[2nd President and Spiritual Head: the Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa]
[now a Centre of the international Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission]
Selected from Mother Radha's recordings of Swamiji.
Swamiji telling a story about Swami Ramdas [pictured above]
Some devotees of Ram Naam [repeating the name of Lord Rama as their mantra] had been repeating Ram Naam continuously for several years. They had taken a vow to repeat it at all times. They both developed a severe headache. They were suffering intense pain and approached Swami Ramdas for a remedy. Ramdas found that they were chanting Ram Naam continuously with great strain in order to keep their vow. Although they attained stillness of mind, they continued the practice – hence the strain and headache. Ramdas asked them to stop the practice. They did so.
When they came to Ramdas after a week he found they were quite happy and free from the headache. Unless it gives you joy, it is no sadhana [spiritual practice]. When you feel any strain, you should stop it. Pranayama [yoga breathing], meditation or any spiritual practice will do serious harm if you tire yourself out in the process. You see, this is why one of Master [Sri Ramakrishna's] children [monastic, Swami disciples] said 'rather than doing that [strained sadhana] take a little walk, sing some songs.'
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