Namaskrams kunjappu,when i was very young, my summer holidays were spent in a rutputty town in malabar (50s, 60s).
electricity came only late 50s. and that too, between 5 pm - 9 pm, the lights would be dim and the fans would not turn.
this was because of the commercial usage, and the lights would brighten up and fans would give out some relief only after the shops were closed.
so the evenings were spent with my widowed grand aunt, reciting me, stories from the epics. in the background of the darkness, with roaming fox howls and owl hoots, these surreal sounds, gave me a feeling of sheer thrill based fright, which even to this day, i can recall the prospect of the horror of narasimhavadharam jumping out of the nearby thoon.
ok... with relevance to this thread.. one of the stories that has forever etched in my memory was about this blackguard. he lived a life of sin and deceit.
at the point of death, he uttered the name of siva, who was his son. but we all know Siva our Lord. he was given the benefit of the doubt, and found his way to heaven.
sir, i invoke the name of Siva, several times a day. for i do not know, when my time comes. but even though my life is but ordinary, there are enough flaws for me to be denied to those pearly gates or the proverbial 72 virgins.
the moral of this post: invoke Siva, whenever, wherever and however you are able to. (though i suspect grammatically, ending a sentence with a preposition is frowned on by those disciples of wren and martin).
same like in Srimad bhagavatha purana....the story of King Ajaamila...
story goes on....the king was non beleiver/aetheist...his wife was
pious/holy woman and devoted to Lord Narayana...once Narada
came to his palace...she was pregnant....so narad ji gave
narayana mahamantra upadesha to womb....she delivered
a boy and named narayana...........when king was bedridden
and in the time of death . he called narayana....in the name
of his beloved son..........but sriman narayana heard his name in vaikunta
and sent his messengers to protect this king...mean while
yama kingaras came to take this king...becoz he was not
good king....and non beleiver of god...there is big arguement
between narayana's messengers with yama kingaras...
finally the king got vaikunta /moksha bwcause of his son's name..
the moral of this story....keep the lord's name for the children..and
name of the lord will protect in the end...