Q: May I ask you some advice about Ma Anandamayi’s instruction on Nama Japa?
You noted that she emphasized the word must be a Name. I was just curious about if you knew more about this from Ma?
Ma said that there was no need to do japa of a formal mantra. For example, instead of Om Namah Shivaya the sadhaka need only do japa of the simple Name: Shiva. She also said there was no need of formal diksha to take up the practice of such japa.
Q: I have read that when people said that they were not getting effect from Japa, Ma said it was because they do not control their desires. She compared Nam to medicine and control of desires to healthy/correct diet. Again, could you help by sharing more of what exactly Ma meant, if possible?
The Divine Name is all powerful, yet the sadhaka should do his best to order his life so he will be responsive to the power of the Name.
Pure vegetarian diet and living a moral life is very necessary to the sadhaka. Otherwise he is simply resisting and going against the shakti of the Holy Name.
Everyone has trouble with delusive desires and thoughts, but if he continually calls on the Holy Name while doing his best to purify his thought and life, then that Divine Name will indeed become his deliverer from the bonds of karma and samsara. This I can assure you is true.
However, do not wait to take up the japa of God’s Name. Right away begin calling on God with a firm intention to make any needed changes in your life and thought.
Ma often said: The desire to know God is the way to God. Be assured that God is ready to give you all the help you need in seeking Him.
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