And, a whole bunch of people carry miniature amulets and statuettes, with Obama leading the way, carrying a Hanuman statue, among other things :) I read somewhere that carrying a three dimensional image of a deity helps..
February being the Valentines day month, we will talk briefly on the KLEEM mantra/sound -- this is the Love/Relationship Mantra !! Most of us might haveheard mantras with prefix
"Om Hreem Kleem" etc etc, typically chanted by Pundits. during poojas... I realized fairly recently that KLEEM is to attract love/relationships and probably is a spiritual solution. There are many videos you may reference, but this one sounded most interesting.
Thank you for the RSVP for the upcoming meetup on Sunday, Feb 4th,,
The agenda is appended at the very end for reference. With ref to our topic of discussion "Establishing a Connection With God", and the Mantras (or sacred names or God/sounds) typically used to stay connected with God. I guess some additional information might help:
The point of any sacred sound, as far as I understand, is that the SOUNDS CAN CREATE. there are plenty of examples in the scriptures of the world. (see some examples below)..Isn't it great? How many of us have actually used a mantra and tested its efficacy?
This documentary film, shot and produced in Lucknow, India, includes interviews with Papaji along with rare footage of Sri Ramana Maharshi. There are also testimonials from some of the many people who have attained freedom through Papaji's presence and grace.
Anita worked in the corporate field before being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Four years after being diagnosed her body began shutting down. As her organs failed she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience where she realised the cause of her disease as well as waking up to who she truly is. On regaining consciousness she found her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from hospital within weeks.
The real question is, what are we pursuing??...GOD or the so called "rewards" (Health, wealth, relationships,name,fame etc)... The fact is most of us pursue rewards, which is normal. As believers, we "expect" God to help us in our pursuits!! Hence the question, "Would you still call God as GOD if he/she/it cannot do anything for you?.
We judge God by the ability to help us to achieve the desires of our minds. The logic of the mind is that "The atheist may be equally rewarded or more rewarded despite his non-belief and your belief" ... the quick response from the spiritualist is "ok, so be an atheist, if that looks more profitable" . The point is, in every human being, there is an inner thirst for something, which cannot be satisfied by obtaining the "rewards", whatsoever!
To get Love of God for God's sake is not easy, and is highly acclaimed in all scriptures..but the point scriptures want to tell us is, after some time, material pursuits will fail to satisfy us .and that the true happiness is found only in GOD..A life full of material prosperity but devoid of God, would be meaningless, from a spiritualist's perspective..Nature knows how to pull the rug below out feet, in a snap, and we suddenly we could suddenly find many things we value now, utterly of no use !!
In the spiritual pursuit, "Mr.Mind" will continue to play the distracting games like this and do the "throwing stones" thing...."look there", "look here" etc.. "look at the atheist, he has no problem" ..."see, god has given you nothing, and you have been praying to for so long"... "Mr. Mind" will ask us do something now, and the next moment, it will ask us" why we did it :).. We need to use our discrimination (and logic) to bring the mind back to the path of God!
Now, the ancient seers of all religions understood human frailties and they have suggested many spiritual solutions to the problems of life...we can discuss/experiment with them in due course.
Let me take a quick stab at it. Would like to start-off with a counter question? "what would prove God's existence" ? Miracles?
To me, God IS Existence, it doesn't require a proof...Now, if the mind requires a logical proof with a language, that would be a hard-sell because God is beyond the mind. The purpose of pretty much all medicational practices is to go beyond the mind. For example, the difference between a living body and a dead body is presence of life energy, which makes everything work.. This life energy is called by different names, soul, consciousness etc. Hope that helps.
The debate between atheists & believers is ancient and continues to this day!! It has never gotten anywhere! Every argument broken by a different argument, spiced by trading insults & taunts!!
Check out the heated debate between Deepak Chopra vs Sam Harris , regarding the existence of God :) :)
Most of us are too busy with work to take note of moon phases and its impact on mind. While God is always accessible, nature makes certain times very conducive for one's spiritual progress