Mantras should be learnt in childhood

The mind of an individual is constantly subject to two powerful influences. On the hand, he is lured by baser instincts which involve him in committing misdeeds resulting in his treading the path of vice.

On the other hand, by Divine grace, he may choose the company of saintly souls and God’s representatives whose teachings will enable him to devote his entire attention on God and practise Dharma. These spiritual leaders will prescribe him the simplest recipe to visualise the Almighty through Mantras and meditation.

By chanting the glorious names of the Supreme Being, the pious individual will be able to overcome lust, anger, malice, avarice, ego and jealousy, the six main evils which corrupt u person. How to conquer them is explained through a parable, citing the fight between a viper and a mongoose. As and when the snake attempted to sting its enemy, the latter rushed to a nearby tree, burrowed a hole at the root, chewed a bit of it and came back.

Ultimately, the reptile exhausted all its venom when the mongoose, which had developed immunity by taking the drug, overpowered it. Esoterically this dins into us that we can escape the impact of the six strong forces by developing resistance through the chief remedy – recitation of God’s names.

This habit, however, should be cultivated from one’s formative period for when one becomes old, his failing faculties will refuse to obey his wishes. The Mantras learnt during boyhood will provide the aspirant with the ability to concentrate. The lives of Prahlada and Dhruva, both children, stand as symbols of pure devotion.

Sri V. S.Venkataramana Rao in a discourse said Prahlada the child-devotee, braved all hazards he was subjected to by his father, by chanting the Lord’s name in faith.

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