Today I did about two hours of meditative contemplation this morning. I reflected upon the Bible and its role and its verses, and it was easy to see which verse carried the most meaning and especially as it pertains to our modern times. In short, Romans 10:13 from the New Testament says “He/She who calls upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.” When Jesus was on the cross, the criminal to his right being crucified said ‘Lord Jesus, when you come into your kingdom, please remember me’.” Jesus replied “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” Now, this man did not learn the Bible. He did not get baptized. He was not initiated into a mantra or prayer with a guru. He was an outcast who was caught probably stealing to survive and now was dying alongside Jesus. Still, Jesus recognized his sincere appeal and granted him salvation. I believe the same is true for the common person like you and me. As I have mentioned in other posts at this blog, OM is the eternal name of God in Sanskrit and according to many sages, this is the Original Name of God. So, when we chant OM with great sincerity or simply breathe and mentalize OOO as we breathe in and MMM as we breathe out, we are invoking the same request/appeal for compassion, love, healing, salvation, and whatever God knows to be our true needs. Faith is not an easy path. It involves trust. But let us remember that there are thousands of true and devout sages who have tread the transcendental path of Divine Yoga in some way and all concluded that OM is the Supreme Name of God – Swami Sivananda, Swami Vivekananda, Sankaracharya, Swami Sri Yukteswar (Paramahansa Yogananda’s Guru). So, today, and every day moving forward, let us chant OM with great reverence. Let us mentalize and visualize the OM sound in our minds (ajapa yoga, union through mental invocation), and earnest contemplation. Indeed, we are calling on God just as the criminal called upon Jesus on the cross. We are all in need, always, of Divine Protection, Guidance, Grace, Love, and Salvation. Namaste.