1 Book that changed my life, Nama-Japa... the Core of Mother's practice

Japa (Sanskrit: जप) is the meditative repetition of a mantra or a divine name. It is a practice found in Buddhism,[1] Hinduism,[2] Jainism[3] and Sikhism.[4][5]
The mantra or name may be spoken softly, enough for the practitioner to hear it, or it may be spoken within the reciter's mind. Japa may be performed while sitting in a meditation posture, while performing other activities, or as part of formal worship in group settings. 

My first visit to India brought me to Puducherry and Mother-Shri Aurobindo's ashram... 

One day in the book store, I asked the question if they had a book on Japa-Mantra Meditation... there are very few you can find in the west, try looking on Amazon, you might find a handful...

So, when I asked I didn't have high hopes, and when the woman said no, I nearly walked out... but THEN this book appeared in my hand... WHAT a GIFT! Thank MOTHER, I asked!!!

It was like THUNDER struck me!

And reading it was even more amazing...

I felt a completeness in me about my LOVE of chanting...

At some moments I have questioned my passion about this practice of Japa, but this book made me realize... this doubt might just be because I was born- woke up on the wrong side of the bed or world that is LOL... 

There was 1 paragraph that fortified my PERSONAL-FAITH... a real AFFIRMATION, of something I always knew but my mind would try to make me doubt, when I was reacting to my life path...

It affirmed all I knew in my heart. Talk about Self-Aknowledgement... A REAL clarification in words and DOWNLOAD of Eternal wisdom...

Mother: "I have come to realize that this sadhana of the body, the mantra is essential. Sri Aurobindo gave none; he said that one should be able to do all the work without having to resort to external means. Had he reached the point where we are now, he would have seen that the purely psychological method is inadequate and that a japa is necessary, because only japa has a direct action on the body. So I had to find it the method alone, to find my mantra by myself. But now that things are ready, I have done ten years of work in a few months. That is the difficulty, it requires time... And I repeat my mantra constantly-when I am awake and even when I sleep. I say it when I am getting dressed, when I eat, when I work, when I speak with others; it is there, just behind in the background, all the time, all the time. In fact, you can immediately see the difference between those who have a mantra and those that don't. With those who have no mantra, even if they have a strong habit of meditation or concentration, something around them remains hazy and vague. Whereas the japa imparts to those who practice it a kind of precision, a kind of solidity; an armature. They become galvanized, as it were." The Mother's Agenda Vol. 1 1951-1960, p.301

Next time your heart tells you something LISTEN... these messages can change the rest of your life... Be brave... and if all you want to do is chant... CHANT... don't let anything tell you otherwise... If you LOVE something, the DIVINE within... wants nothing more than you to DO IT. Never ask why, because you could spend the rest of your life, having your MIND answer... instead of enjoying all that calls to YOU.

Love and warmth :  )

Michael Nardi