The saving grace

SIVANANDA DAILY READING


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 a sure
medicine for the disease of birth and death. If you take to the
recitation of the divine name, all inauspiciousness will certainly
vanish.

Smarana is remembrance of the Lord at all times. The mind does not
think of any object of the world. It is engrossed in thinking of the
glorious Lord alone. The mind meditates on the glories of the Lord
and forgets the body. Even japa is only remembrance of the Lord.

Ever remember the Lord. His divine name is the greatest treasure on
earth. It has got indescribable power of bestowing blessings upon
all who have faith. It is a good idea to recite the mantras at
bedtime.

In ordinary self consciousness there is duality between the
repetitioner and the name. It is discursive. It is within the fields
of ordinary experience. It is confined within the categories of the
mind, of limited conceptions. Ultimately the ordinary self
consciousness is elevated into a transcendental experience, into a
state of superconsciousness.

The repetitioner and the name become one. The eternally revealed
truth reveals itself to him and he realises his oneness with the
supreme. The sense of duality, the gulf of separateness between the
finite and the infinite is removed.

Spiritual life needs harmony in all parts of your being. Spiritual
truth can only be realised when the whole being is perfectly at ease
and in tune with the divine. Mantra (the name of God) has the power
to release cosmic and supracosmic consciousness. It bestows
illumination, freedom, supreme peace, eternal bliss and immortality.

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