THE POWER OF THE MANTRA
Singing is an individual experience and each person has the right to arrive at a way of understanding it. There may be hard and fast rules that apply to all: if you look for God, the song achieves a kind of love story between him and you, and you gradually get closer to the Almighty, your understanding grows and you approach the truth in a different way, acquiring new perspectives and the capacity for introspection.
The power of the mantra becomes extremely effective and when it’s practiced with regularity and for a sufficient period of time, that ‘until you get the results. It’s up to you to decide how long you can sing at a given time or how often you do it, but since you’re working in the lab of your mind, you have to give it a reasonable amount of time to be evenly put to the test.
You can’t become a saint in a weekend. A child takes nine months to be born and many years to grow to become an adult, and the beginner on the spiritual path is like a newborn baby. When you begin to sing, at the beginning you will be pervaded by a wave of excitement, but destined to fade early, as the mind wants changes and more new things. .
The practice of Mantra boggles the mind, forces her to give up the normal routine to take a narrow path, making it capable of focusing through discipline and cutting the anchors to which it is always clinging to. Like a child who receives new toys, the mind has a tendency to focus on one thing first, and then on another, without discernment. The real goal is only reached through perseverance and practice, which allows you to discover the secret of Mantras and the mystery of his power.
This awareness is essential, as singing because fantasizing when you’re not singing has lit the fire that consumes”; even many hours singing or many thousands of repetitions performed by the sheer force of will can turn those fires. The practice must be carried out with intensity: the application; the purification of emotions and the concentration of the mind will ensure peace, making it sensitive to the continued presence.
Combine the formal practice of the Mantra with daily reflections as well as writing of a spiritual diary, to cultivate awareness and make the necessary changes in their daily lives to remove all manifestations of egoism/selfishness. Record the reactions of your mind to practice and the obstacles encountered, as well as the change that you see inside of yourself and the experiences you happen to try. Keeping a constant throughout the recitation, you will get a full understanding not only of the Mantra, but also how the mind functions and you will know not only the obstacles it encounters, but also how you can overcome them with useful results in all situations of life.
After the initial enthusiasm for the practice of Mantra, comes the first sign of rebellion and resistance. The first critical moment occurs at the end of two weeks, then three months, then for two years. If you know the phenomenon ahead of time, you can take appropriate precautions. Remember that the mind is like an elephant and you can’t force an elephant to move rigidly along a straight line; rather allow it to move along a winding path, but do not let him to go in search of beautiful landscapes and forget his destination.
In the same way, you can give the mind a little ‘freedom’, without letting it diverge completely. One of the biggest problems that can hinder the concentration of the mind comes from the background of mental noise, and an accumulation of influences of the world around us. As well as of memories and impressions that are aroused by the associations of thought and hard to obtain complete silence.
When searching for the first time you become aware of the inability to focus and keep the mind quiet and without being deceived and lead toward proper focus. You can use techniques that vary in the application, without changing essentially the focal point techniques that allow to the mind to be active within the Mantra.
For example, you can think about all the details of the hand, how sounds are produced, the breathing, the effect of sound on the body, because such an exercise, although it is employed to maintain concentration, can lead to many insights. You can also extend the time of your hand, including a large number of repetitions in a single breath, and then slow down, extending a name or a syllable, accenting the first or last syllable.
You have to adjust the volume of the voice, first by increasing the intensity of sound and then weakened as it was intended, a system that keeps the mind involved in avoiding repetitions that become mechanical. Perhaps you will find that your voice becomes more fluid while you sing and you’re singing like you’ve never done before. The satisfaction of these improvements will instill the desire to reach God through your voice to be an instrument of God’s love of God and with the singing of the Mantras to aid the needy.
In this way, you become masters of the situation, rather than slaves of intellectual doubts and false pride. During the singing emotions may arise that you are unaware of possessing and tears that you’ve been holding back for many years. You’ll have to discern to distinguish the tears of compassion and deny indulging, but sometimes the tears are part of regret and joy, joy at the fact that the soul is finally on the way home, yet regret that so many lives have been wasted.
Regardless of their origin, pick up your tears and symbolically offer them to the Divine. Watch the flow of your breath and its relationship with the emotions to understand the difference between expressing emotions and indulging in them, as an excessive departure indicates that you have become victims of unruly emotions. You will have to realize also that you can’t control emotions through the sheer force of will and that, when they reach their maximum intensity, you must return them to God, asking for help as a child asks his mother.
But at moment, while you weep from the depths of your being, you will touch the top of sincerity as well as the heights of anger, disappointment or anxiety will be extremely focused. Then you will experience true humility, perhaps for the first time. To express humility, you see yourself as a son of God or His servants: if you’re the kind of person for whom it is important to please others, imagine yourself as a servant of God, and in this case the Divine will become your master and you want to listen to him/her.
Offer yourself as a tool through which the divine love can find expression and gradually you will seek more and more to please God; you will discover that the Divine love comes to you through people, who are his creation. If you can love God, everyone can do it.
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You can listen to the sound of your voice and watch your breathing, you can stimulate the desire to recite the Mantra thinking about what the Mantra is, as well as the mystery and power of the Mantra, to create sounds, what happens to them, and ask yourself if the energy that produces the sound disappears when you can is the best advice.
At some point you may wish to perform some experiments by singing the Mantra and don’t hesitate to dream: observe for a certain period of time and wait for another reasonable period of time, to see the emergence of the results. If you repeat the Mantra while you are doing Hatha Yoga, you will be able to penetrate the deepest levels of asana.
Try taking an asana while you are singing and mentally absorb what you are doing: gradually becoming aware of the panic flowing in the body and the most profound aspects of the pose, and finally you will experience its mystical significance. Start with asana in which you feel reasonably at ease, for example, sitting with your back bent and repeating “Om Sivaya Namath” ten times, first one side and then the other.
Once this is done you can move through your body and ask yourself, “How many curves are there in my body? Who else is doing at the moment, apart from bending? “Starting from this question, you can perform a full investigation, trying to understand the psychological and symbolic meaning, or spiritual, of each asana.
Another example, try the Peacock pose (Mayurasana). The Peacock is associated with vanity and exhibitionism, and it is said that this asana is useful for removing toxins from the body, just like the peacock kills the snakes, the asana “kills” the toxins. The Peacock and is also the vehicle of Lord Subramanya and is used in Christian iconography to represent the glory of heaven. Think also about the position of asanas, the way in which your elbows are pressed against the abdomen in the area of the navel, and then reflect on the meanings of the symbols.
Chant the Mantra in a Hatha pose, a practice distinct from that of the daily mantra that takes place every day in a place specifically intended for this purpose. If you have found your spiritual teacher or Guru, sing his name in offering, an act of love, sing your emotions to express admiration and gratitude for the inspiration you received.
This offer and the recognition of the divine spirit in the Guru will help you develop humility and overcome the ego. To get the same result you can use the raga of a Mantra. It is always useful to listen to the Mantras If you are working on something and you can’t recite the mantra silently or if you are very tired and you feel you do not have the will power ‘to sit and sing, play the music of the Mantra in the background, but when you choose this solution, always use the same Mantra, and not an assortment of tapes.
Listening to the tape of a Mantra can be of great help when you have to sleep. If you look at the latest news on television you will bring this with you in your sleep with in all that you see and hear , thus resulting in having nightmares, as well as any negativity contained in what you are reading will be reflected in your sleep.
Watching television and reading are activities ‘that satisfy the carnal aspect of the mind that we should not indulge. If you had an argument before going to bed, your anger will manifest in your sleep. The subconscious will try to get rid of the emotions that are haunting your dreams and playing Mantra tape while you sleep, will help quell the tension that disturbs you. Listen to the tape and sing wherever you are, whenever you have a few minutes for yourself, it’s a good way to approach the Mantra to the daily events in your life, it will become a habit, little by little, more and more strong and will help overcome the negativity of everyday experiences.
The duration of the practice is a personal matter and can change from one time to another, because there is no limit to the number of repetitions that you can sing.
For two years I sang for five hours a day, but then I continued to sing only for two hours a day, because I had already accumulated what’s called “mantric power,” which is required for those who want to start another person in the Mantra. I sang for five hours every day because I took all this time to get my mind focused, but, in India some spiritual masters have sung for ten hours a day for many years.
Obviously, how much bigger the effort more you will get, but within a few minutes of absolute alienation within the Mantra are better than many hours of singing performed without focusing the mind. For example, it is better to sing for ten minutes with your mind focused for five hours with the mind wandering. If you want to sing the mantra do not worry about not knowing the exact pronunciation of Sanskrit words, because when I asked Swami Sivananda how important the correct pronunciation was he replied: “Your sincerity and what is in your heart and your mind are the most important of your pronunciation. There are thousands of people who pronounce words correctly, but have not yet become holy. ”
I am the love of God, the perseverance, devotion, and intentions to determine the outcome, not the correct pronunciation. However, it is very important to use the right melody. Even if you find the most difficult high note, you do not need to sing more of a low octave or change the key, because it’s essential to sing the right note with the right intonation, as evidenced by my music Guru Ashram in Rishikesh, Swami Nada Brahmananda, has taken considerable trouble to teach me how to increase the reach of my voice.
If you want to ask a blessing for friends and family, you can add their names aloud, as a repetition of the Mantra, but do not concentrate the mind on the individual as your focus should remain on the same Mantra, on the different tones or the image of the divinity that is connected to them.
Do not think the image of the person for whom you are singing, because it may interfere with the life of that person, something from which you must refrain. If, after practice, you realize that your mind and your heart was actually focused on the mantra, offer your drama to the Divinity, saying: “You are the loving God from which they have been created. And that’s all I can do today? “In practice you can’t always get perfection, but it’s your job to try, then having the honest and humility to admit to yourself and with the Almighty when you are not up to expectations. When you sing occasionally record your voice and note the date on the tape, because that way you can track your progress by listening to the sound of your voice more than a few months later, or a year or even ten years later.
Take note of the emotions that you experience and look for them in listening to the recorded voice. When the practice of the Mantra lasts for several hours in a row, the mental part (Manasika) and the various other forms of Japa must be alternated in order to maintain concentration. The mental repetition is considered by some yogis the most powerful form, while for many people singing has more success when the mind is still very active, because it promotes the expression of emotions. At a more advanced stage the mental repetition is much more powerful. Sometimes it’s a good idea to mentally recite the Mantra when you are in the presence of others, to suppress the impulse to exhibitionism.
As soon as the consciousness emerges of this desire you say “thank you”, because that will increase awareness in proportion to the gratitude we feel. Another variation that you can use and the Likita Japa, where the mantra is translated into written lines that take the form of sentences, or other forms, such as the shape of a lotus, or a cross, or any other design that help strengthen your devotion. A uniform system of writing will help to maintain concentration. If you work in an office you can use excellent free time dedicating it to spiritual practice, rather than waste it with socialization.
The writing of the Mantra can also be alternated with other forms of Japa in order to keep the focus on the Mantra, and he shall change to keep the mind interested. Keep all pieces of papers, records or blocks on which you wrote the Mantra, near your bed, or on your altar, because their presence exerts a very subtle effect on the subconscious. The Mantra can be recited, rather than sung, but the voice should be clear and strong enough to ensure that the ears can grasp what is being said. Submit to the mind the following questions: “What does it mean for me this Mantra? This ancient practice still has validity ‘in the world today? “
This will help you keep the mind completely focused on the mantra. You will discover that different forms of Japa are effective at different times. Whatever the form you are using, dedicated the first few minutes of your practice to tidy up your mind and focus on the feelings and emotions related to what you’re doing, then all your efforts are directed to the glorification of God, expressing your feelings of gratitude for having learned this practice and to be so were able to help yourself. Perhaps this attitude will result in the impossible, but if you don’t recognize your negativity and offer it to the Divine: remember that being in relationship with God, even in a relationship in which you express only your anger, it is always best to be lukewarm or indifferent towards him. Later, when the practice will become ingrained, you will discover that the inspiration and the answer to your prayers will come when you have finally give up and you sang repeatedly the Mantra to the point of exhausting the mind: the same happens to a scientist in the laboratory, trying and retrying his experiment, which turns on a light bulb only when the mind is no longer able to reason.
If after one or two years of practice, it emerges spontaneously a completely different way to practice the Mantra Yoga, it should not be repressed, because it might be from a guide that came from a higher level. However, always make sure that it is not the work of the ego that still wants to emerge. First carry out the practice in the way you’ve always done and see what the results are, then allow you to try the new route and see if it can reach the same goals.
If the change in practice is adopted prematurely, based on assumption rather than experience, the goal could not be achieved. Dig a very deep pit only, rather than a lot of little depths, and only when expanding the consciousness you realize that you have completed a lesson allow yourself to move on to another. If you are absolutely serious in your efforts you will arrive to the moment when you will want to devote to the practice of another Mantra, activities that will determine a constant deepening of communion with God and liberation from emotional imbalance, bringing in a new harmony with himself.
By Swami Sivananda Radha
Some types of Mantra
Om bhur buvaḥ svah | tat savitur varenyam | bhargo devasya dhimahi | dhiyo yo nah pracodayat
“Terrestrial sphere, the sphere of space, celestial sphere! We contemplate the splendor of the sun spirit, the divine creator. May he guide our spirits. ”
Hare Krsna mantra
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna | Krishna Krishna Hare Hare | Hare Hare Rāma Rāma | Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
Also known as Mahā mantra (“great mantra”), is the most famous mantra of the current devotional Krishna, well known in the West. Hare is appellations of Vishnu, Rāma is the seventh Avatar of Vishnu; the intonation of the mantra is regarded by the faithful as the simplest way to express the love of God, Krishna himself, complete manifestation of Isvara.
Mantra MantraIl sound of the vital energy
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Namu myōhō renge kyō
Is the invocation or, in Japanese, refers to the title of the daimoku Sutra of the Lotus of the Mystic law