then reach a space of indescribable fullness."
"That meditation that has no mantra
is like a body with no soul."
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
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.
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"
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
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 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:
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
consciously. Enter the sound and when it fades away, slip into freedom of being." Vigyana
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."
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".
fall into a state of meditation
and dissolve yourself." Jain Monk
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 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.
~ 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
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
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.
Ramana Maharshi: No. He must be competent and initiated in such mantras.
release (moksha), which is the state of unsurpassable bliss.