The Profound Power of Remembering Bhagavan



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Do you know how powerful it is to think about Bhagavan? Bhagvatsmaranam.
Let's see about this and also the meaning of the 130th Divya Nama of Vishnu Sahasranama - वेदवित्

Padma Purana says -
स्मर्तव्याः सततं विष्णुर्विस्मर्तव्यो न जातुचित्
You should perpetually think about Bhagavan, never forget him.

मान्त्रं पार्थिवमाग्नेयं वायव्यं दिव्यमेव च ।
वारुणं मानसं चेति स्नानं सप्तविधं स्मृतम् ॥
There are seven kinds of bath.
What is the purpose of bath?
For cleansing, for purifying.
Mantra snanam - you can purify yourself by chanting appropriate mantras.
Parthiva snanam - By touching soil or mud in the holy rivers or under Tulasi, it purifies.
What is Gopichandanam?
It is mud, divine mud.
That's why you apply it on your body, it purifies.
Applying bhasma is Agneya snanam - it purifies.
When you walk behind cows, the dust raised by their hoofs, when that dust falls on your body, you are purified.
This is called Vayavyasnanam.
The dust from the hoofs of cows, it is so powerful, in Muhurta shahstra there is something called Godhuli Muhurta.
Godhuli means Cow-dust.
At twilight, cows return home after grazing.
At that time, the air is filled with the dust from their hoofs.
That time is so auspicious that nothing you have to see; tithi, nakshatra, Rahu-kala, nothing you have to see.
Divyasnanam - When there is rain and sunlight at the same time.
Drenching in that rain is very purifying.
It is called Divyasnanam.
Varunasnanam - the regular bath with water particularly holy rivers is called Varuna snanam.

Above all these, just remembering Bhagavan Vishnu itself is purifying.
It is called Manasa snanam.

Sage Narada and Sage Pulastya say -
अपवित्रः पवित्रो वा सर्वावस्थां गतोऽपि वा ।
यः स्मरेत् पुण्डरीकाक्षं सबाह्याभ्यान्तरः शुचिः ॥
Impure or pure or somewhere in between, if you want to be pure from outside and inside, just remember Bhagavan.
यद्यप्युपहतैः पापैर्मनसात्यन्तदुस्तरैः ।
तथापि संस्मरन् विष्णुं स बाह्याभ्यन्तरः शुचिः ॥
Even if someone is filled with the worst kind of sins, he becomes pure if he remembers Lord Vishnu.

Vishnu Purana says -
प्रायश्चित्तान्यशेषाणि तपः कर्मात्मकानि वै ।
यानि तेषामशेषाणां कृष्णानुस्मरणं परम् ॥
Among all prayaschittas, all forms of tapas, remembering Bhagavan Krishna is the highest and greatest.

कृते पापेऽनुतापो वै यस्य पुंसः प्रजायते ।
प्रायश्चित्तन्तु तस्यैकं हरिसंस्मरणं परम् ॥
If you regret something that you have done, then remembering Sri Hari is your one and only prayaschitta.

Brahma Vaivarta Purana says -
कर्मणा मनसा वाचा यः कृतः पापसञ्चयः ।
सोऽप्यशेषः क्षयं याति स्मृत्वा कृष्णांघ्रिपङ्कजम् ॥
Loads of papa amassed through deeds of body, words, and mind, they are all destroyed if you remember the lotus feet of Sri Krishna.

And finally Skanda Purana says -
यस्य स्मरणमात्रेण जन्मसंसारबन्धनात् ।
विमुच्यते नमस्तस्मै विष्णवे प्रभविष्णवे ॥
Just remeber him, he will release you from all bondage and give you moksha.

So much is the power of Bhagavan's smaranam.
Keep thinking about him, keep on thinking about him.

The 130th Divya Nama is वेदवित्.
Vedavit means someone who knows the Veda.
Bhagavan himself says in Gita -
ऊर्ध्वमूलमधःशाखमश्वत्थं प्राहुरव्ययम्।
छन्दांसि यस्य पर्णानि यस्तं वेद स वेदवित् ॥
One who knows the Ashwattha tree which is upside down, the roots of which are in the sky and branches downward, whose leaves are the Vedas, such a person is a Vedavit.
Many of you must be familiar with this shoka.
Bhagavan knows the real nature of the world.
So he is Vedavit.

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