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Blessed Self,

Hari OM and Namaste!

THOUGHTS:

Making Use of the Mantra - By Swami Chinmayananda!

With this quiet mind, chant your favorite mantra continuously, and remain conscious of the mind chanting the mantra.

     An inspiring word, a divine verse, or a statement from the scripture becomes a mantra when it is repeated in the mind and we feel uplifted by it. Out of the many chants and hymns available, select a favorite one and let the mind become absorbed with its essential meaning. After that, hum the tune and chant it.

     As the mantra is being chanted in the mind, we become aware of the atmosphere of devotion that is created in ourselves. At the peak of this repetition, when we are extremely conscious of the chanting, the chanting is eventually brought down to a mental whisper.

     Ultimately, remove the mantra from the mind, and learn to be conscious of the remaining silence. When we are conscious of that silence, it is the highest point of mental tuning. Repeated practice can deepen this silence, and bring the mind into more and more quietude.

     Having brought the mind into this attitude of adoration for the Self, do not initiate any new thoughts. Come down from this state in steady, slow stages. To remain in that atmosphere of peace and devotion, every religion prescribes prayers, hymns, chants and invocations that contain the qualities of the Lord and the glory of that state.

     Maintain the mind in that attitude as long as possible without hastening into the fields of action or work. Even after rising from the seat, move about in the house softly, and slowly continue with obligatory duties and responsibilities.

     These attempts to quieten the mind are called meditation, but in fact, they all are preparations for meditation. We have now created the conducive quietude in the mind for the intellect to begin its inquiry into the various exercises in contemplation advised in the Upanisads and the Bhagavad-gita.
Silence the mind and listen - this is the final state of meditation.

With Prem and OM
Shivatmananda
 
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