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Antidote to man's sins

CHENNAI, JUNE 15 . No one born in this world is free from sins as birth in the world itself is the result of Karma accrued from previous lives. It becomes incumbent on a spiritual aspirant then to refrain from transgressing Dharma and also to atone for his misdeeds committed knowingly or unknowingly. The scriptural texts (Dharmasastra) give elaborate guidelines for expiation of various types of sins. While it is possible to make amends for one's misdeeds, what happens to the propensity to commit the same again and again? King Pareekshit raised this doubt to Sage Suka while listening to the exposition of the Bhagavata Purana from him. This is relevant to the entire humanity as one can see for oneself that it is difficult to overcome inborn tendencies (Vasana) acquired over several lives.

In his discourse, Sri C.L.Ramakrishnan said the sage expounded the life of Ajamila to substantiate that devotional acts like chanting the Divine name not only nullified sins but also rooted out the inclination to perpetrate the same mistake again. Further the sage told the king, "They who have but once in their life fixed their mind on the lotus feet of Lord Krishna never behold even in a dream Yama, the god of retribution and his servants, since they have actually done all atonement." Uddhava and Akrura also have testified to the efficacy of devotion. When Akrura reached Brindavan he climbed down from his chariot and rolled on the ground to partake the dust of the feet of Lord Krishna and His devotees, the Gopis. Uddhava after witnessing the Gopis' overwhelming love and devotion towards Krishna exclaimed that they alone had realised the end of being born in this world.

Ajamila had led a licentious life contravening Dharma and during his last moments when Yama's servants stood before him, noose in hand, he called out to his infant son Narayana out of attachment. Even though he uttered the Divine name unintentionally, the Lord's messengers rushed to his side and stopped Yama's servants from claiming his soul declaring, "This man has actually done atonement even for sins committed through millions of lives in that he uttered, though in a helpless state, the name of Sri Hari which apart from its being the highest atonement for past sins, is a direct means to the attainment of final beatitude." Just as fire burns up anything, which comes into contact with it, so also does the Divine name without fail emancipates anyone who utters it even if unconsciously.

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