February 08, 2006

Repeating the Name of the Lord

Nama-Japa plays an important role in Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga. Even it could be said that Nama-Japa is the best method for the transformation of the body. The usefulness, method and action of Nama-Japa have been brought out by the author of this booklet in a most lucid and fascinating, yet simple manner. This book was originally written for an Indian audience and published in Oriya, one of the Indian languages. Therefore a number of the examples given in the text refer to the Indian social setting or are derived from the famous stories of India’s great mystical heritage – the famous epics of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, the Upanishads, Puranas and Vedas. Though some of these stories my be unfamiliar to the Western reader, we firmly believe that the content and message of this beautiful booklet is equally relevant and a practical help to all sincere aspirants of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga, East or West.
In the yoga of transformation, the best and unfailing method to reach the goal and to overcome without much effort all insurmountable difficulties, obstacles, and deceiving attacks of the hostile forces, is to surrender oneself at the feet of The Mother like a small child and repeat Her name. At no time is it safe to tread the path of this yoga without this impenetrable armature. The aim of this yoga is the realization of the Divine in the transformed mind, vital and body, and to be completely free from death, disease, old age, sorrow, suffering and ignorance. This is, without exception, the aim of life for everyone in this world. There is not a single person who wants sorrow, suffering, ignorance, disease, old-age and death.

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