One of the most powerful ways to meditate is through the use of mantra. Repetition of a mantra is called japa. There are various reasons for doing japa meditation. Japa meditation is one of the most effective methods for balancing emotions and achieving emotional maturity through better control of the mind.
Meditation in general helps you to develop acceptance and emotional objectivity so that you respond to life rather than react to it. But Japa meditation, which uses the repetition of a chosen thought, breaks unhelpful patterns of the mind and therefore it releases us from habitual actions. It helps to remove the straightjacket of our outmoded habits.
Japa also utilizes your emotional energy to attract the very essences of the think you are repeatedly saying. This works on the principal that you energetically attract what you think about. So if your chosen word to repeat was ‘potatoes’ you could possibly draw a lot potato salad towards you. If you focus on a word that is more enlightening like ‘love’ then you attract love. If you are repeating one of the names of God, then you are attracting the highest of all.
There are laws that act in our universe and the law of attraction is one of them. The law of cause and effect (karma) is also one of these laws e.g. as you sow so shall you reap. According to eastern philosophy, karma is the law that states your life is a reflection of the actions (good or bad) that you have done in the past of this life or even a previous life.
One of the most important effects of japa is that it can release you from the law of karma because of how it frees you from your habit patterns. Even something like depression, a mood state that you may have for no apparent reason, could be a result born from your past karma. So you see the effects of japa are very powerful.
Ultimately in japa meditation we aim to practice ajapa japa, or uninterrupted inner repetition of a mantra. Most people won’t be able to do this at first, and so we recommend that you begin with whispering. This is done by just moving the lips and barely making a sound. You should not be heard when chanting in this manner; however moving of the lips enables you to keep the mind focused on the chant.
With practice you can progress to manasic japa where you repeat a mantra silently in your head. Often japa is practiced on mala or rosary beads as they can empower your mantra and beads also assist you in counting.
Mantras are generally chanted in multiples of 27, 54 or 108 but the best guidance is to just do as much as you can.
Mantras can be used for health, wellbeing or spiritual growth. There are various types mantras that you can use in meditation though. The Dru Meditation Teacher Training delves into how you can choose a mantra for meditation. With the right mantra, given with the right energy by a teacher, you can soar to great spiritual heights in a short period of time.
But as an introduction you might like to try any of the following eastern mantras:
· Om is the great word that means consciousness and light
· Om Sri Ganeshaya Namaha to remove obstacles
· Om Namoh Bhagavate Vasudevaya builds devotional energy
If you want a mantra from a different tradition try:
· Om Mani Padme Hum – a Tibetan Buddhist mantra that invokes compassion for all beings
· Ave Maria – a Christian mantra that brings an awareness of Gods presence.
Of course you can choose your own mantra like peace, peace, peace or love, love, love.
Be assured, your meditation practice and your life is bound to be enhanced by whatever japa mantra you use. But do keep in mind that a teacher will guide you in the highest way in your journey with japa meditation.
If you are interested in meditation, sound, japa there is a fabulous event coming up in Australia . https://druyoga.com/ignite-your-dreams