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

Nama Article 1st February 2009

 

Meaning

 

What is the use of knowledge whose mind does not dwell on Hari,

And whose tongue speaks of everything but Hari.

He is a pitiable person who takes birth as a human

And yet fails to seek the awareness of Unity.

How could that person find rest in the name of Hari?

Unless the Guru sweeps away the sense of duality,

 

How could he who has no knowledge relish the sweetness of chanting God’s name?

Jnanadev says: Repetition of the Lord’s name is really a meditation on Him;

By chanting Hari’s name, All illusion is dissolved.

 

 

Transliteration

 

vishhNuviNe.n japa vyartha tyaache.n GYaana . raamakR^ishhNii.n mana naahii.n jyaache .. 1..

upajonii kara.nTaa neNe.n advaya vaaTaa . raamakR^ishhNii.n paiThaa kaisaa hoya .. 2..

dvaitaachii jhaaDaNii guruviNa GYaana . tyaa kai.nche.n kiirtana ghaDe naamii.n .. 3..

GYaanadeva mhaNe saguNa he.n dhyaana . naamapaaTha mauna prapa.nchaache.n .. 4..

 

Abhang

 

विष्णुविण जप व्यर्थ त्याचे ज्ञान ।

रामकृष्णी मन नाही ज्याचे ॥ १ ॥

उपजोनि करंटा नेणे अद्वैत वाटा ।

रामकृष्णी पैठा कैसेनि होय ॥ २ ॥

द्वैताची झाडणी गुरुविण ज्ञान ।

तया कैसे कीर्तन घडे नामी ॥ ३ ॥

ज्ञानदेव म्हणे सगुण हे ध्यान ।

नामपाठे मौन प्रपंचाचे ॥ ४ ॥

 

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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If one does many other things but does not chant Divine Name, then the efforts will not bear fruit; it is therefore essential to chant the Divine Name.

Nama Article 31st January 2009

 

Shri Brahma Chaitanya Maharaj Gondavalekar

 

Imagine that one goes to a railway station and describes the place he wishes to go, but cannot name the place; can he buy a ticket for the place?

 

On the other hand if one knows nothing about that place but knows only the name, then one may buy a ticket for that place.

 

Thus if one does many other things but does not chant Divine Name, then the efforts will not bear fruit; it is therefore essential to chant the Divine 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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While repeating the mantra the mind will be steady like a candle flame in a place protected from the wind.

Nama Article 29th January 2009

 

Holy Mother Sri Sri Sarada Devi


Even if the mind be not concentrated, do not give up the repetition of the mantra. Do your duty.

 

While repeating the mantra the mind will be steady like a candle flame in a place protected from the wind.

 

It is the wind alone that makes the flame flicker. In the same way, our fancies and desires make our mind rest less.

 

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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Name signifies something and it is not a mere fiction. God’s name is effective. Repetition of the name is remembrance of what it signifies. Hence its merit.

Nama Article 28th January 2009

Source: Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi

Talk 526

People give some names to God and say that the name is sacred and that repetitions of the name bestow merit on the individual. Can it be true?

Sri Ramana Maharshi:

Why not? You bear a name to which you answer. But your body was not born with that name written on it, nor did it say to anyone that it bore such and such a name. And yet a name is given to you and you answer to that name, because you have identified yourself with the name. Therefore the name signifies something and it is not a mere fiction.

Similarly, God's name is effective. Repetition of the name is remembrance of what it signifies. Hence its merit.

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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‘Grahana’ is the best time for japa, dhyãna, offerings, etc. The effect of any action – religious or spiritual or sinful, done during ‘grahana’ (eclipse) is vast.

Nama Article 27th January 2009

 

Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

The fruit of a dharma varies according to time (‘Kãla’), place (‘desa’) and person (‘vyakti’).

 

Suppose we read Srimad Bhãgavatam. It is good to read it every day. Our Shastras speak of great benefit arising out of reading Bhãgavatam. But when it is read on Krishna Jayanti the effect is far more (‘anantamãna phalan’). This is ‘kãla visesham’, the speciality of time – That is the birthday of the Lord (‘Avatãra kãlam’). Likewise Thiruppãvai can be chanted any day but if it is chanted in ‘Mãrgazhi’ the ‘phalan’ is vast. That is because it is the time of worship. It is the ‘kãla’ when Ãndãl sang Thiruppãvai. We desire meritorious acts (dharma). Charity (‘dãna’) brings good results. But when they are done at the time of ‘grahana’ (eclipse) the effect is great. ‘Grahana’ is the best time for japa, dhyãna, offerings, etc. The effect of any action – religious or spiritual or sinful, done during ‘grahana’ (eclipse) is vast.

 

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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Keep the Name of the Lord spinning in midst of all your activities. Have intense faith in God, and in His Name, know that they are not different.

Nama Article 25th January 2009

Swami Brahmananda (Direct Disciple of Sri Ramakrishna)

Japam-Japam-Japam! Even while you work practise Japam. Keep the Name of the Lord spinning in midst of all your activities. If you can do this, all the burning of the heart will be soothed.

Many sinners have become pure and free and divine by taking refuge in the Name of the God. Have intense faith in God, and in His Name, know that they are not different.

Source: 'Eternal Companion', Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai, Pg  297.

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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Japa is more important than external form. It must be done until it becomes natural. When natural it is called Realisation.

Nama Article 23rd January 2009

 

Source: Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi

Dhyana may be external or internal or both. Japa is more important than external form. It must be done until it becomes natural. It starts with effort and is continued until it proceeds of itself.

When natural it is called 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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