Nama Article 6th August 2012
Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to say, “The just born calf tries to stand up. It succeeds but falls down immediately. But, it tries all over again and stands up. Again it falls down. But, it does not give up its efforts to stand. Finally, after several attempts it succeeds in standing and does not fall down.”
Similarly, we make resolutions to do japa or dhyana many times but fail to keep it up. But, repeated resolutions and effort towards it will finally help us in doing it steadily. Do not give it up with the negative attitude, “Resolutions are not for me!” Do not be diffident. When you sit for japa or dhyana do not begin it with the thought, “I have begun japa-dhyana only now. When will I be able to steady it and attain the goal?” All Mahans had begun in the same manner as you have, now. Those who are Jivan Muktas today began only in this manner. (Every journey starts with a single step.)
Well! What would you do if you give this up? You will be born again and again until the day you do japa and dhyana properly. There is no end to this. You will take repeated births till you attain Moksha. Since it has to be attained some day why not begin it today?
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
When he continues to chant, with patience and perseverance, eventually his devotion becomes strong enough that the ills of the world don’t affect him any more.
The only remedy is to put in more and more dedicated and sincere efforts. So continue chanting with strong faith.
When we are idle, mind starts to play its game. If we do not want the mind to go astray, one should chant the Mahamantra kirtan incessantly. This is the easiest path.
To protect one from five senses one need to keep a vigilant watchman or a ferocious dog and that is nothing but the divine names of the Lord.
The Mahamaya (greatest illusion), the mind, can be brought under control slowly and steadily by Namakirtan alone.
Drench your senses in the enchanting form of Krishna, His stories, His glory and His Divine Name. The mind is effortlessly controlled!
The name of God is more powerful than the senses. It will become all right in time if you practise regularly.
If we think of God and pray to Him for His guidance and His grace, we shall derive strength to battle against these temptations and conquer our weaknesses
“It is all right even if you do not hold your senses under control. Keep doing Năma Sankirtan. The ‘indriyăs’ (senses) will automatically come under control!”
The method, by adopting which he can safely progress on the divine path, is to surrender himself entirely to the all-powerful God within him by constantly thinking of Him and His attributes
Obstacles can be removed by by congregational hearing and chanting of Divine names and by following the footsteps of the great Masters