Talk 31 (8)

マハルシ 画像

D.: Should I not go on with repetition of sacred syllables, (mantra japa), e.g., Krishna or Rama’s name, when I worship images?

M.: Mental japa is very good. That helps meditation. Mind gets identified with the repetition and then you get to know what worship (puja) really is – the losing of one’s individuality in that which is worshipped.

信奉者:偶像を崇拝する時、聖なる言葉、例えばクリシュナやラーマの名前などを繰り返し唱えるべきでしょうか?

マハルシ:心の中で聖なる言葉を繰り返すのはとても良い。瞑想を助けることになる。心はその繰り返しと同化し、崇拝とは本当はどのようなものなのかがわかるようになる。すなわち、崇拝の対象の中に自分の個性が溶け込み、なくなることなのだ。

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