Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
What is the easiest way out? Verily Chanting the Mahamantra!
In Gita, Bhagavaan says,
'Bahu shaakha hyananthaascha buddhayo avyavasaayinaam'
– One who has no set goal has a wavering mind. His thoughts are multifold.
While speaking on Satsang (good association – Sadhu company) we also make reference of 'dursang' (bad company) also. Whose company is to be considered bad ('dursangh')? It is not one who drinks, gambles or visits immoral women, which is usually taken to be associations to be avoided. You can find undesired company even amongst 'sadhus' itself! You may be doing japa of Rama Naama. Someone might advice you that unless you had knowledge of the Vedas, you cannot attain God. Another might say that without Sanskrit knowledge it is verily impossible to attain God. Yet another one might advice difficult yogaabhyaas like pulling in the breath through one nostril and breathing it out through the other. Some one else might advice performance of homas. Some one might question, "Do you know to sing 'abhangas'? Do you know Divya prabandam? Do you know Periapuraanam or Devaaram? You have to sing all these to attain Bhagavaan. You cannot attain Him by merely chanting a simple Rama Naama!" Poor man who had been keenly chanting Rama Naama would now feel like learning these. Each one advices what he knows. If you listen to such people and try your hands at it, you will only end up in confusion.
Do not bother about these. All those who have learnt the Vedas have not seen Bhagavaan. There are those who have not learnt the Vedas but yet seen Bhagavaan. Similarly, all those have knowledge of Sanskrit have not seen Bhagavaan. There are people who do not know Sanskrit, yet have attained Bhagavaan. Therefore, do not bother about such advices.
There is only one quality required to attain Bhagavaan and that is 'premai' (love) in one's 'hrudaya' (heart). All that we need to do for this is just chant the Mahamantra! There is no path easier than Chanting the Name for the attainment of God.