“A true religion comes not from the idol worship, it comes from the true spirit of devotion”. One can do the idol worship for years yet not feel the bliss and oneness with the divine, though another can just do it for few days and can feel the oneness, as just only the devotion towards the one is only needed to be limitless, hence it bounds the frequencies around you to make you feel the frequency of the one whom you are worshipping,
“the matter doesn’t matter though what’s in the mind it matters”.
A deep thought with a limitless meaning, that no one can achieve the almighty just by doing the prescribed way given in the books though it is very much important to have the devotion, the Shraddha and Saburi towards the one you are praying to.
When my spiritual journey started, I was unable to understand why I have such strong beliefs which rarely match the frequencies of people of Kalyug and never understood even now why I hear in my ear, the voice of someone who always guides me. At every small step of my life, I have been guided. The moment I understood I am having wonderful support along with me which I may not be able to express in words, though I feel it every nanosecond in my life.
I am grateful to this power behind me and will always be because I am a firm believer of when you do good, good comes back to you in a way no one can ever imagine. On Jan 4, I was put through a simple yet very enriching experience of my life, it is a long story and the details I would share later in some other blog yet the context here is to just understand that it was the first day I was assured that I am being guided by a powerful entity of this universe.
Though it was a life-changing experience yet it was filled with many scary experiences, the day I started my Naamjapa was Jan 6, 2021 and it was the first time in my life ever I was being guided to do what I always craved for. The real Pooja and Bhakti don’t lie in only Naamjapa though it is a lifelong process of keeping the spirit connected to the light of the universe.
My Naamjapa(Chanting) is basically a reminder to me that I am here just for becoming the light to others so that Appa can be proud, who chose me to become a support and light to those who are in dire need of life and peace. I started doing my Naamjapa and as a mother, a working woman, a homemaker, and a spiritual person I had so many responsibilities though inside I always wanted to devote myself to the lotus feet of my lord. As soon I started doing the Naamjapa I can’t even imagine the kind of support I always had behind me, the work that I use to think about doing got completed without me even thinking about it for the second time.
Namajapa(Chanting) is something that is even mentioned in Bhagwat Geeta. The Puranas declare the names of God to be the only means of salvation for Kaliyuga, thereby reducing all other spiritual practices to mere adjunctive. I don’t know which Bhagwat Geeta other people prefer, I was also completely unaware to which Bhagwat Geeta one should prefer, though I now must recommend Bhagwat Geeta from Isckon, not because I am a firm devotee of ISKCON, just only because Srila Prabhupada has written it so wonderfully, that every meaning of the word is given, with proper translation and then the further translation for an individual to connect to the realm of the divine. As a beginner one can read Geeta Press’s small version of Bhagwat Geeta(Bhagwat Geeta Mote Akshar Wali). Also, if you can’t take time to read the book, then I must recommend here a Youtube Video with wonderful voice work done by Speaker Shailendra Bharti Sir(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28sptQICKCk), Those who really want to apply Bhagwat Geeta in their real life, just listen to this many times, as in this video Shailendra Bharti Sir has done wonderful work in connecting the “Saar” of every quote with today’s busy life. I have heard it many times and highly recommend it.
I recommend these books because they are the soul of being a human, they are you, they have principles, they are the word of God.
I have been to many places wherein saints are doing Naamjapa without implementing and keeping the words of such holy words of God. It is not important to do Naamjapa if one doesn’t liberate himself from the bounds of life, if one doing Naamjapa and constantly wondering about the fruits of his actions being bad or good, I think every bead of your Naamjapa has gone to waste, I am sorry for being so ruthless in the statement though I strongly feel that till there is no complete surrender to the one we are praying to, there is no point of doing Naamjapa or doing any devotional service for that matter.
I would like to cite one quote here:
तमेव शरणं गच्छ सर्वभावेन भारत |
तत्प्रसादात्परां शान्तिं स्थानं प्राप्स्यसि शाश्वतम् || 62||
tam eva śharaṇaṁ gachchha sarva-bhāvena bhārata
tat-prasādāt parāṁ śhāntiṁ sthānaṁ prāpsyasi śhāśhvatam
Meaning: Surrender exclusively unto him with your whole being, O Bharat(Arjuna). By his grace, you will attain perfect peace and eternal abode.
This means a complete surrender and devotion towards the lotus feet of Shri Hari. Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto the divinity. Religion is just a reflection of our beliefs. Many people just are driven by the beliefs their society and culture have risen them through, though I strongly believe that Humanity should be the only religion, if the beliefs of any religion fail to show humanity, I think it is pointless to follow something which is without the soul.
At last, I would like to give my humblest gratitude to people who read my last post(Divya Manoharan, Komal R, Divya Pai, Sushree Diya Om, Leenkesh Ramlagun, Shalini Pandey, Rashmi Ramanathan, Ajay Om, Anitosh Om, Medha Shri) thought to comment affirmatively and sent me good health wishes and encouraged me to write another part.
Thank you with all my heart. I am so blessed to receive warm wishes.
Jai Shri Hari