October 22, 2015

He who has a gross mind, which is intoxicated with the wine of passion. A worldly man thinks foolishly that he is deriving pleasure from the sensual object. He is not able to perceive things in their true light. But the patient, thoughtful man of discrimination and dispassion does not desire the illusory pleasure of this world. He meditates on the Supreme Self and attains eternal bliss and immortality.

You are simply not interested; and when there is a thing which you do not like, you are not interested in it. This is the experience of people in respect of the things which they do not like. Whenever they see a thing which they do not like, they are not interested in it. This attitude of not being interested in a thing should be universalised.

Swami Chidananda

Nama Japa

October 11, 2015

A gentleman, who happened to be sitting by the side of the young man, took up the thread of the conversation and said, “Swami, you say that finding out the Self is the greatest thing in life. But for finding it out, is the Nama Japa (repeating the name of the Lord) good? Can we attain moksha in that way?” Bhagavan said, “Yes, it is good. That itself will take you in due course to the goal. The repeating of the Name is to remove all extraneous things. Then everything extraneous disappears and what remains is the Name alone. That which remains is the Self or God or the Supreme Being. Nama Japa means we give a name to God and call HIM by that name. You give Him that name which you like most.”

That devotee asked, “Will Ishwara manifest Himself if you give Him some name and pray to Him to appear in a particular form?”

Bhagavan: “Yes. He will answer your call by whatever name you call Him and will appear in whatever form you worship Him. As soon as He manifests Himself you ask something. He grants the boon and disappears, but you remain where you were.”

I said, “I suppose Bhagavan also will do likewise, if we ask him for some material benefits.” Without taking any heed of what I had said, and by way of avoiding the question, Bhagavan said, “That is why God is afraid of manifesting Himself. If He comes, the devotees will ask Him to give away all His Powers and retire. Not only will they say, ‘Give everything to us’, but they will also say, ‘Do not give them to any one else’. That is the fear. That is why God delays in coming to His devotees.”

Sri Ramana Maharshi

(From ‘Letters from Sri Ramanasramam’: 200)

Asato Maa

October 2, 2015

The prayer “Asato Maa Sat-Gamaya, Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya, Mrityor Maa Amritam-Gamaya” epitomises the purpose of the Lord’s Creation, the grand culmination of going back into that Transcendence out of which these countless names and forms have been evolved as a blissful act of play by the One without a second.

Swami Chidananda