Nama Article 24th March 2016
Swami Papa Ramdas
Initiation from the Guru gives a new birth to you. While a mother gives you physical birth, the Guru gives you spiritual birth — a birth in which you realise eternal peace and bliss. The Name automatically comes to your mind without any struggle if you get initiation from a saint who has realized God. He takes the responsibility for your repeating the Name constantly.
When Ramdas first started on the path, he found that he was getting a certain measure of peace by the repetition of the name of God which he himself had chosen. Later he received the Mantra from his Guru and started repeating it. The result was remarkable. The mind not only became still and calm but also continuously bathed in an ocean of peace.
Then he found the difference between repetition of a Name chosen by oneself and repetition of a Mantra given by a Guru. From this you can make out that a Mantra given by a Guru is more powerful than the Name which you have chosen for yourself. This does not mean that God's name is less powerful than the Mantra. What is important is, receiving the Mantra from a saint. It may be said that a Name repeated before initiation leads the aspirant to his Guru who will give him proper initiation. So the struggle necessarily leads the devotee to a saint from whom he receives the initiation and his spiritual backing, with the result that the progress of the aspirant on the path to God-realisation becomes steady, sure and rapid.