58. Nesar
(pronunciation = 'nEsar')

By Swami Sivananda


Nesar was the native of Kampili. He was a weaver who was highly devoted to the Lord and other Siva bhaktas. His mind was well fixed on the lotus feet of the Lord. His lips always uttered the Panchakshara Mantra. His hands were ever busy in the service of Siva bhaktas. These three virtues gained the Lord's grace for Nesar.

Here is another instance of the glory of the Name of God. We have already seen the glory of the Lordís name while studying the life of Sirappuli Nayanar. Constant repetition of the mantra enables you to remember Siva always, throughout the day and even during sleep! The technique is this: as soon as you wake up in the morning, sit down for half an hour and mentally repeat the mantra. And keep up the current during your work, too, by withdrawing yourself for a few moments every hour and mentally visualizing the presence of the Lord in you and mentally repeating the mantra. If you are established in this practice, very soon you will find that even when you are talking or are engaged in other activities — nay, even during sleep, the mind goes on repeating the Mantra. You will get God-realization. In addition to this glorious Japa Yoga, Nesar Nayanar also practised the yoga of synthesis. He thought of God, lived for God, worked for God, devoted to God and loved Siva.

 

References:

Sekkilaar, and G. Vanmikanathan. Periya Puranam — A Tamil Classic On The Great Saiva Saints of South India. Ed. Dr. N. Mahalingam. Chennai: Sri Ramakrishna Math, 2000.

Sivananda, Swami. Sixty-Three Nayanar Saints. World Wide Web edition. India: Divine Life Society, 1999.

 

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