Name Recitation Should Not Stop (Oct 1, 2008)
- : Shree Hari :
1st October, 2008, Wednesday
Ashwin Shukla Dvitiya, Vikram Samvat 2065, Budhvaar
Question: The Name "Ram Ram" is to be chanted from within the silentful depth of our
heart or it is to be uttered aloud ?
Answer: Whether you chant silently within, or you chant aloud, which ever way you use,
the name recitation should not be stopped. "Tasmaat kenaapyupaayen manah krsne
niveshayet." (Srimad Bhagwat 7:1:31) - in whatever way, your mind, your speech must
become engaged in God. For this one needs to not look for any proper time or auspicious
hour (Muhoorat). On gaining human body, the auspicious occasion has already been
"soi tittha sutittha hai, soi baara subaara;
bhadraa bhaagi maanavaa, sumaracaa sirajanahaara."
Question: Of the two, which is more essential - Chanting Name of God or doing the work
of God ?
Answer: This question is as good as when asked - should I eat roti (bread) or drink
water? Both are essential. Recite God's name and also do His work. Name can be recited
at all times, but activity (work) cannot be done all the time, continuously. Therefore recite
the name of God at all times, but do the work too as the occasion demands - "Tasmaat
sarveshu kaaleshu, maamanusmarah yudhhya ch," (Gita 8:7). If any work congruent with
scriptural injunctions is occasioned, then regard it as God's work and do it. Recite God's
name ceaselessly round the clock. Let the name recitation, never discontinue.
cahu juga cahu sruti naama prabhaau;
kali bisesi nahim aana upaaoo." (manasa 1:22:4)
i.e. in all the four yugas (ages - satya yug, tretaa yug, dvaapar yug, kali yug) and in all the
four Vedas, there is great impress on the name of God. Like name recitation, there is no
other solution. All the saints have unanimously called recitation of the name of God to be
glorious. In the actual name that is recited, there can be differences. Some may say
"Aum", some may say "Ram", some may say "Hare Ram" others may says "Om Namo
Narayana" In this manner there can be differences in the name, but in the actual name
recitation, they are all the same.
From "Saadhan, Sudhaa, Sindhu" in Hindi pg 672 and "Be Good" in English pg 53 by Swami
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