that there is great strength in the power of God’s name and its
repetition! Why is the practice of reciting God's name so advantageous
to us? Taking the name of God helps us develop focus. Presently, our
mind oscillates among different thoughts, harboring an estimated 50,000 –
80,000 thoughts a day! As we learn to engage in devotional repetition
of the divine names of God, the mind begins to settle down and get under
continued practice, just as a lamp in a windless place does not
flicker, the mind in union with God, becomes steady. This is the amazing
power of God’s name!
One of the universally accepted and uncontroversial names of God in the Vedas is 'Om.' This Om is the object of meditation in aṣhṭāṅg-yog. In the path of bhakti-yog,
devotees prefer to meditate upon the personal Names of God, such as
Ram, Krishna, Shiv, etc. because of the greater sweetness of God’s bliss
in these personal Names.
are different ways of taking God’s name, such as repetition in the
mind, speaking it out loud, or chanting. Try any of these techniques for
yourself Reader -- you will definitely find your mind more at peace and uplifted!