The Lord’s Name

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The Lord’s Name

The name is a verbal expression of the conception of the Supreme Being, who is known by different names and forms, in different climes and

times. The supreme is infinite but as it is not always possible for the

common man to conceive of what is beyond the perception of the finite

mind, this infinite truth is symbolised as forms, symbols or objects

that vary according to each one’s respective tendencies or modes of

perception.

Though in the initial stage there is difference and distinction among the various names and their associated objects,

ultimately, when the habit of repetition of the name is formed and the

divine consciousness is kept ever awake, then there remains no

distinction between the name and the associated idea or object. The

intuitive knowledge of the supreme reveals itself in the name itself –

for the basis of all names and forms is the one primal being who

manifests himself under different names and forms, as different faiths

and tendencies, as different sects and races, in different times and

places.

There is an unfathomable depth, intense sweetness and charm in the Lord’s name. It is beyond the futile explanation of the

limited intellect. It is a thing knowable only through experience. The

music first thrills the nerves, harmonises them and then mysteriously

acts upon the mind. The sincere devotee loses himself in divine ecstasy.

The worldly mind cannot grasp or perceive this state of intense

emotion. The Lord’s name is all bliss and when it is chanted, the mind

merges in its bliss. It loses its individual entity in bliss. It becomes

one with the bliss itself.

Without the name of the beloved, none may hope to cross the sea of samsara (worldly existence). The

Lord’s name is the lasting medicine against any kind of ailment. You

cannot be overtaken by sorrows, sins, troubles, sicknesses if you take

refuge in the Lord’s name.

Repetition of the Lord’s name dispels all fears and evil thoughts. He who repeats the name of the Lord has

all his desires fulfilled. So sing the holy name. If you are attached to

the Lord you will be released from all attachments which bind you and

pull you down. This constant repetition gives infinite strength.

Swami Sivananda

Tags-bliss, knowledge, sacred word

Hinduism

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