Devotional Singing – Bhajan & Namsmaran
Devotional Singing / Bhajan
- Devotional singing / bhajans is the process of singing that originates in the heart, not from the lips or the tongue. It is the expression of the joyous thrill that wells up from the heart when the Glory of God is remembered. It is the spontaneous manifestation of inner ecstasy. By singing bhajan one can one train the mind to expand into eternal values. Teach the mind to revel in the glory and majesty of God; wean it away from petty horizons of pleasure. Devotional singing induces in you a desire for experiencing the truth, to glimpse the beauty that is God, to taste the bliss that is the Self. It encourages man to dive into himself and be genuinely his real Self.
- Select some Name and Form for this all-pervasive immanent God and keep It on your tongue and before your mental eye. That is what is called recitation of the Name-cum-meditation (japa-sahita-dhyanam). When you select one Name and one Form for repetition, do not talk ill of other Names and Forms
- The present age is described in the scriptures as very conducive to liberation, for, while in past ages, rigorous penance was prescribed as the means, the present iron age (kali yuga) requires only repetition of the name of God (namasmarana) to win liberation. When the name of the Lord is remembered with all the glory that is associated with It, a great flood of happiness wells up in the mind. The Lord is full of bliss, and in fact He is Bliss Itself. All this Bliss is to be tasted through the Name. Vyasa himself knew this, for when some sages once went to him to find out which period (yuga) is most conducive to success in man’s efforts for liberation, Vyasa anticipated their question and repeated to himself aloud, “How fortunate are those destined to be born in the kali yuga! It is so easy to win the grace of the Lord in the kali yuga by repetition of the name.”