Hinduism has provided an aspirant, who is eager to get rid of worldly bondage, with an exhaustive list of spiritual exercises. The include nine methods of cultivating devotion and eight types of worship. They will enable a sincere person to movie with saintly characters, keep the mind pure retain the vision of God within and treat every being as God’s creation.
The highest priority among the nine modes of ‘Bhakthi’ has been assigned to listing to the expositions of scriptural literature which reveal the incomparable and remarkable traits of God, particularly his compassion to the weak.
The best example of a beneficiary of divine grace was that of king who, mistaking the silence of saint (who was in a state of trance following deep meditation) as an insult, threw the skin of a deed snake around his neck. For his act of indiscretion, he suffered a curse but he got released from the shackles which tied him to worldly activities through “Sravanam”. He was the grandson of the Pandavas who fought a righteous war, with the help of lord Krishna and demonstrated that those who uphold the law of virtue will never fail.
The Mahabharatha has a wide-ranging interest- literary, sociological, political, spiritual and ethical. Lord Krishna acted as the mentor of the Pandavas, who symbolised “Righteousness”. The trial they faced could have made anyone else, placed under similar circumstances,totally collapse but they pinned their faith in God’s dispensation and emerged victorious. To study how they were saved will give us mortals moral strength,Sri S. Jayarama Sarma, explained in a discourse. Four out of the eight religious recipes for studying the mind are mentioned in this Epic.
The eight relate to tasting and taking on Religious values: a dip in the holy Ganga, chanting the Gayatri mantra, reciting atleast a chapter from the Gita, worship of an image, offering it. Tulasi petals, sandalwood paste and other tributes, observing fast twice in a month (Ekadashi), dedicating what we eat at the feet of the lord and repeating the 1008 names of God (sahasranama).
The tale of Ganga and her son Bhishma, the significance of Gayathri through the savithri episode, the song-celestial (Gita) and the praise of Vishnu through the garland of hymns containing His glorious attributes, from part of the Mahabharatha. It is a narration of God’s support to noble causes.