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Swami Vivekananda on Japa and Chanting of Om

Japa is repeating the Holy Name; through this the devotee rises to the Infinite. This boat of sacrifice and ceremonies is very frail; we need more than that to know Brahman, which alone is freedom. Liberty is nothing more than destruction of ignorance, and that can only go when we know Brahman. It is not necessary to go through all these ceremonials to reach the meaning of the Vedanta. Repeating Om is enough.

Swami Vivekananda

Source: The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda – Volume 7 – Inspired Talks – Monday, July 8, 1895