Ramana Maharshi - Initiation in Mantras is must
Question : Can anyone get any benefit by repeating sacred syllables
[mantras] picked up casually?
Ramana Maharshi: No. He must be competent and initiated in such
mantras. This is illustrated by the story of the king and his minister.
A king visited his premier in his residence. There he was told that the
premier was engaged in repetition of sacred syllables. The king waited
for him, and on meeting him, asked what the mantra was. The premier said
that it was the holiest of all, gayatri. The king desired to be
initiated by the premier but the premier confessed his inability to
Therefore the king learned it from someone else, and,
meeting the minister later, he repeated the gayatri and wanted to know
if it was right. The minister said that the mantra was correct, but it
was not proper for him to say it. When pressed for an explanation, the
minister called to a page close by and ordered him to take hold of the
king. The order was not obeyed. The order was often repeated, and still
not obeyed. The king flew into a rage and ordered the same man to hold
the minister, and it was immediately done. The minister laughed and said
that the incident was the explanation required by the king. `How?' asked
the king. The minister replied, `The order was the same and the executor
also, but the authority was different. When I ordered, the effect was
nil, whereas, when you ordered, there was immediate effect. Similarly
Question : I am taught that mantra japa is very potent in practice.
Ramana Maharshi : The Self is the greatest of all mantras - it goes on
automatically and eternally. If you are not aware of this internal
mantra, you should take to it consciously as japa, which is attended
with effort, to ward off all other thoughts. By constant attention to
it, you will eventually become aware of the internal mantra which is the
state of realization and is effortless. Firmness in this awareness will
keep you continually and effortlessly in the current, however much you
may be engaged in other activities. By repetition of mantras, the mind
gets controlled. Then the mantra becomes one with the mind and also with
the prana [the energy that sustains the body].
When the syllables of the mantra become one with the prana, it is termed
dhyana, and when dhyana becomes deep and firm it leads to sahaja sthiti
[the natural state].
Question : I have received a mantra. People frighten me by saying that
it may have unforeseen results if repeated. It is only pranava (om). So
I seek advice. May I repeat it? I have considerable faith in it.
Ramana Maharshi : Certainly, it should be repeated with faith.
Question : Will it do by itself, or can you kindly give
me any further instructions?
Ramana Maharshi : The object of mantra japa is to realize that the same
japa is already going on in oneself even without effort. The oral japa
becomes mental and the mental japa finally reveals itself as being
eternal. That mantra is the person's real nature. That is also the state
Question : Can the bliss of samadhi be gained thus?
Ramana Maharshi : The japa becomes mental and finally reveals itself as
the Self. That is samadhi.
Source: from David Godman Excellent Book "Be As You
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