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JAPA – Chanting the name of God!

Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

The easiest way to attain union with God is through constant repetitive chanting of His name. By chanting the name of God with all faith and devotion, your mind gets thoroughly purified and the God within, reveals Himself in your heart, in all His glory and splendour, and the peace that is hidden within you becomes manifest in all your actions – rather, fills your entire mental and physical being!

To bring out the latent glory and power of the Divine, the easiest way is to chant the holy name of our Lord!. God and His name are not different. Name is just a tag, a nomenclature, – a bridge between God and us!

The ‘name’ takes us to Him, and makes us realize that the name and He are one and the same. When you go on repeating His name, you will find that the name tastes sweeter and sweeter. It is sweeter than nectar. Only those who have chanted it know its power. !

A person who has come from a long distance wants to go to Mumbai, sees the signpost and is happy he has found the way. Suppose he takes a garland of flowers, puts it on the post, sits below it and worships it that cannot take him to Mumbai. This is how people generally act. If they simply sit and worship the Guru/God by so doing they can’t reach goal.

  • How does one chant the name of God?

  • It should not be with egotism or false pride. If one repeats His name with such a mind-set, one would not get any benefit. If one is humble and meek, then alone will he derive real benefit. There is no difference between the bhakthi path of the Hindus and the Sufis. Bhakthi yoga, refers to a full devotion to God and not mere worshiping.

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Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Your reality is the Athma (God viewed as the particular), a wave of the Paramathma (God viewed as the universal). The one object of this human existence is to visualize that Reality, that Athma, – the relationship between the wave and the sea. All other activities are trivial; you share them with birds and beasts; but this is the unique privilege of man. He has clambered through all levels of animalism, all the steps in the ladder of evolution in order to inherit this high maturity. If his years between birth and death are frittered away in seeking food, shelter, comfort and pleasure as animals do, man is condemning himself to a further life sentence.

FOR, THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE UNIVERSAL ARE ONE; THE WAVE IS THE SEA. MERGING FULFILS. WHEN MERGED, THE EGO IS DISSLOVED; ALL SYMBOLS AND SIGNS OF THE PARTICULAR LIFE, NAME, FORM, CASTE, CREED, NATIONALITY, TEMPLE, CHURCH, MOSQUE, SECT AND THE RIGHTS AND DUTIES CONEQUENT THEREON, WILL FADE.

For such individuals, (Avathars and Sathgurus), who have liberated themselves from the narrowness of individuality, the only task is the upliftment of humanity, the welfare of the world, and the showering of love. Even if they are quiet, the state of bliss in which they exist, will shower bliss on the world. Love is in all, love is of all, and love is all.

When people forget the one and run after the many, Dharma declines; for there can be no love, no sacrifice, and no detachment in human affairs then. So, the Lord takes human form and comes to restore man’s sense of values. This is the Avathar.

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The Saints

Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

SathGuru Sri Gnanananda Swamigal

  • Sri Ramdas Swamigal

  • Sri Rama Krishna Paramahamsa

  • Sri Sathya Sai Baba

  • Tukaram Maharaj

  • Jean Caussade

  • Saint Jnaneshwar (Jnanadeva)

  • Saint Eknath

  • Hazrat Tajuddin Baba

  • Sufi Saints

    • Sheik Sadi

    • Hafiz

    • Rabia

    • Rumi

    • Baba Farid

    • Sarmad

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Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Shri Sathya Sai Baba (Prashanthi Nilayam, Puttapurti, Andhra Pradesh)

If the Heart is Pure, then the continuity of the OM sound will not be broken. If anything bad arises, it is unreal, for ONLY OM is REAL!”

There are 3 kinds of Sanyasis:

1) One who is a Sanyasi only by attire; who pretends renunciation by wearing an ochre robe. There are thousands of such in India.

2) Next is the Sanyas who gains control of merely his senses.

Such a person should never renounce the world for solitude. They should remain where they are, in life, and watch their reactions to know if their control over the senses is genuine.

3) Then there is he, who has surrendered to the Lord, dedicating the fruit of every action to Him. Such a Sanyasi has no ego. His heart is pure. His senses become calm and are not affected by the vagaries of the world.

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Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Sri Ramalinga Swamigal used to reside in Vadalur (Neyveli, Tamil Nadu) in a Reddiar’s house. Perenially, a lamp used to remain lit, in the room in which the Swamigal stayed. The oil for the lamp was stored in the same room. One day the Reddiar, had to leave the village for a short tenure. He had given instructions to his son to place a vessel full of water for the Swamigal’s ablutions and refill the vessel meant for oil. The boy, a little confused, filled water in the oil container, and oil in the vessel meant for water!

Sri Ramalinga Swamigal did not notice what had gone wrong. As usual he refilled the lamp, but this time with water! And what a wonder, – the lamp continued to burn throughout the night!

The next day, when the Reddiar returned, he noticed that the vessel containing the oil was full and was filled with wondrous surprise! The Swamigal himself was astounded, and realized that the Lord Himself had transformed the water into oil to make His Bhakta’s belief true!

IF WE DEVOUTLY PRAY TO THE LORD, HE WOULD COME RUSHING TO OUR SUCCOUR, (LEAVING EVERYTHING) JUST AS SOMEONE WOULD COME TO US, WHEN WE BECKON THEM.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa’s message:

Reasoning stops when one sees God. But there are instances of people who have realized God and who still continue to reason. Again there are people who, even after having seen God, chant His name with devotion and sing His glories.

Let His will be done. People of small intellect seek occult powers – powers to cure disease, win a lawsuit, walk on water, and such things. But the genuine devotees of God do not want anything except His Lotus Feet.

A man who has realized God shows certain characteristics. He becomes like a child or a madman or an inert thing. Further he is firmly convinced that he is the machine and God is its operator that God alone is the doer and all others are His instruments.

Give God the power of attorney. Let Him do whatever He wants. Be like a kitten and cry to Him with a fervent heart. The mother cat puts the kitten wherever she wants to. The kitten does not know anything.

I am like a cast-off leaf in the wind. The wind propels that leaf to everywhere it likes. I am the machine and God is its operator.”

The desire to argue disappears when a man attains wisdom. People do not trust a man when he speaks about God. Even if a great soul affirms that he has seen God, still the average person will not accept his words.

COMPARE THE FORMLESS GOD TO THE ELECTRIC CURRENT, WHICH IS NOT SEEN WITH THE EYES BUT CAN BE FELT.

Great deal of difference between the knowledge of a Householder and all renouncing Sanyasi. The householder ‘s knowledge is like the light of a lamp, “That” illumines only the inside of a room. He can’t see anything, with the help of such knowledge, except his own body and his immediate family. But the knowledge of the all-renouncing Sanyasi is like the light of the sun. Through that light he can see both inside and outside the room.

 

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadhri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


SathGuru Sri Gnanananda Swamigal attained Jeeva Samadhi at the Tapovanam at the town of Thirukoilur (situated 39 kms. From Thiruvannamalai, TamilNadu).

SathGuru Gnanananda, was a Siddhapurusha, operating on different planes of consciousness. With his matchless intuition he could sense the latent capacities and talents of his devotees and make them flower forth, to the astonishment of all. And that would be as natural and organic, as a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, a flower into a fruit. But what is more wondrous is that he could make a ‘rainbow out of granite!’

Most people operate at the level of their surface or gross consciousness. One cannot fail to take note of Swami’s mystifying and unpredictable treatment of his disciples. For instance, Swami had given a lamp to a young mother and asked er to keep it under her son’s cot. Her failure to do it continually, resulted in the loss of the child.

What may be considered a pleasing prospect at the surface level, may not necessarily be always good. Gnanananda Swamigal being a Siddhapurusha, operated from an absolute plane and therefore reacted differently at different points of time.

One should not seek the reason behind it. What needs to be understood is that whatever is laid down by the Guru, is essentially dictated by the need of the occasion, not as the onlooker sees it, but as it should be.

Once, a child of a close devotee of the Swami developed acute stomach complications. The Swami, by merely offering of a banana cured it. On another occasion, when someone, assuming the ashram to be some kind of a clinic, sought the Swami’s help was turned away by the reply: “There are plenty of professional doctors to treat the sick. They are jobless. You need not come here for that.”

On Daana (Charity):

SathGuru Gnanananda laid great emphasis on charity, more particularly on Anna Daana (offering of food). This would remind us of the esoteric significance of food, which is explained in the Taitiriyopanishad in these words:

“Whatsoever creatures the earth contain, truly all of them are born from food, kept alive by food and return with it in the end. Food is the first creation. Food is called ‘annam’ because creatures both consume it and are consumed by it.”

SathGuru Gnanananda frequently echoed Yoga Vasishta:

“The root of the mind and the root of the Prana are the same; controlling one, one could control the other.” Control of breath means merely watching the mind, the flow of breath.

Thought is that which activates the mind.” Without thought, the mind does not function and may then be said to cease to exist. Grief, mental distress, nervousness and irregular breathing are the symptoms of a distracted condition of the mind. The mind that is only a bundle of thoughts thus becomes extinct, like a fire not fed by fuel.

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