Nama Article 17th January 2009
Swami Papa Ramdas
You should not get dispirited over your present condition. It takes time for the lower nature in you to be subdued so that divine nature may be made manifest. In the early stages of Sadhana, all the dirt and dross residing in the mind come up to the surface and for some time the Sadhaka is so much overpowered by lower passions that he comes to well nigh despair of achieving the spiritual goal.
But he should not be disheartened. God's Name will work in him steadily and surely until all vasanas of his mind are destroyed. When you do not get proper sleep in the nights, utilize the time for the repetition of Ram Nam instead of allowing yourself to be a prey to cares and worries.
Pray to God to lift you from your present miserable mental state and take you to His hallowed feet. Try to keep Ram Nam also during the day whenever you are free. Reduce reading, even religious books, to the minimum. Let your faith not shake in the all-loving and all-merciful nature of God.
He who puts himself in His hands is never lost. Be sure of this. May His grace ever pour on you and grant you immortal peace and joy.