Idam Na Mama
Idam Na Mama
In the Sri Rudram Chamakam every word ends with “Cha Me” (grant me) it is literally asking for the fulfillment of wishes and in the Agnihotra Mantra we have “Idam Na Mama” (This is not mine) it is chanted when offering. In Sri Rudram a seeker make a polite wish to the Lord and while making an offering to the Lord in the Agnihotra Mantra the seeker says that whatever he has to offer Him is not his.
If the asking is small the offering has to be huge, even nature does the same; for instance this earth wants a small seed in the same as lines as “Cha Me” but when it is time for it to give back the yield it says “Idam Na Mama” and offers everything it has without being selfish. “Cha Me” is common factor, as everybody wants but only few give back that which is got that too in multifold.
Why should one offer with the thought of “Idam Na Mama”? Because this very thought that “this is not mine” will stop one from getting involved in the stress and strain that is engrossed in it. Here is a story which can throw light on how the feel of “Idam Na Mama” can lessen the burden on a persons mind.
There was a King who looked after his subjects very well and there was no problem what so ever in his land. As time passed trivial problem started pouring in every day and the King had to resolve them. He was getting old and felt his son was too young to find solutions to those problems. This thought was posing trouble; he was tense and lost sleep. He always thought what would happen after him. In search of a solution to this problem he went to his Kul Guru and said, “I am getting weaker day by day and am unable to rule the kingdom, my son is just a kid to take over what should I do, Gurudev.”
Kul Guru said, “If you are unable to find person who can rule the land, then I suggest you to hand over the kingdom to me, I will handle it.” King was very much pleased by his offer, he said, “By all means I am ready.”
At that very instant taking the water from the Lamandal, the King poured the water from his hand to the hands of the Kul Guru symbolizing the exchange of the power. Then King stood up to leave.
“Where are you going?” asked Kul Guru.
Kul Guru said, “If you are ready to
do any job, then come with me and work for me. I have a huge kingdom and I
cannot run it alone, I need a person who has a good experience and I find
you very suitable for the job.”
Kul Guru said, “Good, start you
work from this moment rule the kingdom on my behalf. Do not forget that
nothing is yours and you are on my payroll.”
Gleefully the King replied, “I am very happy Gurudev, I resolve the problem the whole day and have a peaceful sleep at night. Nothing is mine. I only do my duty.”
Simply consider Him as the sole proprietor by saying “Idam Na Mama” and do your work all the tension will just vanish………!
Created by Sushma Gupta on 05/09/04 | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | Modified on 10/01/13