Mundakopanishad : ( A look at the rituals ).Mantram-1.
Section-2. ( Rituals )
Mantram-1. ( A look at the rituals ).
Discussion-3. the term 'niyatam' ......
That a seeker should, in this initial stages of 'Sadhana,' follow the rituals 'niyatam'
(diligently ) is being very emphatically expressed in this mantram ( third line and third word of the mantram ).
The word 'niyatam' ( diligently ) is very pregnant.
It does not merely suggest a faithful and blind performance, but insists upon a regular practice which is continuous, intelligent, fresh and cheerful.
Rituals followed as a routine, lose all their potency.
Next : Discussion-4. 'Routine' .....'abhyasa' --- summation.
To be continued ....