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Papa had advised me also the same thing – to give up all ritualistic observances and stick to Ram Nam and Ram Nam alone to attain the Eternal.

Nama Article 4th September 2013
 

SOURCE: THE VISION – MOTHER KRISHNABAI

 

In the early days of the Ashram, a devotee approached Papa and asked if he should continue with his annual Ganapathi Puja at Chathurthi time, which he had been doing for many years. Papa strongly advised him to put an end to all these rituals though they might have helped him in the beginning. Papa had advised me also the same thing – to give up all ritualistic observances and stick to Ram Nam and Ram Nam alone to attain the Eternal.

 

Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

Though a great marga, in today's world, it is just impossible to follow the Karma marga as prescribed in our Vedas

 

In short, it should be perfectly relevant in the current day context, and absolutely practical; and yet yield us to the same goal.

 

Rituals are only steps

 

Says Kabeer, why do you perform so many rituals?

 

Lord is not pleased as easily with the diverse practices of yoga, yajna (rituals) and austerities as he is with the recitation of the Divine Names by the devotees.

 

Sri Swamiji says "It is common for anyone in this Yuga. I can assure you that the Divine Name alone can make you attain God

 

The one who calls all the people in this Kali Yuga and gives the ‘upadesa’, “Utter the Name of the Lord. You can attain God!” Only such a one is a Sadguru.

 

Only the chanting of the Divine Names eradicates the evils of this Kali Yuga. There is no other effective way available to overcome the evil propensities of this Kaliyuga

 

Would it not amount to grave injustice if one shows a difficult path to the world ?

 

How can we attain spiritual powers?

 

Kali Santarana Upanishad comes to our rescue, stating which specific Nama has to be chanted for liberation, in this Age (Kali Yuga).

 

Having compassion of the Lord as the foundation, the one which has no rules, the one which can eradicate the force of Kali, Namakirtanam is the only resort. I think again and again about this with in Myself

 

We have little capacity to meditate, perform rituals and puja. But we are capable of chanting the names of the Lord – Krishna, Rama, and so on.

 

We don’t have the capability to perform either Dhyana, Ritual rites and Pooja. We are capable only to Chant the Divine names of “Krishna, Rama”. Its true that Divine names alone would protect us.

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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Constant repetition of Ram Nam will still the waves of the mind, and thoughts, as they come, will dissolve by themselves.

Nama Article 3rd August 2013
Swami Papa Ramdas
Constant repetition of Ram Nam will still the waves of the mind, and thoughts, as they come, will dissolve by themselves. Finally, you will attain a state of consciousness which is unchanging and eternal. The Name stands for Atman. To be in tune with the Name is to merge in the Atmic consciousness. In the ultimate realisation, the mind ceases to exist, all thoughts disappear and you are filled with divine bliss and peace. This is the goal.

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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Meditation is an attitude of mind

Nama Article 14th July 2013
 

Swami Papa Ramdas

 

Meditation is an attitude of mind. If we cultivate the right attitude, then the mind will not wander, but will only remember God within. For remembrance, mental repetition of the Name is essential. Continued remembrance leads to self-surrender or elimination of the ego-sense. Those who sit for so-called meditation, without remembering Him, are playing with the mind, and the mind in its turn makes them tools, and distraction is the result. It is not that the body alone should be still, but also the mind.

 

Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

Namakirtan is Mediation

 

What is real meditation?

 

If you develop love it is meditation. If you chant you shall develop love. So chanting is nothing but meditation.

 

‘Similarly, my friend,’ the master says, ‘you can sit like that forever, but you’ll never be meditating or understanding truth.’

 

Chanting continuously in the mind, without a gap of even a microsecond – that is meditation

 

‘Rama! Rama! Rama!’ – saying this within the mind constantly is also dhyana

 

Repetition of the Lord’s name is really a meditation on Him

 

How Meditation is made simpler and enjoyable?

 

By repeatedly reading about Mahatmas one gets motivated to do Japa, Meditation

 

Thus shielded by the Omnipotent Name, he remains safe and his meditation proceeds unhampered

 

When japa is the predominating tendency, vocal japa becomes eventually mental. Meditation is your true nature now. You call it meditation, because there are other thoughts distracting you

 

Chanting (japa) will lead to dhyana (meditation) and it is the means for realising the Self.

 

The utterance and then remembrance and later meditation are the successive stages finally ending in involuntary and eternal japa

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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The Divine Name is a powerful antidote for the restless nature of mind

Nama Article 6th July 2013
 

Swami Papa Ramdas

 

Namasankirtan or Namadhun yields pure happiness. It raises you immediately above your body-idea. The Divine Name is a powerful antidote for the restless nature of mind.

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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For the devotee, the Lord becomes the one great object of ceaseless remembrance, which is attained by an unbroken repetition of His sweet and all-powerful Name and bringing at the same time into the mind His sublime glories and attributes

Nama Article 3rd June 2013
 

Swami Papa Ramdas

 

Devotion as rightly divided is of two kinds – the lower and the higher. In the lower  form of devotion, the devotee looks for guidance and concentration from outside, and primarily attaches himself to the society of saints who have realised fully the greatness and glory of the Lord. To keep himself pure in thought, word and deed, he controls all the forces that are working in his psychical and physical being, and adjusts the conduct of his life so as to free himself from all desires of his mind. Mainly, he will have recourse to three kinds of Sadhana, viz. Satsang, solitude and Sattwic diet. How does the devotee now try to tune his mind in a continuous symphony with the Lord? It must be admitted that every remembrance signifies bringing into the mind the name and qualities of the person or object remembered. A prolonged remembrance means a sustained fixity of the thought on the name and attributes of the person or object. For the devotee, the Lord becomes the one great object of ceaseless remembrance, which is attained by an unbroken repetition of His sweet and all-powerful Name and bringing at the same time into the mind His sublime glories and attributes.

 

As the devotee advances in this spiritual path, he transcends the Tamo and Rajo Gunas of nature and gets firmly seated in Sattwa Guna. Sattwa Guna denotes a consciousness above the animality of human nature, filled with calmness, equality, light and purity. It must be understood that this Sattwic consciousness is a step to a still higher consciousness. The lower form of Bhakti leads the devotee to this most necessary step.

 

Now commences the higher aspect of devotion. Sattwa Guna entitles the devotee to the Grace of the Lord or a saint, and through this grace he is lifted beyond all Gunas and comes, so to say, face to face with the immortal and all-blissful Atman whom he realises as his real being and existence. This is called Jnana or Moksha. The knowledge of the Atman liberates the bound soul from the vicious cycle of births and deaths and grants him unchanging and eternal bliss and peace. It is then the higher Bhakti which is termed Parabhakti dawns on him. This is the summit of God-realisation. With Jnana as the background, the devotee beholds the entire manifested universe as the supreme image of his beloved Lord. All creatures, beings and things in the universe are looked upon by him as the very forms of his Lord. He feels and sees the Lord’s presence everywhere. His sense of duality has completely vanished. Oneness of life, oneness of all existence becomes now the keynote of his vision. Not only in the inner realisation of the Atman that the sense of diversity has disappeared but also in the external revelations of the natural phenomena. In this supreme state the devotee enjoys unending and inexpressible bliss. There is no limit to his ecstasies born of his consciousness of unity and oneness with the Lord. He veritably rolls, swims and gambols in the infinite ocean of joy. Blessed, a million times blessed, is the devotee who reaches this highest peak of God-realisation.

 

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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Japam purifies the mind, and enables the aspirant to attain the knowledge of Truth

Nama Article 30th April 2013

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To be free from these evils, the best method is to remember God constantly and chant His Name.

Nama Article 1st April 2013
 

Swami Papa Ramdas

 

Purity is the bedrock of spirituality. If you are not free from the six evils of Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada and Matsarya, you will not get God vision.

 

To be free from these evils, the best method is to remember God constantly and chant His Name.

 

By such ceaseless remembrance, all the Vasanas of the mind which bind you to the world, causing misery, are gradually destroyed and the once restless mind is made calm. Then it is able to stay longer and longer in God with one-pointed devotion for Him.

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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Ram Nam removes all the Vasanas and makes everything void in us while reading (spiritual literature) lends us strength and power to carry on with our Sadhana till we have developed that childlike nature.

Nama Article 23rd March 2013

 

Mother Krishnabai

 

We should develop a childlike nature. We should become innocent and pure like children. Ram Nam removes all the Vasanas and makes everything void in us while reading (spiritual literature) lends us strength and power to carry on with our Sadhana till we have developed that childlike nature.

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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How simple it is, yet how difficult for many whose love for the Beloved is not as intense as their attachment to the perishable baubles of the world!

Nama Article 24th February 2013

 

Swami Papa Ramdas

 

Call on the Lord – the Beloved. Have you found anything sweeter than His Name, more charming   than the sound of His Name? If you have real love for the Lord you will reply: “Certainly, I have not.” Then there is no need for anybody to tell you that you should sing on His Name and be inebriated with the Divine ecstasy associated with it. You will find your life has changed into a song of eternity. Who could adequately describe in words the wonderful glory of the Beloved’s Name? He who has tasted alone knows what it is like. O! taste it and let the Name illumine your heart and intellect and fill you with floods of joy. Sing on His Name with all love and devotion and embrace the Beloved in the recesses of your heart. What blessedness then is yours!

 

Can you now hold such a precious possession in comparison with all the riches of the world? Name, fame and wealth in this evanescent world are as nothing to you when your heart has once drunk the nectar of the Beloved’s Name. Therefore, sing on His Name with onepointed devotion. The Beloved awaits you; you have only to take His Name and He runs to you. How simple it is, yet how difficult for many whose love for the Beloved is not as intense as their attachment to the perishable baubles of the world!

 

Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

Mechanical chanting is the only starting point we can attempt. It matures to love by grace.

 

Mechanical chanting is the starting phase. It will soon graduate to mental chanting and soon this mental one-pointed chanting will lead to the source of the chant, which is the truth.

 

The ultimate result of singing God's names is unconditional love towards one and all. Chanting the Divine names is both the means and the end.

 

The same scriptures also state that one should follow the words of the Guru without any doubts or questions and act accordingly.

 

Is chanting while doing work considered as meaningful chanting ?

 

Don’t stop chanting for any reason. The rest of the things will be taken care of automatically.

 

It is not the count or time that matters. It is the intensity that matters.

 

Complete surrender is another name for jnana or liberation

 

The easiest way to surrender is to chant the Mahamantra. Continuously chant the Mahamantra

 

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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Now I am blest with bliss eternal in Thy Name.

Nama Article 2nd February 2013

 

Swami Papa Ramdas

 

I plunged into the depthless sea of life

And came by the rarest gem – Thy Name.

I quaffed at all the founts of nectar

Till I tasted the sweetness of Thy Name.

I gazed at the stars, the sun and the moon;

None, I found, had the brilliance of Thy Name.

My ears drank the varied strains of music,

Verily, none so entrancing

As the rhythm of Thy Name.

I sought refuge in this and that,

But met perfect shelter only in Thy Name.

For delight I strove in things great and small,

Now I am blest with bliss eternal in Thy Name.

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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