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Thus it is spoken of in the scriptures regarding constant remembering as a means to liberation

 

Bhakti Yoga by Swami Vivekananda

 

'The loving wife meditates on her loving husband'; here also a kind of eager and continuous remembrance is meant. This is devotion according to Shankara.

 

Meditation again is a constant remembrance (of the thing meditated upon) flowing like an unbroken stream of oil poured out from one vessel to another. When this kind of remembering has been attained (in relation to God) all bondages break. Thus it is spoken of in the scriptures regarding constant remembering as a means to liberation.

 

 

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

 

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2008/02/rama-rama-rama-saying-this-within-mind.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2010/03/constantly-thinking-about-lotus-feet-of.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2009/06/catch-hold-of-divine-name-and-do-your.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2008/11/one-should-repeat-name-voraciously-like.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2010/09/those-who-want-to-advance-spiritually.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2010/01/that-love-can-sprout-only-by-his-grace.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2008/08/i-have-found-yes-i-have-found-wealth-of.html

 

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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For it has been said by the Lord: ‘Those who are constantly attached to Me and worship Me with love–I give that direction to their will by which they come to Me.’

 

Bhakti Yoga by Swami Vivekananda

 

Worship is constant remembering as may be seen from the essential texts of scriptures. Knowing, which is the same as repeated worship, has been described as constant remembering. . . . Thus the memory, which has attained to the height of what is as good as direct perception, is spoken of in the Shruti as a means of liberation.

 

'This Atman is not to be reached through various sciences, nor by intellect, nor by much study of the Vedas. Whomsoever this Atman desires, by him is the Atman attained, unto him this Atman discovers Himself.' Here, after saying that mere hearing, thinking and meditating are not the means of attaining this Atman, it is said, 'Whom this Atman desires, by him the Atman is attained.'

 

The extremely beloved is desired; by whomsoever this Atman is extremely beloved, he becomes the most beloved of the Atman. So that this beloved may attain the Atman, the Lord Himself helps.

 

For it has been said by the Lord: 'Those who are constantly attached to Me and worship Me with love–I give that direction to their will by which they come to Me.' Therefore it is said that, to whomsoever this remembering, which is of the same form as direct perception , is very dear, because it is dear to the Object of such memory perception, he is desired by the Supreme Atman, by him the Supreme Atman is attained. This constant remembrance is denoted by the word Bhakti.” So says Bhagavan Ramanuja in his commentary on the Sutra Athato Brahma-jijnasa.

 

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

 

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2007/04/lord-should-desire-to-take-you-unto-him.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2010/08/only-through-causeless-mercy-does-he.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2010/08/you-didnt-choose-me-but-i-chose-you.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2010/08/we-bow-down-to-him-by-his-grace.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2007/04/lord-should-desire-to-take-you-unto-him.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2007/10/desire-to-see-god-and-mukthi.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2007/06/how-one-can-attain-jnana-knowledge.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2007/11/how-when-can-we-see-god.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2010/01/that-love-can-sprout-only-by-his-grace.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2007/07/steadiness-is-what-is-requiredand-wait.html

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2008/02/rama-rama-rama-saying-this-within-mind.html

 

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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What We Think We Become

 

Tales and parables by Swami Vivekananda

 

What We Think We Become

 

Thought is all important for "what we think we become."  There was once a Sannyasin, a holy man, who sat under a tree and taught the people.  He drank milk, and ate only fruit, and made endless 'Pranayamas,' and felt himself to be very holy.   In the same village lived an evil woman.  Every day the Sannyasin went and warned her that her wickedness would lead her to hell.  The poor woman, unable to change her method of life which was her only means of livelihood, was still much moved by the terrible future depicted by the Sannyasin.  She wept and prayed to the Lord, begging Him to forgive her because she could not help herself. 

 

By and by both the holy man and the evil woman died.  The angels came and bore her to heaven, while the demons claimed the soul of the Sannyasin. 

 

"Why is this!" he exclaimed, "have I not lived a most holy life, and preached holiness to everybody? Why should I be taken to hell while this wicked woman is taken to heaven?" 

 

"Because," answered the demons, "while she was forced to commit unholy acts, her mind was always fixed on the Lord and she sought deliverance, which has now come to her. But you, on the contrary, while you performed only holy acts, had your mind always fixed on the wickedness of others.  You saw only of sin, and thought only of sin, so now you have to go to that place where only sin is." 

 

The moral of the story is obvious: The outer life avails little.  The heart must be pure and the pure heart sees only good, never evil.  We should never try to be guardians of mankind, or to stand on a pedestal as saints reforming sinners.  Let us rather purify ourselves and the result must be that in so doing we shall help others.

 

 

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

 

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2009/05/more-you-think-about-world-more-your.html

 

http://guruandnamakirtan.blogspot.com/2010/02/if-you-think-of-god-day-and-night-you.html

 

 

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 more you take the name of the Lord, the better for you, in whatever way you may do it. You are only repeating His name because you love Him.

Nama Article 2nd April 2009

 

Source: 'Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda' – Para-Bhakti or Supreme Devotion

 

The more you take the name of the Lord, the better for you, in whatever way you may do it. You are only repeating His name because you love Him.

 

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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Flashes from Swami Vivekananda

Nama Article 24th November 2007
 
 
Source : Flashes from Swami Vivekananda

 

 
The path of devotion (Bhakthi) is natural and pleasant.

 

 

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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Flashes from Swami Vivekananda

Nama Article 24th November 2007
 
 
Source : Flashes from Swami Vivekananda

 

 
The path of devotion (Bhakthi) is natural and pleasant.

 

 

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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Flashes from Swami Vivekananda

Nama Article – 23rd August 2007
 

Source: Flashes from Swami Vivekananda

 

Japa is repeating the Holy Name; through this the devotee rises to the Infinite

 

 

 

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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