The Day That Counts is the Day That Includes the Repetition of God’s Names

“Simran done with faith
produces a unique feeling in the heart.
By doing Simran
a feeling of bliss and divine influence fills the heart.
This state is produced sooner or later,
according to the individual devotee’s sanskaras
[predominating nature, the result of past karmic impressions].”

(Sant Kirpal Singh, Philosophy of the Masters)

“Simran” is the spiritual exercise of remembering God, choosing to become centered in God, by repeating a name or names of God. It is a key practice of the masters and mystics. On the Path of the Masters, simran, also known as manas jap (the mental repetition of sacred names), is how one begins daily meditation practice. The repeating of a name or names of God is also done during opportune moments throughout the day and night. According to the teachings of the masters, simran/manas jap (mentally chanting names in your mind with the “tongue of thought”) is not intended to be a dry mantra practice. Done correctly and most effectively, simran is performed with a spirit of love (bhakti), as if one is calling out to one’s Beloved:

“If the person repeats the name with love, distress is dissolved and one lives in happiness.” (Sant Tulsi Das)

“The practitioner who does Jap [simran] sitting in a secluded place with the right method and immense love [bhakti] becomes an excellent devotee.” (Shri Swami Bhagirath Baba)

“Only the day spent
In repetition of the Lord’s Name
Is reckoned fruitful
In the court of the Lord.
He who is absorbed in the Name,
The Lord is always with him
As his companion.
The day spent in repetition
Alone counts in the Lord’s court.
Ceaselessly burns the lamp of Maya,
And men and gods, like moths,
Rush blindly into its flames.
Having attained the state
Of poise and detachment,
Kabir, the Lord’s slave,
Has swum across the ocean
And reached the haven.”

— Guru Kabir, from the Kabir Granthavali

On this Path of the Masters there are books that represent the “science of the esoteric”, providing technical details about subtle bodies, inner regions, karma, meditation practice, and so on. And there is also the poetic side expressing the heart of mysticism. In English, the words of many bhajans and banis (hymns) of Saints (Sants) have become available. They read like poetry or psalms. Rumi poetry is similar. These Mystics of the East provide very beautiful and bhakti devotional teachings — the Way of the Lover and the Beloved. There are the compositions of Kabir, the Guru Granth, Namdev, Ravidas, Dadu, Mirabai, Dayabai, Sahjo Bai, Tulsi Das, Paltoo Sahib, Surdas, Tukaram — so many great souls. These are such priceless sources of inspiration. It’s absolutely essential for the initiate/satsangi to be in touch with the bhakti side of the path.

— Love Opens a Portal to God — Light and Sound on the Path — e-Newsletter/Blog of Spiritual Quotes & Satsang Discourses:

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