Simran Practice, the Repetition of a Name or Names of God — Mystic Poetry of Sant Dadu Dayal of Rajasthan
The repetition of the holy names is the truest spiritual technique. An uninterrupted inner repetition of the holy names given by the living Master has to be practiced daily with love, devotion and one-pointed attention. One thereby transcends one’s body and is transported to the realms of light.
The repetition develops into an ongoing spontaneous process, and one catches the unceasing inner Music, which takes him to its Source and reveals God face to face. One is therefore exhorted to search daily for the Source of this Unstruck Music. Whatever one does and wherever one happens to be, he is asked to be a sacrifice unto His Name and to have ardent longing to behold Him and hear his voice.
The Name functions at two levels: at a human level as the holy words granted by a true living Master, which are repeated to focus the attention and at God’s level, as the Divine Melody called Shabd, experienced as soul consciousness. Sant Dadu Dayal:
From within, the indwelling Lord Himself tells me,
“The repetition of My Name alone is true;
all else is delusion.”
The Name, the essential Truth of the three worlds,
alone is efficacious, O Dadu.
With discrimination, repeat it exclusively
day and night, O mind.
At every breath be devoted to it,
and your Beloved will meet you one day.
Repetition is the path leading to bliss;
thus has the Master explained.
Be dedicated to God every moment,
even if you are to lose your life;
No other way is there to support the self.
Japi gobind bisari jinni jai
Repeat the Name of God and forget Him not,
Fulfil the purpose of your birth.
by practicing concentration.
Be steadfast in the remembrance of God,
Practise meditation with love
And sing the glory of God.
The human body is the door to salvation.
Repeat the name of God, the Creator of the universe.
So long as a dreadful disease has not come,
So long as death has not consumed your body,
So long as the Sound has not been withdrawn,
Render service to the Lord.
People remember not God while the opportunity exists.
When life is gone, none can remember.
So long as one lives, he sleeps; but later on, he repents.
The servant is engaged in the service of the Lord.
He alone succeeds who is wakeful.
For the devoted disciple of the Guru,
Darkness and delusion are dispelled.
He reverts not and is well set on the path.
Look thoughtfully and understand, O mind;
You shall not find such an opportunity again.
Having come to the world,
If it is up to you to win or lose.
I have explained this to you in so many ways,
again and again, says Dadu.
Bhakti of the Sound of God
One finds the Lord within the body
By playing the unstruck inner veena. *
By going through the region of the void,
The Lord is seen with ease.
* A stringed musical instrument, considered to be the oldest of Indian classical instruments. Mystics have used the music of the veena as a symbol of the nature of the unending, unstruck Music or Sound heard in the eternal realm, Sat Lok or Sach Khand.
Search for the Beloved close to the place
From where the Sound emerges
And you shall find Him, says Dadu.
There is solitude there, and there is luster of light.
Turn back within yourself, O wise one,
And search inside, says Dadu.
Give up the habit of going out.
He is close to you, O foolish one.
One who, turning the attention inward,
Brings it within the self,
And fixes it on the Radiant Form of the Master,
Is indeed wise, O Dadu.
Fix your attention within;
Sing always the inner Music with the soul.
By using the collyrium, * O Dadu,
the true Guru has opened all the closed eyes.
Lo, the deaf begin to hear with their ears,
and the mute speak with their mouths.
* Made of herbs and various substances, collyrium is imputed to have magical properties and is used in the eyes to improve sight.
If a true Master is met, all is set right.
Taking one aboard, he goes across to the other shore,
He pulls one out of the mouth of Kal
and makes the Sound reverberate in one’s ears.
Such a Guru have I found, says Dadu,
who brings the dead to life. *
* Spiritually dead, by physically alive.
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