Archive for June, 2009
Nama Article 30th June 2009
Source: Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi
DEVOTEE: Lord, how can the grip of the ego be slackened?
Bhagawan Ramana Maharishi : By not adding new vasanas to it.
DEVOTEE: Any amount of japa has not slackened the grip!
Bhagawan Ramana Maharishi : How so! It will duly slacken and vanish.
Constant repetition of God’s Name will free the mind from all its dynamics and make it perfectly still and serene
Nama Article 29th June 2009
Swami Papa Ramdas:
Ramdas for one found the repetition of God’s Name the most efficacious means for stilling the mind. In the stillness of the mind, you realize that you are not the body but the omnipotent, omniscient, all pervading Spirit.
Constant repetition of God’s Name will free the mind from all its dynamics and make it perfectly still and serene. In that serenity you realize that you are the Atman.
Sri Ramakrishna has said that a pure and still mind itself is Atman. Mind, when it is still, is not mind, everybody as the expression of Divinity seated in his own heart.
Nama Article 28th June 2009
Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji:
If an oil lamp is lighted, the flame always goes upward. Similarly, water always flows downward. A small child has a fascination for sports, music and fun. This is a natural phenomenon, which, in other words, can be put as the will of Lord Sri Krishna.
Thus, the vision of all creatures, right from a small worm to a mammoth elephant, is outbound.
Since we have taken innumerable number of births earlier, and in all those births, our vision was outbound, it is very difficult for us to turn our vision inward in this birth.
The true purpose of existence can be understood only if one attains a Guru, who, not only knows the true purpose of existence, but has also experienced it.
Chanting the Divine Name is the easiest and surest path for liberation.
The mind does not obey me; very well, I shall not obey the mind either; I shall continue to repeat the Lord’s Name.
Nama Article 26th June 2009
You say that the mind will not concentrate on the Name. What do you gain by feeling upset when your mind wanders here and there?
Rather reflect in this manner: “The mind does not obey me; very well, I shall not obey the mind either; I shall continue to repeat the Lord’s Name.”
Have you ever watched children flying kites? How ever high the kites rise up freely, yet they are limited by the length of the string to which they are tied.
The kite can be compared to the mind and the sense objects to the air.
Nama Article 24th June 2009
Do not enter into the question of cleanliness when taking the Name, which is ever holy;
And all uncleanliness flees at a distance from him who takes His Name.
Through the Guru’s Teachings, the Naam is my breath of life. The Kirtan of the Lord’s Praise is my life’s occupation.
Nama Article 23rd June 2009
Sri Guru Granth Sahib
I am a mere insect, a worm. O True Guru, I seek Your Sanctuary. Please be merciful, and bless me with the Light of the Naam, the Name of the Lord.
O my Best Friend, O Divine Guru, please enlighten me with the Name of the Lord.
Through the Guru's Teachings, the Naam is my breath of life. The Kirtan of the Lord's Praise is my life's occupation.
हम कीरे किरम सतिगुर सरणाई करि दइआ नामु परगासि
मेरे मीत गुरदेव मो कउ राम नामु परगासि
गुरमति नामु मेरा प्रान सखाई हरि कीरति हमरी रहरासि
All these forms of worship are rendered futile unless accompanied by the ‘sound’ aspect in the form of Mantras. If we were to worship the Supreme Brahman in the form of sound chanting the Divine Names of Lord alone is enough.
Nama Article 22nd June 2009
Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Power of Sound
In our scriptures, it is said that during the process of creation from the Supreme Brahman, the space (‘Akasha’) came first and sound is the property of the ‘Akasha’. From that came air, and from air came fire, from fire came water and from water, earth.
Sound is an abstraction that is closest to the Supreme Brahman.
We employ different means to worship the Supreme Brahman. We worship It as a deity – a form of earth, in the form of water (in a Kalash), in the form of fire (during havans), in the form of air (through Pranayama etc.) and in the form of sound (through the chanting of the Vedas, and chanting of the Divine Names).
However, in order to render an idol fit for worship, Mantras (the form of sound) have to be chanted. In order to worship the Lord in a ‘kalash’ (vessel of water), Mantras have to be chanted to install the Lord in the water. In order to worship the Lord as the form of fire through ‘Havan’, Mantras have to be chanted to install the Lord in ‘Agni’. In order to worship the Lord through ‘Pranayama’, one has to contemplate on and chant the Pranava Mantra.
So all these forms of worship are rendered futile unless accompanied by the ‘sound’ aspect in the form of Mantras.
However, if we were to worship the Supreme Brahman in the form of sound, mere chanting of the Vedas or chanting the Divine Name of Lord alone is enough. It does not expect any other accessory to make it complete.
That is the greatness of worship by chanting the Divine Names.