Q&A with Br. Dayamrita Chaitanya
Preparing for Darshan
Swamiji, Amma will be with us shortly in November and many of us will be attending Her programs. What should our attitude be around Amma to be able to fully receive Her blessings? Should we prepare ourselves mentally through Sadhana, ahead of time?
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When we go to see a master, we have to have an open mind. Open mind means a mind that does not have any negativities or preconceived notions. We cannot go to a mahatma with certain ideas, for example, “I want this, I want that” or “When I go to Amma, Amma is going to fulfill this or take away my problems.”
We can categorize people who go to Amma into two categories - One category wants something -- they want a house or a good wife/husband or children or a good boss. And the other category don’t want something – they don’t like their job or their boss or their wife or husband and they don’t like the situation they are in and they want to get out of that.
When we go with all these preconceived notions and desires, of course, Amma’s blessings will be with us, but we cannot get the full fruit of our darshan with Amma. Going with an open mind means a mind that is absolutely blank and not expecting anything. A mind that is completely calm and subdued and with no thoughts. So, how do we reach there is the question.
Usually our mind is not quiet. It has a lot of thoughts coming up and there are so many things going on in our mind, and so it is always agitated. We have so many problems due to thoughts arising in our mind. That’s why, one of things we recommend is spiritual practice. The basic purpose of doing spiritual practice is to subdue the mind and make it calm and thoughtless. Definitely you can do fasting or mantra japa or chant Sahasranama (1000 names) a few times before you go to meet Amma. This will definitely help and facilitate our darshan with Amma.
I cannot prescribe ‘a’ method for somebody because if I say that you should fast for seven days, it will not work for a diabetic. They cannot fast. They can do mantra japa or chant Sahasranamas a few times before meeting Amma. Of course, all these things are there, plus Amma always says that our greatest duty to God is relieve the suffering of the poor and the underprivileged. We have to think about them first and if we help them, Amma’s grace will flow into us and we are more able to receive Her love and care than we would normally be able to. This is the most important thing; of course we have to do our mantras, spiritual practices but we should also be doing something which will help other people.
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