mantra
    japa

    "Focus on the emergence or disappearance of a sound,
    then reach a space of indescribable fullness."

    "That meditation that has no mantra
    is like a body with no soul."

    MAN-TRA "mind-taking across" -- Brings relief from worldliness and our internal
    chains.  It connects us to Source Consciousness, and we become channels of that
    inner creative force, and yet we stay submerged in our own being, free and clear.  

    MANTRA JAPA is the repetition of a mantra -- The repetition of
    very specific word-syllable-vibrations that invoke or carry us to back to Source -- A
    highly enjoyable practice that anyone can do -- Out loud, sung, whispered, mentally
    or very subtly.  Only it must be done naturally, spontaneously, with no ulterior
    motive or expectation.

    MANTRAS exist in many traditional cultures, altho maybe not called "mantras".  But
    they all refer to the same Inner Source -- and can lead us back to that Source.  
    MANTRA JAPA is said to be the best practice for this Age, when people have little
    capacity for more austere practices.

    ACTIVE MEDITATION   In this section I am emphasize MANTRA JAPA as a practice to be done
    in activity -- whether moving about, or turning the beads, or doing deep yoga breathing, or
    chanting or singing.  Mantra as a way to enter the deep meditation state of "restful alertness" is
    not my main emphasis here.



    my experience  

  • A mantra used regularly is like a good friend who's always there.

  • It can beat listening to music.  I don't need an I-Pod or a car radio.

  • When I do it in the morning it starts a current for the whole day.

  • When done from time to time during the day, it brings renewed serenity and power.

  • I like to do it with a tone and rhythm that please the inner ear -- even when done silently.

  • Sometimes I do it mentally, sometimes before meditation with deeper breathing, sometimes
    sung or chanted.  As and when it feels right.  "Variety is the spice of life."

  • It seems to be going on by itself at some deeper level.

  • I know several mantras from different traditions, but have my favorites for regular use.

  • Japa is best done when the mind is free -- walking, riding the bus, eating, going to sleep,
    during any lull in one's activity.

  • Mantra Japa and deep silent meditation support each other.  Japa can pull one right into
    meditation.

  • When Japa is done for its own sake it is so satisfying!

  • Japa can go with the rhythm of the breath, moving, walking or with Yoga.

  • Sometimes I feel to do it out loud, other times silently.

  • Japa should be done "soulfully", not in a rote mechanical way. If it starts to feel forced I stop
    -- and come back only when I feel to.



    what I learned

  • EMPOWERING A MANTRA   A mantra can become "empowered" or "enlivened" just by using it
    with devotion.  This is what Baba Hari Das told me.  Thank god, because tradition says a mantra
    is a "live mantra" only when received from an enlightened guru.  WHERE are there such gurus
    around here??  And how would I recognize them as such? ... Not by the length of his beard or
    color of his clothes, I'm sure.

  • RULES FOR JAPA   When japa is done for the love of it there are no rules -- Any one, any
    time, in any way is OK!    However, makeing a public show of any such intimate practices
    can take away the one vital ingredient needed: HUMILITY!

  • WHAT MANTRA   Any mantra used with sincerity can bring good results. Because all mantras
    emerge from the "matrika shakti" -- the "mother energy" at the inner Source of thoughts and
    words. Therefore they can all invoke lead us back to that Source. It's good to become familiar
    with mantras, prayers, affirmations, power words from even different lands to develop a universal
    understanding. CROSSCULTURAL EDUCATION is thething today.

  • Yogic texts say: the power of japa increases from the gross (out loud), to the mental, to the
    subtle AND FINALLY TO THE SILENT LEVEL -- just as science says about the levels of
    matter: gross, molecular, atomic, subatomic to the Quantum Field of pure potential.

  • NOTE: For specific purposes there is a specialized mantra science.  For example, to offset a
    bad planetary transit or to improve one's luck.  This is not to be confused with what I am
    presenting here.

    I strongly feel that all mystic teachings are the heritage of all humanity.  They belong to whoever
    uses them with sincerity.  Nobody has the right to tell you that you cannot do some practice
    because you are not born as "one of the chosen".  I have had past lives in many diverse cultures
    -- so have you!   The global space from which all emerges is MONOPOLY FREE TERRITORY!

    To fulfill mantra we have to transcend mantra.  External-only incantations, like to some god or
    leader -- without going to that inner space -- result in a horrible fanaticism.   "Heil Hitler" is a sad
    example.  Exceeding even that, about 100 million were killed in India to the shouts of "Allah
    Akbar".  On the contrary, when you get back to the Inner Source a real sense of universal
    brotherhood develops.  If humanity ever gets back to its SELF, fanaticism will be finished.


    mantra as therapy  

    MANTRA JAPA THERAPY is free and effective!   MANTRA JAPA  can even be substituted for
    meditation, in case one has discomfort due to illness.  Hear the recommendations of Zen Master
    Seung Sahn to a Vietnam Vet:

    "The only way to fix your consciousness is through strong practicing.  Two
    kinds of practicing are important: bowing and mantra. First, every day do
    bowing practice.  Slow, slow bowing.  Next is mantra ... Doing bowing and
    mantra practice doesn't have "I, my or me."  Inside and outside become
    one boom!"   

    Q. At some times I feel happy but at other times I feel sad. What can I do
    to feel happy and keep my heart open?
    A. You must do japa more regularly.


    mantras

OM NAMAH SHIVAYA

    This is a mantra that anyone can use.  You just listen to it and then do it!  It has a mysterious
    healing vibration.  You can hear it in the wind in the trees, in the waves crashing and hissing on
    the shore.  After you have done it a lot it will continuously vibrate in the heart -- and then they say
    that no other yogas will be required.  Click to hear it chanted or as an art form.

  • The mystic meaning is "I bow to or honor the Self".  
  • The root word SHIV means "auspicious, helpful, friendly".  
  • The 5 syllables NA-MA-SHI-VA-YA arepurify and revitalize the 5 elements and our 5 bodies.  
  • There is a silent final syllable which is the Self.

    "This Om Namah Shivaya is like nectar; feed everyone with this nectar. Sri
    Mahaprabhuji (the speaker) wishes that all words would disappear from
    this world, except for three - Om Namah Shivaya. This is the original
    mantra. When Primordial Energy first appeared, the first mantra that She
    uttered from Her Holy mouth was Om Namah Shivaya"


    "I do not want japa to be a pretext for idleness.  Do japa with your work
    and be liberated ... I do not want the name of the Supreme to be like
    stagnant, muddy water, but like sparkling running water.  Work and be
    light.”  


    Mythologically, SHIVA, the the Supreme Self, is the god of meditation sitting in the thousand-
    petalled chakra in the crown of the head.  SHAKTI, meaning Supreme Energy, is Shiva's consort
    who is sleeping or dormant in the root chakra.  Shiva's name awakens her and she rises up
    through the chakras to unite with her consort -- and liberation is attained!   This figurative image
    symbolizes a real and extraordinary process.


OM, AUM

    OM is not usually used for MANTA JAPA by itself.  It's more like the essence of all mantras --
    one underlying, pure, undifferentiated vibration.   Thus, it symbolizes the "WORD that was in the
    beginning" -- And the beginning is happening now! -- Life is continually manifesting from the inner
    Source.  Even science is verifying this as the Quantum Ground State.

      OM is called the "Mantra of Prana".  Why?  PRANA means "universal life force".  OM is the
    sound, extremely subtle, of the Prana.  Thus, OM is going on all the time in our breath and body!
    Thus, thru it we can bring Mind, Breathe, Body and Spirit into union.

    OM is added many mantras. All mantras dissove into OM and Divine Silence.  Variations of OM
    include AH, HUM, UMA.  In Africa and the Middle East OM is known as AMEN.  
     
    OM can best be used internally, as the greatest masters have told:

    "Draw the OM sound inside with the breath just as you draw water from a well.  And like
    dropping the bucket for a refill, release the exhalation with OM."

    "Devotion, reflection, power all merge and become OM. The ego melts into the OM sound
    like camphor melts in fire ... Place the mind in the higher mind like a child placed in the cradle
    and rocked. Know who you are."   Nityananda

    "O Bhairavî, sing OM, the mantra of the love union of Shiva and Shakti, slowly and
    consciously.  Enter the sound and when it fades away, slip into freedom of being."    Vigyana
    Bairava Tantra

    "After OM JAPA, let the yogi engage in meditation, after meditation then do japa.  When OM
    JAPA and meditation mature the Supreme Self shines forth."   Vyasa, on the Yoga Sutras

    "One really has only two ways to live: either wisely and ardently to seek the realization of
    Aum, or to lie in a coffin like a log, self-centered and impoverished in spirit."  "Truly, all
    actions must be infused with purifying one's fiery striving."
        Helena Roerich


OM HRIM SHRIM KLIM  ARAHUM HAM SAH

    I learned this mantra from a Jain monk I met briefly.  He told me it was "purifying".
    As he led the chanting in a small meeting, I saw the mantras coming out of him
    saturated with transcendental light and bliss.
     
    Each of the "seed syllables" in this have their own potency.  For example, HRIM is
    said to dispel illusion and thus help reveal the Reality. These seed syllables can be
    used independently for deep meditation.  

    The pronunciation is "HREENG  SHREENG  KLEENG  ARAHUNG  HONG-SAH".  


    "Remain still, maintain silence,
    fall into a state of meditation
    and dissolve yourself."    Jain Monk


RAAM NAAM

    You can find variations of the Rama mantra in different permutations from Africa to
    India.  Notice when you say RAAM the tongue goes up to the roof of the mouth.  
    Notice that it contains the OM sound.

    RAAM alone is used for deep meditation.  In elaborated forms it is used for Japa.

    RAAM means "supreme bliss".
    NAAM  means the "transcendental name, sound and light".

    RA is masculine solar energy.  MA is feminine and cooling.
    RA is also the seed syllable for fire -- which can mean the yogic fire of purification.

  • RAMA was the name given to a divine king of ancient India.

  • RAHM means "supreme love" in the Aramaic language of Yeshua (Jesus).  

  • AMEN is NAMA backwards.  In the Yoruba language of Africa AMEN refers to the
    "unseen divine realities".  Then, in ancient Egypt AMEN RA was the name of the
    Supreme.



    some very good quotes


    ~ Visualize a syllable, let yourself be filled by its radiance.  With open awareness, enter
    first the sonority of the sound, then a subtler and subtler sensation.  When the sound
    dissolves into space, be free.    Vigyana Bhairava Tantra
     

    ~If you really believe that "Coca Cola" is the greatest mantra and practice it
    diligently, it will work for you.
     
    ~ Q:  Isn't there a danger of hypnotizing oneself with a mantra, of putting oneself into
    a sleepy state?
    ~ A:  Yes.  So it is important to ask "Why am I practicing this mantra? " ... Only
    mantra has no direction. However, "Who is doing the mantra?" means having a
    direction.   SS


    ~ In fact you can easily see the difference between those who have a mantra and those
    who don't.  With those who have no mantra, even if they have a strong habit of meditation
    or concentration, something around them remains hazy and vague.  Whereas the japa
    imparts a kind of precision, a kind of solidity, an armature.  They become galvanized as it
    were."     Mother Mira



    Question : I am taught that MANTRA JAPA is very potent in practice.

    Ramana Maharshi : The Self is the greatest of all mantras - it goes on
    automatically and eternally. If you are not aware of this internal mantra, you
    should take to it consciously as Japa, which is attended with effort, to ward off all
    other thoughts. By constant attention to it, you will eventually become aware of
    the internal mantra which is the state of realization and is effortless

    When the syllables of the mantra become one with the PRANA [subtle vital
    energy}, it is termed DHYANA, and when dhyana becomes deep and firm it leads
    to sahaja sthiti [the natural state].

    Question : I have received a mantra. People frighten me by saying that it may
    have unforeseen results if repeated. It is only pranava (OM). So I seek advice.
    May I repeat it? I have considerable faith in it.

    Ramana Maharshi : Certainly, it should be repeated with faith.

    Question : Can anyone get any benefit by repeating mantras picked up casually?

    Ramana Maharshi: No. He must be competent and initiated in such mantras.

    ~ The fruition of this process is supreme consciousness (samadhi) which yields
    release (moksha), which is the state of unsurpassable bliss.  








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