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आपन्नः संसृतिं घोरां यन्नाम विवशो गृणन्। ततः सद्यो विमुच्येत तद्बिभेति स्वयं भयम्॥ The fourteenth shloka of the 1st adhayaya, 1st skandha of Srimad Bhagavata. This shloka is about the power of Nama Sankeertana, taking the divine name. Somebody is in a dangerous situation. A robber has drawn a knife and is about to attack him. In such a dangerous situation take the name of any of the avataras with bhakti with shra....
आपन्नः संसृतिं घोरां यन्नाम विवशो गृणन्।
ततः सद्यो विमुच्येत तद्बिभेति स्वयं भयम्॥
The fourteenth shloka of the 1st adhayaya, 1st skandha of Srimad Bhagavata.
This shloka is about the power of Nama Sankeertana, taking the divine name.
Somebody is in a dangerous situation.
A robber has drawn a knife and is about to attack him.
In such a dangerous situation take the name of any of the avataras with bhakti with shraddha.
He is saved, the trouble is gone, the danger is gone.
This is the power of Bhagavannama.
This can happen in two ways.
The cause of fear, that cause of fear itself fears Bhahgawannama.
The power of Bhgawannama.
It is scared.
Don't think that the robber if he hears you taking the divine name, he will get scared and run away.
Not at that level.
There is an evil driving that robber to commit that crime.
An evil has possessed him, taken hold of him, and is going to make him commit this crime.
That evil force inside him, that evil force can hear when you take Bhagawan's name.
That evil force knows that this divine name has the power to burst me like a balloon.
The vibrations of the divine name when they hit me I will burst like a balloon.
The very existence of evil is challenged.
It is a life-or-death situation for that evil force.
So either it makes the robber run away or leaves the body of the robber and runs away.
That is the power of Divyanama.
The second possibility is that taking the Divyanama makes you so bold, so powerful that you don't feel fear anymore.
Makes you capable of facing any situation.
There is one more possibility, a third possibility, like how it happened with Ambarisha.
All dualistic thoughts disappear as you go on taking Divyanama.
You will fear only what is external, what is outside of you.
When the whole world is your own extension, what is there to fear?
This is a highly evolved state.
Even at the time of death when the Yamadootas come to take the atma to Yamaloka, if the person takes the name of Bhagawan, even accidentally like how it happened in the case of Ajamaila, the Yamadootas get scared.
They are scary themselves, they get so scared.
Even Yamaraja himself has given them standing instruction.
If this happens, then don't bring him here.
He deserves a place in Vaikuntha.
Yamaraja himself sends a chariot for that person to go to Vaikuntha.
That is the power of the Divya Nama.
Even after Bhagawan returns to his abode after achieving the purpose of the avatara, his divine name still remains for us to take advantage of, to protect us.
He doesn't withdraw the power of his divine name when he goes back.
His entire power itself remains in his Divya Nama.
But then, one question comes up.
Then this benefit is only for humans.
Only humans can take his name.
Only humans have got the ability of speech.
Then what about birds, animals, trees, and plants who can't take his name?
So is it that Bhagawan is concerned only about humans?
It is not like that.
यत्पादसंश्रयाः सुत मुनयः प्रशमायनाः।
सद्यः पुनन्त्युपस्पृष्टाः स्वर्धुन्यापोऽनुसेवया॥
For them, his presence is enough.
They just have to be near him.
This fact the knowledgeable Rishis realized and rather than resorting to other laborious methods they just spend time at his feet.
That is enough.
Being at his feet is enough.
Being near him is enough.
Not near the Bhagwan who is physically there.
Bhagwan is not there physically for us.
He has gone back to his abode.
Then how do we keep ourselves near him?
His temple, his idol, his photo, and books describing his greatness such as Bhagawata.
His devotees, they have his divine presence in them.
Somebody who has the knowledge, you will be benefited only if he agrees to teach you and you learn from.
But somebody who has bhakti for Bhagawan, their mere presence is enough to elevate you. Their mere presence is a blessing.
Coming in touch with, staying in touch with them is enough.
Stay perpetually connected to them.
Then you are at his feet.
Like how Ganga purifies if you merely touch her,
Being near Bhagawan purifies.
To get purified, you have to touch Ganga.
But if a genuine devotee, a bhakta, if he even looks at you, you are purified.
This is not just for humans.
The flowers offered at the divine feet are blessed.
The cow that gives milk for his abhisheka is blessed.
The plants which produced the grains with which his naivedya is made, they are blessed.
They get to go near him.
They touch him.
The bee that produced the honey that is offered in panchamrita to him, that bee is blessed.
Bhagwan is not partial.
He gives opportunity to everyone.
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