Nama Article 5th April 2012
Question: Is it better to repeat it aloud or silently?
Swami Papa Ramdas
Each way has its own benefit. Mental or silent repetition of the Name is considered to be better than verbal repetition. When you mentally repeat, your mind is fixed in the Name, whereas mere oral repetition does not effectively stop the wandering mind. But, if your mind is harmonised with the sound of the Name, oral repetition is better. Ramdas repeated the Name aloud and the sound used to arrest his mind and keep it fixed on God, bringing about union with Him. The oral repetition changed into mental repetition, for the mind took up the refrain until at last it became still. The repeater, repetition and the repeated became one. Thereafter, the repetition ceased just as in a journey, when you reach the destination, there is no more need for you to walk farther on. Ramdas can tell you in all truth and sincerity that there is no Sadhana easier than the repetition of the Name. It can take you to the highest spiritual eminence by giving you the allcomprehensive knowledge of God. Sri Ramakrishna had gone through various Sadhanas for twelve years. Ultimately, whenever anybody went to him for spiritual advice, he would ask them to take only the Name of God. This is the essence of all Sadhanas.
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