“In whom dwells the entire jagat, whose being lends existence to the very jagat, who is a source of blessing, unto him, Bhagavan Vasudeva, our salutation.”
In February 2004, I gave a series of talks to a group of students and yoga teacher from the US, on the mantra ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya’. Sri Ramanand Patel, an outstanding teacher of yoga as well as a student of Vedanta, conducted the camp at our ashram in Rishikesh, on the banks of the River Ganga. He was ably assisted by Pundit Sri Mukesh Desai, an exponent of Hindustani classical music and Susanne Kemmerer, a teacher of yoga and a trained physiotherapist.
Sri Mukesh had already taught the mantra to the students of the camp. Keeping my audience in view, I covered every aspect of that mantra. Swamini Ramananda, one my disciples, transcribed, edited and presented them without disturbing the classroom format.
Being a series of talks on one single mantra, repetition is inevitable. I have taken the liberty to re-edit a few portions to maintain the continuity of thought. While editing, I thought it would be a good book both for a beginner as well as for those who are dedicated to study yoga and Vedanta.
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