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Exemplar of devotion

CHENNAI, MARCH 11 . Saints have exemplified in their lives that it is possible to realise God in this age by adopting the easy method of chanting the Divine name and that it is not necessary to renounce worldly life to achieve this end. The Bhaktavijyam of Mahipati portrays the lives of saints like Jnaneshwar, Tukaram, Namdev and Eknath who were devoted to Panduranga. It is documented that the Lord Himself approved of their devotional hymns known as Abhang (Kirtan). In simple, colloquial language, yet rich in import, each composition is a testament to their abiding faith in and devotion to God.

Though Jnaneshwar's worldly sojourn was brief, he left works, the Jnaneshwari and the Haripath (Abhangs), of lasting value. He has outlined very clearly as to how man should live in this world, the goal he should strive for and how to realise this end. The path to Godhead trodden by these saints is a highway that can be traversed by one and all. They have shown that there is no need to bemoan that this Kali age is not conducive to spiritual life for the Divine name is enough to enable anyone to attain liberation from worldly bondage.

In his Harikatha, Sri Thukaram Ganapathi said the Abhangs were the spontaneous outpourings of the mystical experience of these saints and they had conveyed profound truths in a simple fashion in them. Tukaram in one of his songs underscores, on the lines of Pattinathar, the uncertainty of human life. No one knows how long one will live; so it is all the more important that one should do whatever possible to progress spiritually without postponing it as the common tendency is to relegate this pursuit to the evening of life. Even if one is blessed with a long life there is no certainty whether one will be healthy enough to concentrate on devotional activities in old age.

The sure way to stay anchored to the spiritual goal is to cultivate the company of saints and devotees. Namdev in a song expresses his obeisance to the devotee who desires such holy company as it is recounted in spiritual tradition that God is invariably present where His devotees congregate and sing His glory. Driven to desperation by dire poverty, when his wife asked him to at least pray to God to provide them with food, Tukaram went and stood before Panduranga and instead beseeched Him, "Grant that my heart should overflow with devotion to You and tears well up in my eyes."

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