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सर्वदेवनमस्कारः केशवं प्रतिगच्छति

आकाशात्पतितं तोयं यथा गच्छति सागरम्।
सर्वदेवनमस्कारः केशवं प्रतिगच्छति॥
ākāśātpatitaṁ toyaṁ yathā gacchati sāgaram|
sarvadevanamaskāraḥ keśavaṁ pratigacchati||
"Just as all the water fallen from the sky go towards (into) the sea,
Salutations offered to all Gods go unto Keshava!"

भगवान् श्री कृष्णः अपि भगवद्गीतायाम् उक्तवान् —
येऽप्यन्यदेवता भक्ता यजन्ते श्रद्धयान्विताः।
तेऽपि मामेव कौन्तेय यजन्त्यविधिपूर्वकम्॥९-२३॥
bhagavān śrī kṛṣṇaḥ api bhagavadgītāyām uktavān —
ye'pyanyadevatā bhaktā yajante śraddhayānvitāḥ|
te'pi māmeva kaunteya yajantyavidhipūrvakam||9-23||
"Even those devotees, who, endowed with faith worship other Gods,
worship Me alone, Arjuna, though with a mistaken approach."

सतां हि दर्शनं पुण्यम्

सतां हि दर्शनं पुण्यं तीर्थभूताश्च सज्जनाः।
कालेन फलते तीर्थम् सद्यः सज्जनसङ्गतिः॥
satāṁ hi darśanaṁ puṇyaṁ tīrthabhūtāśca sajjanāḥ|
kālena phalate tīrtham sadyaḥ sajjanasaṅgatiḥ||
The sight of good people is by itself holy since they are the source of pious and sacred knowledge. While the other 'tirthas' or holy places give their effects after time (death?), acquaintance with the good and righteous pays off immediately

सङ्कीर्त्य नारायणशब्दमात्रम्

आर्ता विषण्णाः शिथिलाश्च भीताः घोरेषु च व्याधिषु वर्तमानाः।
सङ्कीर्त्य नारायणशब्दमात्रं विमुक्तदुःखाः सुखिनो भवन्तु॥
ārtā viṣaṇṇāḥ śithilāśca bhītāḥ ghoreṣu ca vyādhiṣu vartamānāḥ|
saṁkīrtya nārāyaṇaśabdamātram vimuktaduḥkhāḥ sukhino bhavantu||

This shloka again expounds the power and importance of नामसङ्कीर्तनम् (nāmasaṅkīrtanam), which is one of the most relevant and possible methods of worship in this age of Kali (कलियुगम्).

An oft-quoted example of the power of nāmasaṅkīrtanam is that of Ajamila. Read more about Ajamila in wikipedia.

भक्तिश्चेन् नवलक्षणा

श्री प्रह्लाद उवाच—
श्रवणं कीर्तनं विष्णोः स्मरणं पादसेवनम्
अर्चनं वन्दनं दास्यं सख्यमात्मनिवेदनम्।
इति पुंसार्पिता विष्णौ भक्तिश्चेन् नवलक्षणा
क्रियेत भगवत्यद्धा तन् मन्येऽधीतमुत्तमं॥
— श्रीमद्भागवतम् ७-५-२३
śrī prahlāda uvāca—
śravaṇaṁ kīrtanaṁ viṣṇoḥ smaraṇaṁ pādasevanam
arcanaṁ vandanaṁ dāsyaṁ sakhyamātmanivedanam|
iti puṁsārpitā viṣṇau bhaktiścen navalakṣaṇā
kriyeta bhagavatyaddhā tan manye’dhītamuttamaṁ||
— śrīmadbhāgavatam 7-5-23

Prahlāda Mahārāja said: Hearing and chanting about the transcendental holy name, form, qualities, paraphernalia and pastimes of Lord Viṣṇu, remembering them, serving the lotus feet of the Lord, offering the Lord respectful worship with sixteen types of paraphernalia, offering prayers to the Lord, becoming His servant, considering the Lord one’s best friend, and surrendering everything unto Him (in other words, serving Him with the body, mind and words) — these nine processes are accepted as pure devotional service. One who has dedicated his life to the service of Kṛṣṇa through these nine methods should be understood to be the most learned person, for he has acquired complete knowledge.

Courtesy: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Expressions_of_Bhakti

[Posted on 16 MAR]

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