To obtain His compassion
and gain admission into ranks of these illustrious liberated, or
join the vanguard of his trusted lieutenants, the scriptures have
enjoined on the prospective god - minded to implement certain easy
practices which not only ensure emancipation, but turn the
practicians into the Pole stars to take seat next Dhruva. They are
NINE in number and appear so simple and common-place in nature or
content, but are exceedingly potent that they can link the earth
with heaven with a single, a feeble strand serving as ladder.
Hark! that Vailkuntavasa though seems separated by a distance to be
measured by astronmical figures. HE is the antaryamin- occuyping the
heart of every human. Isn't He then so near
though seeming to be so far, far, far off .... To tying Him to a
pillar in the house of your heart, as Mother Yasoda did to
Balakrishna; only genuine, unswerving ambition free - nishkamabhakti
is needed. And it is the right means.
be obtained by nine ways. 'They are - Sravana, Kirthana, Smarana,
Padaseva, Archana, Vandana, Dasya, Sakhya and Atmanivedana. These
were practised by the celebrated bhaktas and reached the lotus feet
of the Lord. All the nine need not be taken up in their entirety at
once, or one after another, but it is enough, if any one of them is
implemented with as much tenacity as tenacity itself. If done, the
Lord dashes out to bless the practitioner running with meteoric
speed, as it were. As they are sanskrit terms embodying greater
connotation than denotation, explanation is needed. So read...
first of the nine is Sravana, means merely listening to the
ineffable splendour of the Lord, displayed during His playing the
role of Jagannataka Sutradhari- controller of the universal drama
with His creation-Nature as background and animate beings,
characters. To add to this, hearing of His divine names whose number
crosses thousands is indispensable. Listening ignites the slumbering
religious instincts and paves way for further action to be pursued.
Rapt attention and firm determination lift the practitioner.