AHYMSIN newsletter, Issue - November 2011  

The Human Being Is on a Pilgrimage

by Swami Rama

“The human being is on a pilgrimage. His goal is the eternal abode, where he finds perfect happiness, peace, and bliss. The ignorant ones who consider this earth their permanent abode are deluded. Every moment of life until one reaches his eternal is precious. Therefore one should remember the Lord in every moment. That practice is called ajapa japa. Those who remember the name of the Lord in every breath of their lives are the fortunate few. When a student learns to remember the name of God in silence with a one-pointed mind and strengthens that habit, he can continue practicing anywhere and everywhere he goes. Thus ajapa japa leads one to constant awareness of the Self, which helps him during the period of departure.” - Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita

Swami Rama writes further about ajapa japa in Choosing a Path:

“In the path of bhakti one of the easiest practices is to remember God’s name – a mantra or a word – constantly. Ajapa japa, remembering God’s name constantly, becomes a part of life and makes one aware of the Lord all the time. Constant remembrance makes a deep groove in the unconscious mind, for the unconscious mind is actually the seat of habit formation. Once the habit is formed, then it becomes part of individual life. Ajapa japa is that state of remembering God’s name in which a devotee does all his duties, yet remembers God all the time, even during sleep. It is an effortless way of remembering God, but a constant and long practice of japa is necessary. Those who have formed a habit of ajapa japa enjoy inner silence without any effort. They do their duties and remember the Lord’s name all the time.”

Editor’s Note:

These are excerpts from Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Rama and published by the Himalayan Institute Press in 1985 and Choosing a Path by Swami Rama and published by The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy of the USA in 1982.

You might also enjoy reading the chapter “My Grandmaster in Sacred Tibet” in the book Living with the Himalayan Masters by Swami Rama.

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