Om Namah Shivaya, Om Sri Sathya Sai Babaya Namaha, Allah Ho Akbar, Om Sai Ram, I Am I
Chanting the divine name–any name of God whichever is preferred, has so many benefits that one just can not go wrong in developing this habit. In India, this spiritual practice is called Namasmarana, but this technique is used extensively in many religions and by people of all faiths who are on a spiritual path.
Why chant the name of God? Let’s take a look at just a few of the benefits… The first and most obvious, is that whatever we focus on we become.
In the domain of the mind it is known that our thoughts create our world. If our thoughts are negative or pessimistic, they will bring to us experiences which reflect the worst that can happen. On the other hand, if we hold our focus on what we want to create, we will witness its creation. Think positive thoughts and experience positive outcomes. This is the law of cause and effect.
It is important to hold a mental picture of how we want to be, or what we want to experience. Name and form are inseparable, so when we say the name of God, the picture of the form we are referring to naturally comes to mind. There is a saying that goes, “If you can hold it in your mind, you can hold it in your hand.” By holding the image of God in our mind, we can definitely become more like God and manifest our divine nature.
Another reason to develop this habit is to raise the vibration of the energy field around us called our aura. I recently heard about an experiment done using a dowsing rod. Dowsing is a technique for searching for underground water, minerals, or anything invisible, by observing the motion of a pointer (traditionally a forked stick, now often paired bent wires) supposedly in response to unseen influences.
Two subjects were involved and their invisible auras were to be measured with a dowsing rod. The first was told to think positive thoughts of the other. The second was instructed to think critical thoughts of the first subject. The auras of these two subjects were then dowsed by a third person using a dowsing rod. The aura of the positive thinking subject was dowsed with a rod, revealing a very large and expanded auric field, while the aura of the critical thinker was measured by the dowsing rod to be very close to the subjects body and withdrawn. Positive thoughts created a large expanded aura while negative thoughts caused the aura to be contracted.
To validate that point in another way, I recently watched a youtube vidoeo made by a kinesiologist to demonstrate muscle testing and how our muscles are affected by our thoughts. He performed a muscle test on a client, first instructing the client to think of a word like truth and tested his muscle response to be strong. Then he told the same client to hold in his mind a word with a negative connotation, and tested his muscles to be weak.
If we constantly hold the divine name of God in our mind, we can be assured that our energy field will be expanded, as it would be if we were to always hold positive and loving thoughts in our mind.
And still another good reason to chant the name is to constantly be in the divine presence. As spirit, we go where our mind takes us. In my last post called A Vision Quest, I mentioned how I could see pictures of scenery shifting and changing around me during my three day stay in the dark as my thoughts changed. This was due to the fact that I was in the dark for so long and I was seeing from my 6th chakra or third eye. The world of light that we usually see was not visible to me, and in the dark, I became hyper-sensitive to the shifting scenery that accompanied my thoughts. When I sang a song to Lord Shiva I appeared to be in a Shiva cave when in fact I was all the while in a canvas covered sweat lodge. The point being that where our mind is–we are, and if our mind is with God (or with our God self) then so are we.
And I can’t think of any place that I would rather be!