumerable 'grantãs' (books) in connection with 'Nãma siddhãnta' (the philosophy of the Divine Name). Today, many of them are not to be found. 'Bhagavan Nãma Rasodayam' is the most important of all his 'grantãs'. The learned say that this 'granta' contains the substance of all the other 'grantãs'.
'Bhagavan Nãma Rasodayam' consists of 8 'ullãsam', i.e chapters. In the first 'ullãsam' Sri Bodendra conducts an enquiry ('vichãra')
- 'Is merit accrued due to performance of Bhagavan Nãmasankirtan?'
He delves into this. What is the reply coming forth from him?
- 'No one can demur that merit is accrued due to Bhagavan Nãmakirtan'.
All are aware of this. The Shastras admit this - 'sarva Shastra sammadam'
What precise 'vichãra' does the Swami conduct and what is the conclusion that he arrives at? It cannot be refuted that merit is accrued due to Bhagavan Nãmakirtan. This has been admitted by all the Shastras. However, he concludes, 'only due to merits earned in crores of births does Bhagavan Nãma come on our tongue.'
Now, what is the proof ('pramãna') of any merit earning acts ('punya') to our credit? It is certain that we have done 'punya'. What is the evidence? So many of us have gathered here and are performing Nãmasankirtan! Are we not? We are chanting Bhagavan Nãmakirtan. We know from Bodendra's 'hrudaya' (heart) that the reason for Bhagavan Nãma being uttered by us is only due to 'punya' accrued from meritorious acts performed in crores of 'janma' (birth).