Kindle Life 27 Japa yoga

Kindle Life 27 Japa yoga

Published on 18 April 2021

Everything you want to know about Japa Yoga. What is the purpose? When should it be practiced? What are the pitfalls? Is it an independent Path to Perfection?

Transcript
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Hari OM
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Kindle Life Chapter 27
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JAPA YOGA
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Swami Chinmayananda says, " Japa is a training by which the ever dancing rays of the mind are compelled to behave in some order and rhythm, and bring out of their cooperative effort, a single melody of repeated mantra chanting ".
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Japa is a pre mediation training to make the mind single pointed. A japa conditioned mind, in a short period of meditation, can take it to unimaginable heights in an impossibly short time. Japa fixes the mind in a single line of thinking. A name has a connection with a thought form and vice versa. The principle of japa is a technique used for enhancing this connection between the thought and name.
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Japa is a means of developing bhakti, which is love for the Lord. Continuous thought increases the love and attachment for the Lord. Japa intensely performed or the name of the Lord repeated again and again, develops bhakti. The supreme Reality is experienced through meditation but the practice of devotion is the means. Japa helps in meditation where mind is fixed in one line of thought, to the exclusion of all other thoughts.
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In a quiet place sit in front of the picture of your lord fixed at height where the Lord's feet shall be in level of your eyes. Start japa with a mala of 108 beads. Sitting is a comfortable place slowly lift your gaze to the face of the Lord. Close your eyes feel the presence of the lord within you. Repeat the name of your lord with all the love you are capable of, turning one bead with each chant and complete one round of 108 and then turn back avoiding the use of the pointing finger. Do 20 malas.
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A mantra is a word symbol representing a particular view of the God. Different forms of worship are provided to suit the needs of the different types of devotees at different stages. While chanting, it is the feeling with which one chants which is important than a mere rolling of the beads or repeated muttering in the mouth. It is the ' mental chanting " with emotion which brings the visualization of the Lord's form in the heart.
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During japa thought wanderings into unwanted fields have to be avoided. The number of malas have to be increased slowly. Mind has to be trained to withstand attack of temper or sleep. Temper comes due to fatigue or suppression of tendencies. Each one has to discover a rhythm and harmony for himself. Attempt is always to keep mind in one line of thinking, till with regularity and sincerity, through single pointed contemplation meditation becomes natural.
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For best results, guard the mind against all excesses and make it immune to selfishness and passion. Japa activity should not be muddled with profit motive, other wise there will be no spiritual effulgence. It should be like a yagna. We have to surrender and this will connect bhakti to jnana. You are to surrender your ego to Narayana. With the help of OM, the symbol of the infinite, you are lifted to the Perfect. This is the Supreme Sadhana - The Japa-yoga.
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HARI OM!
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