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NAMA DEVA

Enlightenment Put To Test

One day Panduranga asked Namadeva, "Are you always aware of the fact that this entire world is filled with me?"

"I look upon all life in the same light," answered Namadeva.

We have already seen how when a dog snatched the bread from his hand and ran away, Namadeva pursued the dog with a view to feeding it with gee too.

Namadeva told that this attitude of his was due to the teaching of his Sadguru Visoba.

It was Ekadashi (the eleventh day) of the month of Kartik. Namadeva was fasting that day. An old Brahmin came to him begging for food.

"Today, you know, is Ekadashi, the day of fasting. I should not treat you to any regular meal. I can get you some fruit if you want," said Namadeva.

"If I don't get a meal, I will die of starvation. The sin of killing a Brahmin will be on you."

"I know nothing about sin or meri good deed," said Namadeva.

"You don't seem to have the slightest mercy. Yet you show off your philosophical knowledge in empty words. Do you allow this old man to die of starvation?" demanded the Brahmin.

"If you die today for want of food, let me face the same fate," declared Namadeva.

But then the eyes of the Brahmin started rolling up. The very next moment he was dead.

Namadeva without a second thought carried the corpse to the bank of river Bheema. He prepared a pyre to burn the body and laying himself on the pyre beside the Brahmin’s body, he set fire to the piles of wood. His wife also was making ready to follow her husband. At this juncture Panduranga showed himself in his glorious divine form with four hands, saved all of them and showered his blessings on them.

Namadeva went and lived in the northern country when all the contemporary saints departed from this world. Just as he had written many Abhangs (abhangs means a song composed and sung by the saints in Maharashtra in praise of God's glory) in Marathi, he wrote Abhangs in Hindi also. To love God with all their heart, to lead a pious life surrendering everything to him with steadfast devotion is the way of devotees. it is called the cult of Bhakti. Through- ages South India had built up a tradition of Bhakti. After Namadeva went and settled in North India, a similar tradition was set up there also.

This great saint passed away in 1350 A. D. He was then eighty years of age. His whole life was dedicated to Vitthala. He was a divine light guiding many a pilgrim on the path of devotion.

There are two kinds of Abhangs in Namadeva's compositions: those, which express the yearing of the devotee for the vision of God, and those, which express the bliss of fulfillment after God realization. The total number of all his compositions is said to be 2,375.

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Namadeva - One of the country's best known saint poets
About Namadeva
Introduction
Son Of Pious Parents
A Born Devotee
The Unseen Hand Of God
With Jnanadeva
The Second Kailash
The Unbaked Pot
You are Here! Enlightenment Put To Test
The Content And Manner of Preaching
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