Oldest ISO 9001:2015 certified Rudraksha Organisation in the world. Your Trusted Brand Since 1997
» Books, CDs, Gifts, Rare Collectibles » CDs and DVDs » Meditation & Yoga CDs » Meditation with the Mantra

Meditation with the Mantra

Meditation with the MantraThere are various practical aids to progress in Japa meditation that has been tested for thousands of years and are based on sound psychological and natural principles.

The Japa with rosary beads is the most effective form & most familiar to West. A Japa mala, similar to rosary, is often used in Mantra repetition. It helps to foster alertness, acts as a focus for the physical energy and is an aid to rhythmic, continuous recitation. It consists of 108 beads. An additional bead, the Meru, is slightly larger than the others. It is the signal indicating that with one Mantra recited for each bead, japa has been done 108 times, or one round of mala is complete. The fingers should not cross the Meru. When it is reached to Meru, the beads are reversed in the hand; one continues reciting the Mantra, moving the mala in the opposite direction. The thumb and the third finger roll the beads; the index finger, which is physically negative, is never used. The rosary must not be allowed to hang below the navel, and should be wrapped in a clean cloth when not in use.

An appropriate prayer before beginning induces purity of feeling. With eyes closed and concentration focused either between the eyebrows on the Ajna chakra or on the Anahata chakra of the heart, one should invoke the aid of his chosen deity. The Mantra must be pronounced distinctly and without mistakes, for it and the deity itself are one and the same thing. Repetition must be neither too fast nor too slow, and thought must be given to its meaning. Speed should be increased only when the mind begins to wander. Because the mind will naturally try to drift away after a time, it is necessary to keep alert throughout the practice.

Scroll Down to read more
Shop Now for Energized Products

    Variety in Japa is necessary to sustain interest, avoid fatigue and counteract the monotony that can arise from constant repetition of the same syllables. This can be provided by modifying the volume. The Mantra can be repeated aloud for a while, then whispered, and then recited mentally. The mind needs variety or it becomes tired. However, even mechanical repetition that is devoid of feeling has a great purifying effect. Feeling will come later, as the process of purification continues.

    Audible repetition is called Vaikhari Japa, while that done by whispering or humming is termed Upamsu japa. The Mental repetition, Manasika japa, is the most powerful; it requires keener concentration, for the mind tends to shut off after a period of time. The advantage of loud Japa, which should be used with discretion, is that it shuts out all worldly sound and distractions. One should alternate when necessary, particularly when drowsiness sets in.

    Unaccustomed to this kind of activity, the beginner at first may find himself giving up too soon, after five or ten minutes of repeating the Mantra. The syllables in this case may sound meaningless--mere syllables and nothing more. But by chanting for at least half an hour without interruption, one will give the Mantra time to work itself into his consciousness, and benefits will be felt in a few days.

    Meditation on the image of the chosen deity while the Mantra is being repeated adds tremendously to the efficacy of Japa. Sound and form correspond and reinforce each other. Sound vibrations alone, if made with care and devotion, are capable of producing the form in the consciousness of the aspirant. The process can be greatly facilitated by visualizing the deity in the heart area or the space between the eyebrows. With the visualization, there should be awareness of the various attributes of the deity. Feeling that the Lord is within, emanating purity to the heart and mind, and manifesting his presence by the power of the Mantra makes the Japa fruitful.

    Thus, while meditating Shiva, the physical energy is focused on rolling the mala beads. The image of the deity, with the third eye and the symbolic crescent moon, serpents, trident, drums, etc. occupies the mind on one level. The Mantra Om Namah Shivaya is simultaneously being repeated, and on another level is being embedded in the consciousness. Repetition of Mantra has a cumulative effect, and with continued practice it gains power. It should be evident that Japa meditation is far more than a verbal exercise. It is a state of complete absorption.

    Concluding prayer and rest are important. When Japa practice is finished, it is advisable not to plunge immediately into worldly activities. Sitting quietly for about ten minutes, one should reflect on the Lord and feel his presence. As routine duties are commenced, the spiritual vibrations will remain intact. This practice should be maintained at all times, no matter what one is engaged in.

    When doing manual work, give the hands to work but give the mind to God. Like an elderly woman who continuously knit even when talking to her friends or watching television, one can sustain mental Japa. With practice, the manual work becomes automatic. When the Mantra can be repeated throughout the day, God’s consciousness will permeate one’s life.

    Mantra writing, likhita japa, is another, supplementary form of Japa. The Mantra should be written with a special pen and notebook, which have been set-aside for this purpose. It should be done for half an hour, during which time complete silence and concentration are observed. While writing, simultaneously repeat the Mantra mentally so that the impression made in the consciousness will be intensified. Likhita Japa may be done in any language or script. It greatly helps the aspirant to concentrate and leads to meditation. This practice helps to set up a continuous vibration of divine energy that guides and protects, regardless of what one is doing.

    Deity Mantras are used for purascharana, which is concentrated japa meditation extended over a long period of time. When performing a purascharana, the aspirant sets aside a number of hours each day for japa. The Mantra is repeated 1,00,000 times for each syllable of the Mantra. The Mantra is repeated with feeling and in a particular manner with the right observance, until the fixed numbers of Mantras are recited. Slow repetition of Maha Mantra may take as long as three years to finish. The practitioner must observe certain rules and regulations lay down in the scriptures in regard to Purascharana and must observe perfect dietary discipline in accordance with those injunctions.

    Anushathana is the practice of religious austerity for the sake of obtaining some object or goal, the highest being spiritual. For the success, the desire should be spiritual, and it should be kept in view throughout the practice. The rigor of the austerity, which may be various kinds, depends on the health of the aspirant.

    For Japa Anushathana, a Deity Mantra should be selected in accordance with the desired goal. Although his personal deity might be Krishna, if one wants to compose sublime music, he would repeat the Mantra for Saraswati; if one wished his spiritual obstacles to be removed, one must pick a Ganesha Mantra. Japa meditation is then performed for a protracted period, with intense concentration of mind and no thought of the external world. This leads to achievement of the desired goal.

    There may be other types of Japa meditation, but the broad theory and techniques do not greatly vary. Approached with faith and devotion and carried out with perseverance, Japa is the most beautiful, soothing & direct path to awaken consciousness & god realization.

    Related Testimonials
    • My blood pressure has begun to respond

      Namaste, Neeta I hope all is well with you. I received my package while in the middle of moving.This move was more stressful than usual. Opening the package was like a breath of fresh air. Once again the Rudraksha with pendalling design was beautiful. My blood pressure has begun respond to the 5 Mukhi Rudraksha. Last Friday I did the Pran Prathistha with my Shree Yantra. You can feel the Shakti flowing from the Shree Yantra. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.  With Peace, Kevin   close

      - Kevin
    • I got fantastic result

      Dear Madam I came to know about you through one of my friend called pratik chatterjee of kolkata,who purchase some rudraksha from you. Few months back i got hypertension with a High blood pressure.On that time i was full of stress and constantly feeling restless.Pratik gift me 2 (5 mukhi) rudraksha and i start wearing it.I got fantastic result. Now though medically still i had high bp but physically and mentaly i don't have much problem.but still i am concern about my high bp so i contact protik and he told me that you are the right person who can help me out.i would also like to tel close

      - Kalyan Mukhopadhyay
    • Experience with Rudraksha and Maha Yantras

      Namaste Neetaji and Rudra Centre Team: I would like to share my experience with Rudraksha, Maha Yantras and Mantras. I had my Aura session with Ms.Neetaji on August 07, 2010 and I was surprised to see the result. As per her recommendation I ordered Rudrakshas and I received my order on August 19,2010 and started wearing on the 20th of August 2010. Since then I have noticed lots of energy for me, lots of changes in my life style, health and I see things differently. I would like to provide detail information below. I wear Rudrakshas with different combination from 2 mukhi to 19 mukhi except 1, close

      - GP, USA
    • Easy ways to grow spritually and for peace of mind

      Hello and Namaste, Before I tell my experience I would like to tell that I have been meditating for around 15 years now, so I can immediately sense the energies/aura of objects or anyone. It was very recently that I started researching about tools which can make life easier without having to go through the strict practices of meditation and I came in touch with Rudra center. After initially placing order for 2 Mahamrityunjaya yantra lockets, I have ordered 4 more for my family and friends including a Rudraksha mala and results have been astonishing. My father, brother and even mother who never close

      - Gaurav
    • I am more optimistic and fi ding my old energy again

      Hllo,  Namaste,  Dear Mrs Neeta Singhal and colleagues,  Many thanks for the items sent! Effective and the Yantras are beautifully made. I havent tried the mukhi beads till now, and already I am more optimistic and fi ding my old energy again!I used to be far more confident, but after many, many problems, I had a bit of an emotio al bashing,.My dear 2nd husband died of cancer, although we had ahealthy lifestyle, and I was ill, with a lump in my breast Ater that a friend died in a fire and I had a lot of vandalism at my former address, yet was leading a quiet life, not causing tr close

      - Margareta
    • Eka (1) Mukhi definitely is powerful

      I bought my eka mukhi on a Friday (morning), on Friday night, laying in bed I thought to myself 'yayee my eka mukhi (Java) is coming to me, it's mine, Lord Shiva is coming into my house', seconds after I felt power come in towards my room, and it made the fire alarm beep 3 times, which it never does, then the top of my crown had like a energy pop, bit hard to explain. Next night checked my lotto and won division 6, WOW never before has this happend, soo excited. Just imagine once my eka finishes integrating with my body, spirit and mind. I got my eka mukhi to help with my meditations and it's close

      - Christine
    • I must say that no other Rudraksha so far has given me the effect same as '1 mukhi java Rudraksha'

      I have been very grateful to RR team for over many years in helping me showing the path towards devotion of Lord Shiva. I must say that no other Rudraksha so far has given me the effect same as '1 mukhi java Rudraksha'. You do not need any other Rudraksha once you have 1 mukhi java. Within a year after wearing it following things happened: -After 4 years of struggle suddenly got Finances enough to purchase own house. -Got salary raise in the beginning of the year. -Got blessed with baby boy. -Got promotion few days back with good salary raise again. -Younger sister got a good match and got mar close

      - Ramesh
    Rudra Centre Videos

    View More

    Recommended Articles
    • Meditation with the Mantra
      Meditation with the Mantra There are various practical aids to progress in Japa
      Read More →

    × Search article

    Send Enquiry

    Verification Code: verification image, type it in the box

    Product Related Enquiry/ Ask Expert:
    phone +91-70211 80033 | Whatasapp
    phone 022-62102919
    email rrst@rudracentre.com
    phone +91-88501 99897 | Whatasapp
    phone 022- 62102909
    Puja Services Enquiry:
    phone / Whatasapp +91-93268 81243