GOD AND HIS NAME ARE ONE
May 25, 2013 Comments Off on GOD AND HIS NAME ARE ONE
What a lot of joy the repetition of His name brings! What a lot of power it infuses into man!
How it changes the human nature marvellously! How it exalts a man to the status of divinity!
How it destroys old sins, vasanas (tendencies), sankalpas (thoughts), whims, fancies, depressing moods, sex-impulses, and various samskaras (psychological impressions)!
How sweet is God’s name! What a tremendous power it possesses! How it transforms quickly the asuric (diabolical) nature into satvic (divine) nature! How it brings you face to face with the Lord and makes you realise your oneness with him (para bhakti – supreme love)!
The name of God, chanted correctly or incorrectly, knowingly or unknowingly, carefully or carelessly, is sure to give the desired result. Every name is filled with countless potencies (saktis). Its glory is indescribable. The efficacy and inherent sakti of the name of God is unfathomable.
Just as fire has the natural property of burning inflammable things, so also the name of God has the power of burning sins, samskaras and vasanas and bestowing eternal bliss and everlasting peace on those who repeat it. Just as burning quality is natural to and inherent in fire, so also the power of destroying sins with their very root and branch, and bringing the aspirant into blissful union with the Lord through bhava-samadhi (culmination of devotion) is natural to and inherent in the name of God.
O man! Take refuge in the name. Nami (God) and Nama (name) are inseparable. Sing the Lord’s name incessantly. Remember the name of the Lord with every incoming and outgoing breath. In this present age, japa (repetition of God’s name) is the easiest, quickest, safest and surest way to reach God and attain immortality and perennial joy. Glory to the Lord! Glory to his name! – Swami Sivananda