Instruction in Japa

Make the divine name the sheet-anchor and prop of your life. If you take to the recitation of the divine name, all inauspiciousness will certainly vanish. Om Tat Sat is the most excellent of mantras (mystic formula). One becomes a siddha (perfect being) by japa of this mantra, Om Tat Sat. By repetition of this…

Japa Is Important

Japa is an important ariga (limb) of yoga. In the Gita you will find: “Yaj anarh japa yaj osmi – among yaj as (religious practice) I am japa yaj a”. In kali yuga (dark age) the practice of japa alone can give eternal peace, bliss and immortality. Japa ultimately results in samadhi (communion with the…

Study the Scriptures

Svadhyaya is study of scriptures and books written by realized sages. It is one of the limbs of niyama (discipline) in raja yoga. Svadhyaya is also enquiry of the nature of atman (self), or “Who am I?” It is recitation of mantras (sacred formulas) also. Svadhyaya is indirect satsarig, when you cannot get positive satsariga…

The Name of God

I would like to begin with OM. The mystic sound OM is the word expressive of God. It is God’s name. We have to give a name to God, to have a Christening ceremony. A namegiving ceremony. It is something like a child is born – he has to be given a name, a suitable…

Listening to the Sound Within

Nada Yoga is the Yoga of sound and it includes practices using sound formulas and mantras. Mantra repetition itself is a Nada Yoga practice. Through repeating the mantra, you gradually develop that sound vibration within. After practicing for a long time, you will be able to hear the anahata, or the inner sound. That inner…

Seek God Within

Seek God within you, in your heart. Seek him not elsewhere. Seek him with faith. Seek not God for favours. Such favours will not bring you near to God. Cultivate nikriya bhakti (motiveless devotion) – pine for his grace and mercy. Quicken and enliven your faith in God. Let the flame of faith grow brighter…

Worship

A devotee repeats the mantra (mystic formula) of the Lord during worship and touches his heart, his head, tuft of hair, arms and hands. There is caitanya (consciousness, power) in every letter of the mantra. Through repetition of the mantra and the touching of the parts of the body with the repetition of the mantra,…

Worship

One can realise God through worship of murti (or idol). The worship of the Lord in saguna (concrete) form is a great aid for vedantic realisation also, and for the realisation of the Lord in His all-pervading, formless aspect. The worship of the murti is very essential for the purpose of concentration and meditation in…