SOURCE: THE VISION – MOTHER KRISHNABAI
In the early days of the Ashram, a devotee approached Papa and asked if he should continue with his annual Ganapathi Puja at Chathurthi time, which he had been doing for many years. Papa strongly advised him to put an end to all these rituals though they might have helped him in the beginning. Papa had advised me also the same thing – to give up all ritualistic observances and stick to Ram Nam and Ram Nam alone to attain the Eternal.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
Though a great marga, in today's world, it is just impossible to follow the Karma marga as prescribed in our Vedas
In short, it should be perfectly relevant in the current day context, and absolutely practical; and yet yield us to the same goal.
Rituals are only steps
Says Kabeer, why do you perform so many rituals?
Lord is not pleased as easily with the diverse practices of yoga, yajna (rituals) and austerities as he is with the recitation of the Divine Names by the devotees.
Sri Swamiji says "It is common for anyone in this Yuga. I can assure you that the Divine Name alone can make you attain God
The one who calls all the people in this Kali Yuga and gives the ‘upadesa’, “Utter the Name of the Lord. You can attain God!” Only such a one is a Sadguru.
Only the chanting of the Divine Names eradicates the evils of this Kali Yuga. There is no other effective way available to overcome the evil propensities of this Kaliyuga
Would it not amount to grave injustice if one shows a difficult path to the world ?
How can we attain spiritual powers?
Kali Santarana Upanishad comes to our rescue, stating which specific Nama has to be chanted for liberation, in this Age (Kali Yuga).
Having compassion of the Lord as the foundation, the one which has no rules, the one which can eradicate the force of Kali, Namakirtanam is the only resort. I think again and again about this with in Myself
We have little capacity to meditate, perform rituals and puja. But we are capable of chanting the names of the Lord – Krishna, Rama, and so on.
We don’t have the capability to perform either Dhyana, Ritual rites and Pooja. We are capable only to Chant the Divine names of “Krishna, Rama”. Its true that Divine names alone would protect us.
Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare