The names of the Lord are all combinations of different sound forces whose vibrations will permeate our mind and body, purify them as well as the ambient atmosphere and finally lead us to the Super-conscious state of Samadhi, resulting in God-realisation

Nama Article 13th October 2013

 

Source: Srimad Bhagavatham : Its Message for the Modern Man by Swami Shantananda Puri Maharaj

 

Vyasa started the Bhagavatam with an invocatory hymn addressed to the Ultimate Reality with neither name nor form, and that verse contains the entire essence of the Vedanta philosophy as expounded in the Brahma Sutras and the Upanishads. In the valedictory verse of the Bhagavatam, Vyasa declares that chanting of the names of the Supreme Being alone is capable of destroying all the sins which stand in the way of God-realisation. In these days when people want God-realisation and liberation while holding on tightly to the world with one hand, and are reluctant to tire themselves mentally or physically, the easiest way is chanting the name of the Lord, which can be done at all times, eating, walking, travelling, or cooking in the kitchen, etc. – in short, while engaged in any activity whatsoever, anywhere. Every letter of the Samskrit alphabet is one aspect of the universal force or power (sakti) in which form the Lord has manifested Himself in the world. The first letter (A) which stands for the power Amrita Varshini, if chanted for a long time, can bestow long life. Similarly the letter (ee) is Eesaani which can bestow the power of controlling others and, being the Maya beeja, also has the power of removing Maya. The names of the Lord are all combinations of different sound forces whose vibrations will permeate our mind and body, purify them as well as the ambient atmosphere and finally lead us to the Super-conscious state of Samadhi, resulting in God-realisation

 

Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

Bodendra swami, in His 'Bhagavan Nama rasodayam' says angrily, 'do you think it the Name of some Tom, Dick and Harry? It is verily the Name of the Lord of the Universe ('Jagadeeshwara's Name)!

Thus we are able to comprehend to a certain extent that there is no difference between the Name of the Lord and the Lord. Don’t we?

 

Even though there is complete identity between God and His name, the former closely follows the latter

 

A mantra is that which protects us when we chant it………we cannot, by analysis, discover the essence

 

Hence mantras are not only mere combination of words or descriptions of God but they are God themselves.

 

The words that a saint or a sage utters are not empty sounds that he makes. They are forces that are released like atom bombs; they can manifest themselves in the physical world and events can take place

 

All mantras we use are based on the science of "Naadam" — the secrets hidden in sound

 

One great advantage of Mantra Yoga over other methods is that it is a discipline which is at once self-sufficient and independent

 

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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