Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda

Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Transcendence Of Ego

June 18, 2021

Transcendence Of Ego

      The word mantra can be interpreted in many different ways. “Om Namah Sivaya" can be said as a mantra and some people believe that the very structure of these words has a distinct mystical significance, so that repetition of the mantra builds up a psychic deity within you. Possible. The Jewish “Adonai Elohaina Adonai Echad”, can also be used as a mantra. A mantra may be merely a powerful spiritual instruction. It is not only a mystic formula but may be a sincere piece of advice, a counsel or teaching which can rouse the whole being.

      If the mantra is repeated as a verbal indicator of God, while looking for the substance it represents, the mind will become calm, one-pointed, awake and alert. Added to this there will be a the passion of inquiry, if one is sincerely and seriously searching for the substance.

      It is traditionally forbidden to reveal one's mantra as also any spiritual practice. Through discussion with others there is danger that someone might interfere with one's inner feelings. This has led to the advice not to talk about your spiritual practice. The whole-souled acceptance and emotional participation in what you are doing is tremendously important. The effort I put into finding the substance of the mantra leads me to the ultimate transcendence of the ego.

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