What’s in a Name?-Everything. It has the power of God Realization! A short story shared by Guruji Shrii Arnav with us today!
It so happened once that Emperor Akbar and Birbal ventured out for a walk where they chanced upon a Brahmin seeking alms. The emperor asked Birbal about what had happened to the man and why he was seeking alms. Birbal answered that he was a lost soul. Upon hearing that Emperor Akbar commanded Birbal to set things right for this man, to which he answered that the job would require about three months and in that duration, things would be set straight for the Brahmin.
That evening Birbal went over to the Brahmins house and asked him the reason for seeking alms despite being a man of knowledge. Without waiting for an answer, he set forth a proposal, “From tomorrow, start your day at four in the morning and chant Lord Ram’s name for me for two hours. I will have a gold coin sent every evening as a day’s wages.” The Brahmin was overjoyed at the great proposal and set to work the very next day. Over a couple of weeks’ time his finances became strong and he was doing well.
The wonder that happened alongside was that the chanting and its special satvik effect started to work on the Brahmins mind and he thought, “If chanting for Birbal can make me this rich, what would happen if I chanted for myself.” With this thought he started doing and additional two hours of ‘Ram Ram’ for himself. All his material problems were done away with one by one. So overwhelmed he was by now with the simple and pure magic of the good Lord’s name that he sent a message to Birbal, “I will now only chant for myself. Please do not send any more gold. The chanting of Lord’s name has awakened my higher self. I have found my true calling and I would like to spend the rest of my life in devotion to him.”
He sought his wife’s counsel in the matter saying that all material needs had been taken care of and that he was now ready for his higher calling. A good spiritually inclined woman, she agreed and the Brahmin set out for performance of his meditation and austerities in seclusion. So great was his tapas that people began coming for his darshan and seeking his blessings. His fame reached the ears of Emperor Akbar too who went along with Birbal to have the darshan of this holy saint.
Akbar spoke, “O mahatma, I am Akbar, the Emperor of India. If you ever need anything, just remember me. I will make sure that your requests are honoured fastest possible.”
The Brahmin smiled and said, “O Emperor, You do not have anything that could be required by me. But yes, if you ever need anything, please do not hesitate in asking.”
Birbal stepped in and said to the Emperor, “My Lord, This is the very Brahmin who was seeking alms on the streets three months ago. The mere chanting of Ram Ram has turned him from a beggar to a giver. He is now the wealthiest in the real sense of the word.”
Chanting of Lord’s name has a special significance, especially in Kaliyuga. It does tremendous amount of good to chant the name of your ishtadevta (your beloved god). There are no strictures regarding taking your God’s name. However, the benefits are many. It is the ultimate key to your ascension on the spiritual plane.
Thank You Guruji
Guruji Shrii Arnav-Vedic Guru is also an internationally acclaimed planetary gemmologist. An Accredited Jewelry Professional from the Gemmological Institute of America at present he is the chief mentor of http://www.astromandir.com and http://www.gemstoneuniverse.com He is also the chief Horoscope columnist of Deccan Herald– A leading Indian English daily.
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