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The Name of the Almighty
« on: February 05, 2010, 07:11:51 AM »
In most religions, though not in Christianity, (where invocation
is not direct but mediate - as for instance in the prayer of the
heart-, invocation of the Divine Name is one of the most important
techniques of bhakti marga.

Saint Namadev says:-

The name permeates everywhere, from the heavens to the lower
regions of the entire universe.  Who can tell to what depths in
the nether regions and to what height in the heavens it extends?
The ignorant undergo endless types of births without knowing the
Essence. The Name is immortal.  Forms are innumerable but the
Name is all.

Swami Ramadas also, like most bhaktas, prescribed the invocation
of the Name.  "God and His name are not different from one another.
Name is God Himself. The moment we think of the Name our mind
is filled with the presence of God."

Bhagavan Ramana says mental repetition of the Name is be far
more effacious than the verbal repetitions.  (Upadesa Saram).
Still, many find rare experiences of sweetness and joy derived
by uttering the Name aloud.

In Islam, as one would expect from a religion, whose very name
denotes "submission", no technique is more priced than the invocation of the Divine Name.  "The food and drink of the saint
is remembrance of the Name of the Lord," said Abu'l Hasan.

For the Sikhs, there is no more patent technique than the invocation of the Divine Name, as the following hymns from the Granth Sahib,

Hearkening to the Name bestows
Truth, divine wisdom, contentment.
To bathe in the joy of the Name,
Is to bathe in the holy places.
By hearing the Name and reading it
A man attains to honour;
By hearkening the mind may reach
The highest blissful poise
Of meditation on God.
Saint Nanak, the saints are always happy.
By hearkening to the Name
Sorrow and sin are destroyed.

Buddhism is the most impersonal of religions.  Its essential and
original teaching seems to have no place for a Path of Devotion
or for personal worship.  In the Pure Land School, however, in China and Japan, Mahayana Buddhism has developed such a Path for those who need it.  A passage in Zendo's Commentary on the Pure Land
Sutras, runs as follows:-

"Only repeat the name of Amitabha with all your heart, whether
walking or standing, sitting or lying, never cease the practice for
a moment.  This is the work which unfailingly issues in salvation,
for it is in accordance with the original vow of Amida Buddho."
It was on the basis of this instruction Honen founded the Japanese
School of Jodo.

(Source:  Arthur Osborne's article under the title NAME.)

Arunachala Siva.



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Re: The Name of the Almighty
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2010, 08:00:20 AM »
Sri Ramakrishna says about Japa:

Japa meditation means silently repeating God's name in solitude. When you chant his name with single-minded devotion you can see God's form and realize him. Suppose there is a piece of timber sunk in the water of the Ganges and fastened with a chain to the bank. You proceed link by link holding on to the chain and you dive into the water and follow the chain. Finally you are able to reach the timber. In the same way by repeating God's name you become absorbed in Him and finally realize Him.
Homage to the Universal Being...Om Shanti ... Om Shanti ... Om Shanti ...


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Re: The Name of the Almighty
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2010, 08:35:38 AM »
Dear silentgreen,

Yes.  Name is quite important in bhakti marga.  Though Bhagavan
Ramana said in Who am I?:  The One who sacrifices his own self
to the Atma and stays as Atma Nishtapara, is the greatest bhakta,
He recommended Japa for some devotees who are already attuned
to that.  He recommended Siva, Siva... to Annamalai Swami, Muruganar and to an unknown Harijan.  When someone else asked
Him, whether he could chant Ramana....Ramana, instead of the present practice of Rama..Rama,  He said:  "Why change?  Rama and
Ramana are one and the same.  Sri B.V. Narasimhaswami in his
Self Realization, has mentioned about 20 aspects which are common to Rama and Bhagavan Ramana.

Bhagavan Himself has said in Sri Arunachala Akshara Mana Maalai,
Verse 104:- 

"Let me be a devotee to the devotee of the devotees who LISTEN
your holy name, O Arunachala!"  He said that even listening to a
holy name will bring forth the results!

Arunachala Siva.   


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Re: The Name of the Almighty
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2010, 09:30:53 AM »
The subtle essence is just merging of Jeevatma into/to/as Paramaatma. The peformer of Japa (becoming) one with the Name of the almighty. A similar essence is also reflected in the very first Askara mana malai:

Arunachalam ena agame ninaipavar, Agathai ver aruppaai Arunachala.

Those who think Arunachala as the Self - real I - as the only Aham, will Himself cut the roots of Aham - ego I.

Salutations to Sri Ramana
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta