Q. While in conversation or doing brain work or when one is suddenly worried, can one recite Ramanama (the name of God) in one's heart? Do people do so at such times, and if so, how?
A. Experience shows that man can do so at any time, even in sleep, provided
Ramanama is enshrined in his heart. If the taking of the name has become a
habit, its recitation through the heart becomes as natural as the heart beat.
Otherwise, Ramanama is a mere mechanical performance, or, at best, has touched
the heart only on the surface. When Ramanama has established its dominion over
the heart, the question of vocal recitation does not arise. Because, then it
transcends speech. But it may well be held that persons who have attained this
state are few and far between.
There is no doubt whatsoever that Ramanama contains all the power that is attributed to
it. No one can, by mere wishing, enshrine Ramanama in his heart. Untiring effort
is required as also patience. What an amount of labour and patience have been
lavished by men to acquire the non-existent philosopher's stone? Surely, God's
name is of infinitely richer value and always existent.