The Mother Divine
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By Sri Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath

Monistic worship is of three forms, Angababadha) (Pratika and ahamgraha, that is to say, worship confined to ‘Sama’ Song, symbol-worship and meditation on the identity of Self and Brahman. The same goal as is reached by worship of this triple order can be easily reached by the singing of the Name of God in this degenerate age of Kali. That is why I have repeated thrice “Hari Naam, Hari Naam, Hari Naam, kevalam”.

 Svadhyaya or study of the Sastras leads to Yoga; Svadhyaya fetches Yoga; the strength of Svadhyaya and Yoga reveals the Supreme.

Yoga is based on 'pranayama' or breath-control. But creatures of this degenerate age, devoid as they are of 'brahmacharya’ or capacity for continence, cannot be expected to practise ‘pranayama’ which consists in ‘purak’, ‘kumbhak’ and ‘rechak’ or inhalation, retention and exhalation of breath. By simple chanting of the Name of God, this three-fold pranayama will be automatically practised, which is why I have repeated it thrice. This Name of God is indeed the only resort of creatures combining the triple nature called sattvik, rajasic and tamasik. Hence the triple repetition.
Karma is of three classes,  ‘nitya’, ‘naimittik’, and ‘kamya’, that is to say, regular routine duty of an obligatory character, occasional Karma irregularly performed and work undertaken with a specific object in view. This three-fold karma will seldom be properly accomplished owing to the adverse effect of the age. Defects in the performance of all these three types of karma stand at once annulled by mere chanting of the divine Name. Hence the triple repetition.

A bhakta can directly realize My essence which is of bliss all compact by ‘shravan’, ‘manan’ and ‘nidhidhyasan’, or study of the Upanisads with the help of Guru, argument or discussion with oneself and rigorous meditation. This realization is easily accessible to short-lived, feeble brained and disease ravaged creatures of this degenerate age if only they care to adopt the Name of God. Hence the triple repetition.

Unique! Unique! How your warm assurance overpowers me. I am beside myself. Joy fills me to the very brim, as it seems. I feel like taking to the Name and chanting It constantly.

Merely feeling like that won’t do; you must get to chant.

Go on, please  go on.

Listen. Dhyana, Dharana  and Samadhi, these three taken together constitute ‘samyam’ by practice of which all one’s pain can be made to cease once and for all. By simple chanting of “Hari Hari”, one can one achieve the very same end. Which indeed is why I repeat thrice:

 ‘Asti’, ‘bhati’, ‘priya’, these are the three states of the Soul. ‘Asti’ mean ‘Exists’, ‘bhati’ means ‘Shines’ and ‘Priya’ means ‘Pleasing’. Because these three states shall be directly realized by simple chanting of ‘Hari Hari’, I repeat it thrice.

Brahman is innocent of the three fold difference, ‘swagat’, ‘swajaatiya’, ‘vijaatiya’, that is, internal difference (as between whole and part), difference between two members of the same species and difference between members of different species.

Karma, Bhakti and Jnana, these three are ways that lead to moksa. But none of these are quite suited to this age. Men of this age will find it exceedingly difficult to practice any of these; at every step will they err in case they follow any of these ways.  The Name   of God, however, is the one and only 'Mahamantra' for correcting the lapses of all seekers, be they followers of Karma, Bhakti or Jnana. That also is why I repeat it thrice.

Sat’ or existence, ‘Chitt’ or consciousness and ‘Ananda’ or bliss —these are the three aspects of Brahman, Sandhini is the power of action revealing 'existence'; the power that reveals consciousness is your ‘Sambit Jnana Sakti’ and the power that expresses 'Ananda' is ‘Hladini Sakti’ which means the power that gladdens. These three forms of Brahman can be at once realised by simple Chanting of the Name. Bo I repeat it thrice.

Only chant the Name. Take no notice of anything else, think absolutely of nothing else, I will do everything for you.

I am blessed indeed. I am gratified. May Your Name for ever vibrate in the strings of my heart’s lyre. Oh Master! Do please vouchsafe this blessing unto me. Oh Lord of my soul! Do please grant this one and only favour. Naught else do I desire. Let me only chant your Name night and day. May I only resort to thy Name, when I am lying down, when I am dreaming and when I am awake.

So shall it be – do, do chant the Name.

Sitaram, Sitaram, Sitaram.
Sitaram, Sitaram, Sitaram.