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Mantra Jaap

Upasana ke Do Charan; Jap & Dhyan aur Gayatri Mahavigyan

There are very few rituals that are in vogue for worship of God. Devotees who subscribe to a variety of faiths have identified methods for paying obeisance to the Supreme Being. The vast mass of believers go on pilgrimage to holy places, offer prayers, read scriptures, perform prescribed rituals, carry out circumambulations, decorate holy places, make offerings as a token of faith, meditate and participate in mass prayers. Apart from the masses, there is a minuscule minority of genuine seekers of Truth for whom outward rituals are not of primary importance and who seek the presence of their Indwelling Divinity through inner means of concentration, contemplation and meditation.

Jaap or repeated chanting of some scriptural text, Divine name or Mantra is indeed one of the most integral part of spiritual practices.

While performing Jaap (repetitive chanting of Mantra or Name of God) while practicing spirituality, we try to remember That Supreme Being of whom one otherwise seldom thinks while involved in worldly matters. The repeated chanting of Lord's name in course of 'Jaap' is for seeking divine help for upliftment from the abyss of moral degradation. Disconnection from the cosmic consciousness of Divinity reduces man to the lowly status of a humanoid animal or a humanoid insect.

In the realm of Indian spiritual literature, the well-known and most efficacious Mantra for Jaap is the Gayatri Mantra Jaap. It has been designated as the 'Guru Mantra'. The Jap of Hindu Gayatri Mantra is extremely efficacious in refining the inner-self. It has earned the distinction of being the essence of the most ancient scriptures - the Vedas. In its words lie the seeds of celestial wisdom and science contained in the Vedas. Apart from helping in spiritual evolution, Gayatri Jaap is also significant for material well-being. Around and behind the gross human body there are quite a few subtle energy centres known as Chakras, Granthis, having paranormal capabilities (such as telepathy, psychokinetics, clairvoyance... etc.). By activating these nuclei of energy, man can develop extra-sensory control over forces of nature. The ultimate product of the process of Sadhana (the exercise for controlling faculties of mind) is acquition of Siddhi (paranormal capabilities). Amongst the yogic exercises of Sadhana which fructify as extraordinary.

Practical Aids to Jaap

* Select any Mantra and repeat it from 108 to 1,080 times daily (one to ten malas).
* Take a bath or wash your hands, feet, face and mouth before sitting for Japa in the morning.
* Sit facing east or north during the practice. This enhances the effectiveness of the Jaap.
* Sit on a rug to conserve body-electricity. Sit in a separate meditation room or in any suitable place, such as a temple, on a river bank or under a banyan or peepul tree.
* Maintain a steady pose. You can sit in Padmasana, Siddhasana or Sukhasana. Resolve to complete a certain minimum number of malas before leaving your seat.
* Use a rosary of 108 beads. Do not allow the rosary to hang below the navel. The rosary (mala) must not be visible to you or to others, so cover it properly. Use the middle finger and the thumb of the right to roll the beads. The use of the index finger is not allowed. Do not cross the meru (main bead) while rolling the beads.
* Do mental Jaap for sometime without a rosary or mala. When the mind wanders, do the Jaap aloud, or whisper the Mantra for some time and come back to mental Japa again as soon as possible.
* Do not chant mantra in haste. Do it slowly with feeling, concentration of mind and devotion.
* Try to associate the chant with the rhythm of the breath and meditate in the form of your Deity. Keep a picture or idol of the Deity in front of you. Think of the meaning of the Mantra while repeating it.
* Observe silence and avoid distractions, calls and engagements. It is important not to leave the place at once after the Japa is over and mix with everyone or get into worldly activity. This keeps the spiritual vibrations intact.

One can leave the place after a dedicated prostration, with a feeling that everything belongs to that almighty. The Puja, Sadhana, Meditation and Jaap etc, any kind of prayers offered to the Almighty must be done with a sincere heart. The Supreme Being answers all the questions and doubts of the devotee, sooner or later. One must understand that the ultimate purpose of life is the realization of divine.

Mantra was a concept of the Vedic saints that includes mantras as one of the main forms of worship, whose end is seen as salvation. Basically, Mantra Jaap means repeating the mantra.

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