Nama Article 17th December 2013
Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
When we wake up in the morning we must do japa for a fixed hour, parăyana for a fixed hour; until then, do not speak to anyone. Let anything happen. Attend to other things later. So, we should keep ourselves aloof and do the sădhana in a routine manner. There is an advantage in doing the sădhana in a routine manner. As repeatedly being said, 'manas' becomes a slave to habit. If you fix up a time for your dhyăna and follow it for about six months, what would you find? The 'manas' goes to dhyăna automatically at the fixed hour. This is because it has got into this habit. A person takes to drinking habit. He gets used to drinking every evening at 6'o clock. At sharp 6 in the evening, the 'manas' seeks the drink. Why? Because he has made a habit of it. The 'manas' expects the drink. Suppose we meet a close friend of ours daily at a fixed time and this practice continues for sometime. What happens? If this friend fails to turn up on a day the 'manas' becomes restless. We await him and feel disappointed when he does not visit us. This is because the 'manas' has become habitual to meeting him. Therefore, if you hold on to a habit at a fixed time, the 'manas' begins to expect it and also accommodates itself to it. So, take some trouble, wake up at 3'o clock in the morning and do japa. Do it from 3 to 5. Initially, there will be some struggle ('porăttam') because it is not used to this (sort of a discipline). But, if you are stubborn and do it for sometime, around 2'o clock you will wake up on your own. As you keep doing japa from 3 to 5, the difficulties faced during the initial period will lessen. The mind will come to rest automatically. In 'brahmamuhurta' (3 to 5 in the morning) the cosmic is filled up with what is called the 'ojas' that is very supportive ('balam') to those who do spiritual sădhana. Our religion speaks of 'prătha snăna' that has scientific purport also. In 'Mărgazhi' month(the Tamizh month from mid-December to mid-January), this 'ojas' deepens, though it is to be found on all mornings. Between 3 and 5 in 'brahmamuhurta', the energy called 'ojas' spreads out in cosmos. When we do 'sandhya vandana' we say, 'ojosi sahosi bhalamasi…'
It is a great power that procures spiritual power ('deiva balam') for us. So, as soon as you wake up early morning, do some japa, dhyăna, părăyana
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
On auspicious days like Ekadasi people go on the streets singing the Divine Name of the Lord. This is called 'Nagara Sankirtan'. The Divine Name is spread in this manner especially in the Tamizh month of 'MArgazhi' [mid-December to mid-January]
Our one completed year is equal to a day of the Devas. They wake up in this month of Mărgazhi. Our Mărgazhi month is 'prătha kăla', i.e. 3 to 5 in the morning, for the Devas. Early morning perform 'Thiruărădhana' for Bhagavăn, perform Năma Sankirtana