Nama Article 4th April 2014
Swami Papa Ramdas
Spiritual Discipline A Must: Stillness of the mind alone can enable you to realise the presence of God within and without you. The practice of concentration is essential. Reading any number of books cannot grant us that mental peace which spiritual discipline can. We must strive to make the mind dwell upon God by thinking of Him and His attributes, and by offering ourselves entirely to Him in thought, word and deed. If we do this by taking His holy Name, we shall be able to obtain the peace that we aspire for and retain it for all time. Of course, there will be setbacks now and again because a short-time practice cannot enable us to have permanent peace. So what we have to do is, we must persistently go on remembering God by taking His holy Name. From this it is clear that mere reading of books is not the way. Reading can give us the understanding of the reat goal we have to reach, but to achieve it we must have recourse to some mental discipline.