Episode # 151 – Does “Naama-Sankeertanam” directly take us to Moksha? A critical analysis of Ajamila’s story!!!

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In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of the happenings that took place at the “office” of Yama-Dharma-Raja. His “Dhootas” (Messengers) had rushed to his office and explained the case of Ajaamila and how they were not able to bring him to the Naraka Lokha, despite committing all possible sins in this world. They also explained how the Vishnu-Dhootas are trying to protect Ajaamila, just for the simple reason that Ajaamila chanted Bhagawan’s divine name just once! Hearing out the Yama-Dhootas’ narrative, Yama-Dharma-Raja himself started shaking with fear! He knew what was conspiring and understood that there’s going to be a serious threat to his position, if this “war of words” between his Dhootas and the Vishnu-Dhootas are going to continue any further than this point. Hence, Yama-Dharma-Raja decided to play the “defensive game” rather than going on a rampage! Thus, he calls his Dhootas near him and explains to them that for certain reasons, they should try and keep away from devotees of Bhagawan Vishnu, no matter what kinds of sins they had committed. If at all they happen to bump into any Vishnu devotee, all what should be done is to bow down to them, worship them, pay their respects to them and come back! Yama-Dharma-Raja clearly instructs his Dhootas that there should be no “dealings” with them apart from this! As the message was loud and clear from their boss, the Yama-Dhootas return back to Ajaamila’s place, where the Vishnu-Dhootas were waiting. The message was conveyed to them that Yama-Dharma-Raja has no objection in taking Ajaamila to Vaikunta and the green signal was given to the Vishnu-Dhootas for executing the same.

Now what do we understand from this whole Ajaamila story? In fact, we had concluded yesterday’s episode with a set of questions thus: “Oh! Whatever has been said till now for the past few episodes sound meaningless and funny! How can someone chant “Narayana” just once and still get away after committing all possible sins in this world? Doesn’t it become so easy then, to attain Moksha? Do Bhagawan’s divine names have so much of power that they themselves can single-handedly take us to Moksha?” Now let us see few important answers for these above questions:

For the question that these kinds of stories are sounding meaningless and funny, let me tell something here. If great people like Sage Sukhaachaarya or Sage Veda Vyaasa or Valmiki Maharishi explain something, there are lot of in-depth meanings in whatever narratives or stories they put forward. We should first convince ourselves that such great Maharishis are not fools afterall! This is why I always keep saying over and over again that we should not blindly get carried away only by the outward story line of any Sanaathana Dharma text. We should explore deeply into the story line and if we do so, we would be able to find a huge meaning behind each of them! This Ajaamila story is also not an exception. If we look at the outward sense of the story, it might seem to communicate a message that just by chanting “Narayana”, one can “easily” attain Moksha! But if we do an internal study on this story line, it is not the case! By just chanting one sacred name or syllable, a person cannot directly attain anything! Rather, chanting Bhagawan’s divine names “paves the way” for attaining Moksha.

Readers should be extremely careful in understanding the point here – Chanting Bhagawan’s divine names does not directly guarantee us “Moksha”, but it rather “paves the way” for us to attain Moksha. In other words, if we keep chanting Bhagawan’s names, it sets the right direction for us to reach Bhagawan. Here in Ajaamila’s case, if we look closely, we would find that by chanting Bhagawan’s name of “Narayana”, Ajaamila was gifted with the opportunity of being amidst a “Satasanga”, isn’t it? How? Ajaamila was listening to the “war of words” between the Yama-Dhotoas and the “Vishnu-Dhootas” on what is “Dharma” and what is “Adharma”! This is nothing but the finest example of a Satsanga. Both Yama-Dhootas and Vishnu-Dhootas are good and kind-hearted people and are closely associated to Bhagawan. Just because the Yama-Dhootas are taking people to the Naraka Lokha, it doesn’t mean that they are bad in nature. Taking people to the Naraka Lokha is a job that is assigned by Bhagawan to them. Just like Indra, Vaayu, Agni, and other celestial beings have their own “job profiles” assigned by Bhagawan, Yama-Dharma-Raja and his Dhootas are also “directly recruited” by Bhagawan to undertake a specific “job profile” of meting out punishments for people who do wrong actions. 😊 Hence, we should understand that the Yama-Dhootas are also part of the “Satsanga” along with the Vishnu-Dhootas. We should note here that because Ajaamila had chanted Bhagawan’s name, he had got the opportunity to be part of the “Satsanga” between the two camps.

Now because of this association with a great Satsanga, Ajaamila eventually realized his mistakes too – At the end of the “war of words” between the two camps, Ajaamila was moved to tears! He quickly realized that he had been given a great opportunity by Bhagawan, for just chanting one divine name of His! He repents to both the camps thus: “Oh Vishnu-Dhootas and Yama-Dhootas! Thank you for giving me a wonderful opportunity to be a part of your great discussion! In fact, I feel extremely blessed because this whole discussion arose out of my case! Just for the sake of me chanting one name of Bhagawan, He was extremely kind enough to send His Dhootas to bring me to Vaikunta! What a blessing! Had I been this way all through my life, chanting Bhagawan’s divine names regularly, what all good things might have come to me? I feel that I’ve missed out on a great opportunity, but at the same time I’m thankful to Bhagawan that He had been so compassionate on me!”

We can see here that there were two purposes that got served for Ajaamila –

Purpose 1: He got an opportunity to be part of a great Satsanga.

Purpose 2: Because of the association with the Satsanga, Ajaamila was able to realize his past mistakes.

Thus we can see here that Ajaamila attained Moksha only because these two purposes were fulfilled. That is, he was part of a Satsanga and with that, he realized his mistakes. It was only because of these two, he was able to attain Moksha. It was not merely after he chanted the divine name of “Narayana”.

Thus readers should understand the important answer here – By merely chanting Bhagawan’s names, one cannot attain Moksha. It is definitely not that easy as we thought it would be. However, chanting Bhagawan’s names pave the way for us to be part of a “Satsanga” or “Saadhu-Samaagama” (Association with good and spiritually-oriented people) and through this, we are able to realize our mistakes. It is only with these two aspects that we attain Moksha! So for today, let us understand this point very clearly and let us wait till the next episode to move on further! Stay tuned! 😊



Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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