It’s a Big Demand

When you are on a pilgrimage, you depend totally on God. You don’t depend on your credit cards, your hotel bookings, your taxis. Nothing. You just give yourself into the hands of God. “God, I’m coming to You completely empty-handed. You do anything You want with me.” There is a great benefit in that. Only…

Unflinching Devotion

When you repeat the Lord’s name you must evince unflinching devotion from the bottom of your heart – devotion to God, without love for any other object. You must drive off all worldly thoughts from your mind. Fill the mind with thoughts of God and God alone. You must struggle. You must exert hard. Remain…

Forget the Body

He who does sankirtan (same as kirtan: chanting) forgets the body and the world. Sariklrtan brings super-intuitional knowledge. Sariklrtan brings darsan (vision) of God or attainment of divine consciousness in this Kali Yuga (dark age). It develops love. It is the easiest, surest, safest, quickest way for attaining God-realisation. Those who do sankirtan in the…

Sing without Ceasing

Akhana kirtan is to sing the Lord’s name without a break. This is a very effective spiritual sadhana (practice). There is eradication of all evil vrttis (thoughts) during this period; the mind has neither time nor opportunity to think of sensual objects during this period. This is an easy way to capture the mind. During…

Sankirtan is Spiritual Food

People do sankirtan with surprising enthusiasm and vigour for a year or two but after that they become slothful and torpid. The same zeal should be kept up throughout life. Just as food and drink are not dispensed with, even for a day. Sankirtann is indeed a spiritual food. Nay, it is a physical and…

God is Your Sole Refuge

The name of the Lord is your sole refuge. It is your prop, shelter and abode. Name is divine nectar. Name and form are inseparable. Keep a picture of the Lord and concentrate on it. Concentrate on the face or feet or the whole picture. Then visualise this in your heart or in the space…

Benefits of Japa

Japa (repetition of the mantra) checks the force of the thought current moving towards objects. It forces the mind to move towards God, towards the attainment of eternal bliss. Eventually it helps us to have the darsana (vision) of God. The mantra-power is hidden in every mantra. Whenever the spiritual aspirant shows lack of vigour…

The Saving Grace

Japa is the best of all spiritual practices in this modern age. It is the easiest too. The divine name alone will give you all success and bestow on you the highest spiritual attainments. The seeker after truth reaches the highest goal by japa or recitation of the Lord’s name (or mantra) alone. This is…

Aids to Bhakti

People put the question: “How can we love God whom we have not seen?” Live in the company of saints and hear of the divine sport of God, study the sacred scriptures. Worship Him first in His several forms as manifested in the world. Worship any image or picture of the Lord or the guru.…

The Importance of Guru Bhakti

Here is bhakti yoga in a nutshell. Select an ishta devata (a favourite deity) – either Siva, Rama, Krishna, Vishnu, Dattatreya, Gayatri or Sakti – according to the advice of your guru, or your own inclination. Get the proper mantra (a mystic formula). Then keep a picture of that particular deity in front of you…