Archive for November, 2009

When the mind is thus perfectly still through the power of the Name, you attain to a state of self awareness or witness consciousness

 

Swami Papa Ramdas

 

When you chant the Beloved's Name, your mind gets enchanted by its sweet music and will take up the refrain. The mind is now inebriated with a strange and rare joy. Whenever it wanders, by the repeated infusion of this joy, it becomes immediately steady and placid.

 

It is the waves of lower desires arising in it that cause the disturbance. When the mind is thus perfectly still through the power of the Name, you attain to a state of self awareness or witness consciousness.

 

In a subtle way, you are made to transcend the relative nature of your life, with which you had identified yourself through ignorance, and come to realize that you are one with a vast, illimitable and eternal Truth or Life.

 

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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Mahatma Gandhi won over British rule by the sheer power of Rama Nama and by virtue of truthfulness sans any weapon and got us independence

 

Source: http://www.namadwaar.org/diary/?action=entry&id=1208963645

 

Ram Nam and Truthfulness

 

At such a time when even the mighty rulers of the princely states of India bowed down to the British rule, Mahatma Gandhi won over them by the sheer power of Rama Nama and by virtue of truthfulness sans any weapon and got us independence.

 

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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It is no exaggeration to say that prayers alone are real, all else is unreal.

 

Mahathma Gandhi

 

Supplication, worship, prayer are no superstition; they are acts more real than the acts of eating, drinking, sitting or walking. It is no exaggeration to say that they alone are real, all else is unreal.

 

Such worship or prayer is no flight of eloquence; it is no lip-homage. It springs from the heart. If, therefore, we achieve that purity of the heart when it is 'emptied of all but love', if we keep all the chords in proper tune, they 'trembling pass in music out of sight'.

 

Prayer needs no speech. It is in itself independent of any sensuous effort. I have not the slightest doubt that prayer is an unfailing means of cleansing the heart of passions. But it must be combined with the utmost humility.

 

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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Nama is definitely more significant than ‘Rupa’

 

It is said that the true form of God is unimaginable and for this reason, a few great spiritual masters (like Kabir, Guru Nanak, Shankaradeva etc.) worshipped Nama alone. Is ‘Nama’ more significant than ‘Rupa’ (form)?

 

Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji:

 

Yes, Nama is definitely more significant than ‘Rupa’.

 

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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Even if a man of very condemnable character worships Me with one-pointed devotion, he is to be considered verily good

 

अपि चेत्सुदुराचारो भजते मामनन्यभाक्।

साधुरेव स मन्तव्यः सम्यग्व्यवसितो हि सः

 

(Srimad Bhagavad Gita – 9:30)

 

Even if a man of very condemnable character worships Me with one-pointed devotion, with his mind not given to anybody else, he is to be considered verily good, as well behaved, for he has resolved rightly, has virtuous intentions.

 

English Commentary – Swami Sivananda

 

Even if the most sinful worships Him with undivided heart, he too must indeed be deemed righteous for he has made the holy resolution to give up the evil ways of his life. Rogue Ratnakar became Valmiki by his holy resolution. Jagai and Madhai also became righteous devotees. Mary Magdalene a woman of ill-fame, became a pious woman. Sin vanishes when thoughts of God arise in the mind. Chandrayana and Kricchra Vratas (atonements) will remove only certain particular sins but the remembrance of the Lord, thoughts of the Supreme Being, Japa and meditation, and Abheda Brahma Chintana will destroy the sins committed by a person even in hundred crores of Kalpas or ages.

 

By abandoning the evil ways in his external life and by the force of his internal right resolution, he becomes righteous and attains eternal peace.

 

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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Drench your senses in the enchanting form of Krishna, His stories, His glory and His Divine Name. The mind is effortlessly controlled!

 

Source: http://www.namadwaar.org/diary/?action=entry&id=1219023102

 

Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji on Mind control  

 

Human mind is never still.  Like the flowing water it moves steadily and endlessly from one thought to another.

 

The mouth likes to talk, the tongue craves to taste, the eyes long to see, the legs desire to move.  Every sense organ looks outward to seek pleasure.

 

How is mind control achieved? 

 

The water can be controlled by arresting its flow. But this lasts only until the water is forceful enough to gush out.

 

Like wise, the mind flows through the sense organs.  By shutting the doors of these sense organs, the mind can be brought under control, but only momentarily.

 

Is there an easier way?

 

Let the powerful rays of the sun shine on the water.  Drench your senses in the enchanting form of Krishna, His stories, His glory and His Divine Name.

 

The mind is effortlessly controlled!

 

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 practice of keeping watch over the mind is a most pleasant one. This can be made easily possible when the mind is tuned to the melody of the Divine Name.

Nama Article 20th November 2009

 

Swami Papa Ramdas

 

Man's fall from the height of his spiritual glory is due to his being involved in the external, changing and unstable life. Detachment or standing apart from it is the first thing necessary to be freed from the illusion sprung from it.

 

The practice of keeping watch over the mind is a most pleasant one. This can be made easily possible when the mind is tuned to the melody of the Divine Name.

 

It is then not merely a negative inner detachment but a positive experience of supreme bliss and peace. All the latent powers of the Divine are at this stage revealed and you become an all round, manifestation of the Divine. You realize that the witness and the witnessed are one, you and God are one. The screen that separated you from Him, has dissolved, and you look upon all things with an eye of unity because you behold everywhere the forms of your one Eternal Beloved.

 

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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