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Practice of the Remembrance of God

Practice of the Remembrance of God

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Practice of the Remembrance of God
By
Sri Swami Sivananda
I am easily attainable by that ever-steadfast Yogi who constantly remembers Me daily, not
thinking of another, O Partha! (Bhagavad Gita VIII-14)

Constantly remembering the Lord throughout the life is the surest way of attaining Him. He who
remembers the Lord by fits and starts, who remembers Him for six months and then leaves the
practice, and again remembers Him for six months and so on, cannot attain Him.

Remembrance of the Lord at all times is known as Smarana. It is unbroken memory of the Name
and form of the Lord. The mind does not think of any object of the world. It is ever engrossed in
the thought of the glorious Lord alone. The mind meditates on what is heard about the glories of
the Lord and His virtues and Names, and forgets even the body. It is contented in the
remembrance of God, just as Dhruva and Prahlada did. Even Japa is only remembrance of God
and comes under this category of Bhakti. Remembrance also includes listening to the stories
pertaining to the Lord, talking of Him, teaching others about Him and meditating on His
attributes constantly.

There is no particular time for practising remembrance of God. He is to be remembered at all
times without any break, as long as one has one\u2019s consciousness intact. Right from his getting up
from sleep in the morning, until he is completely overpowered by sleep at night, a person is to
remember God. He has no other duty in this world except the remembrance of God. The
remembrance of God alone can destroy all worldly impressions. The remembrance of God alone
can turn the mind away from sense-objects.

Generally, the mind runs outside, but the remembrance of God makes it introvert and does not
allow it to run to particular objects of the world. The remembrance of God is a very difficult
method of Sadhana. It is not possible to remember Him at all times continuously. The mind
deceives the person. He may think that he is meditating on God but actually he will only be
thinking about some object of the world or something to do with name and fame. The
remembrance is equal to concentration or meditation. All the qualities which a Raja Yogi
prescribes for the practice of meditation should be acquired by a Bhakta who wishes to practise
Smarana-Bhakti. Smarana is swimming against the forceful current of the river of Maya.
Smarana leads to exclusive meditation on God, as is practised in Raja Yoga.

The company of sincere devotees is an auxiliary to the remembrance of God. The service of
Mahatmas and saints is yet another necessity. The mind cannot but remember divine things when
it is in the company of divine people. Therefore, one should have Satsang and always live with a
saint or a great Bhakta. He should not be perturbed by the censure or ridicule of the world. He
should rely upon God and rest assured that He will help him in all troubles and grant final
emancipation.

The remembrance of the Lord has given liberation even to those who thought of Him through
hatred, just as a worm, through its hatred and fear of the wasp, meditates on it and attains the
state of the latter. Haters of the Lord, like Kamsa and Sisupala, attained liberation through Vaira-
Bhakti. Constant remembrance is the fruit of all the methods of Sadhana. This is the most potent
method and the most difficult also.

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