Who is Greater – Lord Almighty or His Divine Name?

Value- Faith

Sub value- Chanting the name of the Lord

hnuman

Once, after Lord Rama returned to his kingdom from exile, a group of sages started arguing about the superiority of The Lord’s Name over The Lord Himself. Many opinions were given, yet they were not able to come to any conclusion, so they approached Sage Narada. Sage Narada requested a few days’ time to give an answer to this question.

Sage Narada thought it best to seek Lord Hanuman’s help in solving the problem. He approached Hanuman and requested Him to assist him in the task, to which Hanuman agreed.

Sage Narada told Hanuman, “Make some mischief that will enrage Lord Rama’s Guru Vishvamitra, so much that He will order Lord Rama to punish You. Then leave the rest to Me.”

Hanuman at once started working on this task. As expected, Lord Rama’s Guru became very angry at Hanuman and told Lord Rama, “Tomorrow morning You must punish Hanuman for the wrong that He has done. In front of the sages and all the townspeople, you will aim your powerful arrows at Him, so that all will witness and learn a lesson about what happens when one annoys the Guru.”

Lord Rama was surprised at His devoted servitor Hanuman’s behavior. But, He had complete obedience unto His Guru, so He accepted the Guru’s instruction and went back to His palace with a heavy heart. In the meantime, Sage Narada told Hanuman to chant Lord Rama’s Name when Lord Rama aimed the arrows at Him.

The next day dawned, and all the sages and townspeople gathered next to the river to witness the punishment that would be given to Hanuman. Lord Rama with a very heavy heart aimed at Hanuman and let go His first arrow. The arrow headed straight for Hanuman, but changed direction at the very last moment, and fell to the ground without touching Him.

Hanuman was standing with his eyes closed, deeply chanting Lord Rama’s Name. All the arrows that Lord Rama aimed at Hanuman missed Him and went in different directions.

When all arrows were over, Lord Rama looked at His Guru. Vishvamitra Guru asked Lord Rama to order the divine weapon (Brahmaastra) that would not miss its target. At that point, Sage Narada interrupted and convinced the Guru, “O great sage, You are great among the Gurus. By forgiving Hanuman, You could give the best example of a loving and compassionate Guru.” The Guru listened to Sage Narada’s advice and forgave Hanuman.

When the incident was over, Sage Narada approached all the sages gathered at the river. They had got their answer through this incident and unanimously agreed on the power of The Lord’s Name.

Learning

This story shows the power of God’s Name. It also shows Hanuman’s devotion to Lord Rama and obedience. We, too, can be protected completely as Hanuman was, by chanting (repeating) the all-powerful Name of God with devotion.

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare

Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

http://www.bhagavatam-katha.com/holy-name-story-who-is-greater-lord-almighty-or-his-divine-name/

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Bitter tasting sweet

yad bhavam

Value- Truth

Sub value- Optimism, good thought

Good story on ‘Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati’ (As one thinks so they become)

In a village there lived a good-natured person named Rama, who suffered from indigestion. He took several medicines to treat this  chronic ailment, but it was useless, he couldn’t get cured. During a festive occasion in Rama’s village, a saint came to give a discourse. This saint was a highly learned man. Rama met the saint after the discourse and told him about his ailment. The saint gave him a simple cure; he asked Rama to chew some pieces of rock salt daily. On doing so for some time, Rama’s condition improved.

guru and disciple

Rama was a generous person, who  used to distribute sweets to the poor and little children, during the festivals.  On one such occasion, he went to the market to by some sweets as was his usual practice. When he tasted the sweets to be purchased; he found them to be bitter. He thought perhaps the quality of sweet was not good in that particular shop. He went to many other sweet shops to check; but everywhere he tasted, he found the sweets to be bitter.Little did he realize that this was on account of his habit of sucking the rock salt daily.

One shopkeeper who knew Rama’s habit of sucking the salt; suggested to him to wash his mouth before eating the sweet. Rama listened to the shopkeeper’s suggestion , and after doing so he tasted the sweet; to his delight found the sweetmeat was sweet indeed.

Learning

Similarly while succumbing to our bad habits, we do not gain the sweet and sanctifying fragrance from the sacred company of the divine personalities that we come across. We can get benefit from the good company only after cleansing our minds. Thoughts are very powerful. As we think so we become and attract those kind of things to us. So let us think positive and good. Let us eliminate negativity and attract goodness, happiness and peace of mind for ourselves.

Source- Adapted from Summer Showers in Brindavan-1973 discourse by Sri Sathya Sai Baba

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