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Re:Question on CharamaSlokam

From: bindinganavale suresh (suresh_b_n_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Fri Oct 20 2000 - 00:45:47 PDT

Dear Suresh,
            you wrote :-
Any Mantra would either have prarthana or just a
Namasmarana.
For eg. The Moola Mantra has a meaning that Nothing is
mine 
Evertything belongs to Lord Narayana. The Dwayam also
has similar 
prarthana.Gayatri mantram also has prarthana.
But as far as Charama sloka is concerned it is
actually spoken by the 
Lord Himself and it is in the form of Lord's
instruction/Aagya.So how 
can a devotee chant this as a mantra?
I request respected members to clear this doubt of
mine.

The answer follows :-

 The charma slokha on the face value is surely an
instruction by the Lord to us(who are troubled with
fears of samsara and the worry about our capacity to
over come the same)to surrender to him and act
according to his will,the consequence of which is
freedom from our sins i.e attainment of Moksha.He also
advices us to give up our worries in the thought that
we are under his protection.

The following are to be understood in the slokha,

1.The Lord Sri.Krishna or Sriman Narayana is the only
person who can end our worries about samsara and grant
us Moksha.
2. To give up our rebillious attitude(can also be
taken as an unhealthy ego) with respect to the
supremecy of Lord,that it is in our capacity to
achieve whatever we want including moksha.
3. An Act of whole hearted surrender to the Lord based
on above understanding.
4. The Lord is not only the most powerful person to
the extent of granting moksha from samsara to another
person,but also a person who truely loves us and cares
about our welfare.This can be understood from the
terms
"Ma suchaha i.e don't worry".

With the above understanding,charma shloka is
understood not only to be an instruction by the Lord
but truths or facts to be accepted and followed by us
in the same spirit with which other manthras like
ashtakshari,dwaya etc are recited and followed.

Hope this satisfies your query,More questions or Info.
about the same is welcomed.

Sri Krishnaarpanamasthu
Suresh B.N. 

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