"The very first step in understanding what this is all about is giving up the concept of an active, volitional 'I' as a separate entity and accepting the passive role of perceiving and functioning as a process." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Devotional path

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj:

Namasmarana is recitation of a holy name of God. Here God means the indwelling principle within you - the atman, which is given various names. These represent this "inner-God" who will respond no matter what names of other Gods you chant. The custom of counting beads of a rosary is merely to give occupation to your hands, but it is this inner God that you are supposed to invoke. This God is awakened when you tell the beads by reciting his name. Just as the cow's udders ooze out milk upon the sight of its calf who runs to its mother mooing "ama-ama", so also the beingness showers grace on the one who chants its holy name and tells beads in all earnestness by leading him into quietude. The keynote of recitation is to confine this "I-am-ness" within itself. The listener in you listens to the chantings and feels greatly pleased. This is the reason that people used to daily chantings and telling of beads get restless when unable to do so.

The merging of beingness within itself is the very fount of bliss. If you want eternal Peace, you can have it and be it through the absorbing devotional path - the nama-japa or bhakti-yoga.

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