Smaranam Bhakti – third step on the Nine-Fold path of Devotion

Smaranam means “Remembering the Lord”. The first step is listening to the glories of the Lord (SHRAVANAM), for that is how one comes to know the Lord. The second step is singing and glorifying His name (KEERTANAM), and the third step is remembering the Lord, His glories and His teachings (SMARANAM).
Chanting of any mantra is the same as remembering God, provided the mind concentrates on the mantra and understands what it stands for. The more we chant the mantra the more we remember and deeper it sinks into our subconscious mind.
Baba loved the ‘Nama Smaranam.’ He constantly repeated the words “Allah Malik” and he used to arrange Nama Smaranam in his presence day and night. Once he commanded Das Ganu to conduct a seven-day Nama Smaranam, then Das Ganu said, “I will start but Vithal should appear.” To this Baba, laying his hand on his heart said, “yes, Vithal in person will appear, but the devotee should be full of faith.” After the completion of the seven – day chanting Das Ganu had darshan of the Lord Vithal in reality.
Without Smaranam one cannot grow. Smaranam melts all negativities in the mind and fills it with the beauty that is SAI/RAM/KRISHNA/HARI.
Remembering the Lord’s leelas and repeating His Name is a simple exercise! One does not need a special time, place or qualification to do it. Nama Smaranam can cure and save one from all difficulties.
As Mahatma Gandhi once said: “The mantra becomes one’s staff of life and carries one through every ordeal. It is repeated not for the sake of repetition but for the sake of purification. Each repetition has a new meaning and carries you nearer and nearer to the Lord.”

“Om Sai Namo Namah Shri Sai Namo Namah Jai Jai Sai Namo Namah Sadguru Sai Namo Namah.”


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