Nama Article 6th December 2013
Devotee: How can a Sadhaka know whether he is progressing or not?
Swami Papa Ramdas: Each one can read for oneself, if he examines his mind — what he is thinking, desiring etc. Where there are cravings, desires, hankerings — do you think the mind is in tune with God? So many people admit, "I am repeating the Name, but the mind is wandering. What can I do?" The cause is he thinks he is doing it. He must be humble enough to admit that God is doing it — not merely orally saying but feeling so. It must become a consciousness. Whenever he is told that he is repeating the Name, at once he must be able to say, "God is making me repeat God's Name." Our sufferings are due to the assumption that we are doing everything. So we are asked to surrender, "I am nothing. O God! You are everything. I do nothing. O God! You do everything." We must pray to Him so that we may remember Him. Then our ego will slowly leave us.
Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji
When a disciple leads his life with the clear understanding that it is the Guru who is running his life - adverse or otherwise, completely emptying the mind of personal likes and dislikes, seeing everything as Guru's leela, attains realization
To collect people living around one's home and help them chant the Lord's Name is verily service to the Guru. Or to follow the special instruction given to him/her by the Guru is verily 'service' to the Guru.