Happy Rama Navami !
Nama Article 31st March 2012
Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrugna - all the three served Lord Rama. Lakshmana lived along side Rama and served him. Lakshmana built hut for him, prepared his bed, collected fuel for cooking food, guarded as Rama and Sita were together, assisted Rama in killing the asuras, etc. How did Bharata serve Rama. Was he not physically away from Rama? Bharata carried out the instructions of Rama. Rama desired Bharata to rule the kingdom in His absence. Did not Bharata possess the ability to live in the forest and serve Rama? Yet, Bharata sacrificed his life for the sake of Rama. He lived far away from Rama whom he loved and revered and ruled the kingdom as advised by Rama. And, Shatrugna by serving Bharata with love and faith served Rama!
If all were to live in the physical presence of the Guru who is to do His work? Sacrificing your very life for the sake of carrying out His work is indeed a great service ('kainkarya'). To read the Bhagavatam, to perform Nãmasankirtan, to collect people living around one's home and help them chant the Lord's Name is verily service to the Guru. Or to follow the special instruction given to him/her by the Guru is verily 'service' to the Guru.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji