Can Mantra Chanting Bestow Siddhi (God-Realization)?-1

Portions of the following post have been taken from an article published in the Akhand Jyoti, a magazine of the Gayatri Pariwar, founded by Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya. In this excerpted conversation Shriram Sharma Acharya explains in a wonderfully simple way, why a mere verbal repetition of mantras (like a parrot) is not sufficient to take us to God-realization. Instead the mind and heart must also synchronize with the outward chanting. This inner synchronization is possible only if we grasp the true meaning of the mantra and accordingly work hard to transform all our thoughts and actions. Without such a purification of the mind and heart no amount of outward chanting will bear fruit.

 “Today people mistakenly believe that spirituality consists in parroting mantras, or blindly performing rituals, or bribing the idols in temples with offerings of food or gold.

People never put the effort to transform their thoughts, characters and attitudes in the light of the indwelling Spirit, which is what constitutes genuine spirituality.”

– Shriram Sharma Acharya

One day a disciple of Gurudev Shriram Sharma Acharya asked him: “Gurudev! You have chanted the Gayatri mantra millions of times. I know many others who have chanted the Gayatri mantra similarly, but why could they not attain Siddhi (God-realization) like you?”

Gurudev smiled and said: “My son, I have chanted the Gayatri mantra, but along with it I have worked hard to refine my inner self (my mind and its bad tendencies). Without doing this no spiritual powers can be attained. All attempts are futile.”

“I have washed my mind like a washerman scrubs dirty clothes. How can a person attain to God-realization by outwardly chanting mantras alone?”

 

Om Namah Shivay

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