There is No Sadhana Greater than Nama

This unique piece was published in the Tamil edition of Madhura Murali monthly magazine. Let us all be inspired and driven to chant the Names of God constantly!

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my memory the innumerable patients in cancer hospitals, tormented by pain, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my memory the innumerable patients whose kidneys have failed and who suffer the pain of treatment, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind children suffering from autism and the plight of their parents, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind the scene of dead bodies lying on roads due to hit-and-run cases, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind children in orphanages and special-needs children in special institutions, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind old people being treated worse than street dogs in their own homes, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind those who chatter away the whole day like frogs croaking, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind those who, in this rare and dear human birth, get entangled in needless problems and know not how to come out of it, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind some who have slipped into a coma after meeting with an accident and remain in that state for a long period of time, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind many who, caught in the trials and tribulations of a householder’s life, struggle in their failure to come out of it, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind those who work hard to earn a morsel of food. When I think of such people, I, who in the name of a devotee remain lazy, feel a traitor. I feel guilty to eat my food. I, therefore, think that I should eat only if I chant Nama, and I take effort to chant Nama.

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind those unfortunate ones who kill themselves, and I take effort to chant Nama.

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind the dark worlds that one goes to after death, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind the fear of being born as a dog or a pig or a buffalo or an elephant in my next birth, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I think with regret about the time spent in entertainment, unnecessary matters, gossip, etc. and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I feel ashamed of the fact that despite undergoing much suffering and blows in life, I have not learned my lesson and earned dispassion, and I take effort to chant Nama

When I while away my time lazily without chanting Nama
I bring to my mind sins that I have committed openly and on the sly, and I take effort to chant Nama

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

By:
Houston Ramaswamy, Chennai, India

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