Saptaha means 7 days. King Parikshit, on being cursed to die of snake bite in 7 days, resorted to the sage Suka for relief and enlightenment. Suka maharishi narrated the Srimad Bhagavata Purana in 7 days. At the end of it, the king attained moksha. So, it is highly meritorious and beneficial to read the Bhagavatam this way. The saptaha confers immense blessings to the reciter, the listeners and the one who arranges. All the sins are destroyed.
Guruji’s Bhagavata saptahams are one of a kind and are something to be experienced – so life-changing and elevating they are. The power of Bhagavata slokas permeates the entire atmosphere rendering it sublime and inexplicably divine. One is immersed in nectar for seven days. Many devotees who have experienced the bliss of a saptaham express reluctance to come out of it – so vibrating is the rendition!
One of the aims of Namaalayam is to open out the manifold benefits of the time-tested traditional way of devout reading(parayana) of our scriptures to one and all.
The Narayaneeyam is a work in 100 chapters (called dashakas) condensing the contents of the Bhagavata Purana. It was composed by Narayana Bhattathiri in front of the Lord Krishna of Guruvayur, in Kerala. Tradition has it that Bhattathiri was cured from his debilitating disease of rheumatoid arthritis and had a vision of the Lord upon completing this work. A devout parayana (reading) of this work is known to cure diseases and confer good health.
Pravritti – Nivritti
To live in this world, fulfilling materialistic worldly goals is pravriti-marga, roughly translated as the path of action. It involves desire, attachment and worldly entanglements, with its attending consequences of joys, pains, frustrations, conflicts and sorrows. It is restricted to external enjoyments and the fulfillment is purely temporary.
To return the mind inwards from the world and seek permanent happiness free from pain and sorrows is nivritti-marga. It involves detachment and atma-vichara (Self-enquiry). This is the ultimate purpose of human birth. All are exhorted to attain this goal vide, the Upanishadic statement – ‘Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached’.
Pravritti makes you lose sight of your true self and the purpose of life. Yet, to be without performing any action is not possible for the majority of individuals. Sri Guruji guides such persons to perform actions according to Dharma and inspires them to seek the higher truths in life while still in pravritti. An attitude of gradual balance and to be detached while yet attached is one of Sri Guruji’s teachings.