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How to use your japa mantra, Swami Rama

Meditation

You often close your eyes and sit down and you don’t know what to do next; then you start remembering your mantra. You can remember your mantra all the time, but that’s not very systematic. It will take a long time for you.

You’re doing japa, but you’re doing it halfheartedly. If you do the same thing with full concentration, it will definitely give you results.

When you remember your mantra, you should remember it with all your feeling. You should know about your mantra—understand what your mantra is. More...

Mahamrityunjai mantra, lyrics and video

Mahamritunjai mantra, Sanskrit text, Shiva

Meaning of Mahamritunjay mantra

I worship the three eyed (the third eye is synonymous with wisdom) lord Shiva, who is full of fragrance and who nourishes everybody with health and vitality. May Shiva liberate me from mortality, just as a cucumber fallls off the creeper when it is fully ripe, may I live a full life...and know my immortal self.

Uses of Mahamrityunjai mantra

Chanting of the Mahamrityunjai mantra is recommended for a healthy body and mind. It is said to ward off untimely death by accidents or illness. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh has recommended chanting the mantra on one's birthday for a minimum of 50,000 times. The video here helps recite the mantra correctly.

Mahamrityunjaya mantra comes from the Vedas. It is chanted to help fight physical or mental ailments. It brings peace and tranquility to the mind.

Soham mantra meditation tutorial video

Breath is a bridge between the body and the mind. When trying to meditate it is common to experience tension in the muscles and noisy thoughts in the mind.

The nervous system is the arbiter between the tense body and the noisy mind. One of the best ways to regulate that nervous system, and in turn the body and mind, is through the breath. This has been known by the Yogis for thousands of years, and has also come to be widely known in recent years by the modern medical and psychological community.

Soham mantra has been called the universal mantra because of the fact that its vibration is already a part of the breath, and everybody breathes. Sooooo... is the sound of inhalation, and Hummmm... is the sound of exhalation.

The meaning of Om Namah Shivaay mantra

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Swami Muktananda, on the basis of his personal experience, spoke in glowing terms about the efficacy of the panchakshari , the five-lettered mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’, in inducing seekers to spontaneously delve into deep meditation. The five syllables of this mantra na, ma, shi, va and ya are the bij-aksharas or seed-letters of the five elements of creation; earth, water, fire, air and ether, of which our body is made. Flesh represents the earth; blood represents water; the body heat that helps in digesting food represents fire; the prana or life-giving force represents air; and the mind represents ether.More...

Suryashtak - Sanksrit text

Suryashtak is an eight-versed tribute in Sanskrit to the sun - the source of all energy. The Sanskrit text for Surya-ashtak is familiar to those familiar with Indian ritual worship. It is mostly recited as the Gayatri mantra is, to the accompaniment of a water offering to the sun at sunrise, or Sandhya puja. It is recommended for wellness in body and mind. Sunrise More...

Mantra for life

Mantras have long been used for multifarious purposes. They work on the subtle energies and create a positive consciousness. Like all good things, there is potential for abuse here as well. If used in tantra, especially the kind practiced in Bengal, there are also mantras to remove an enemy or attract a person, etc. Scary, but reports of efficacy are as varied as there are people who have been given these so called 'powerful mantras' to direct their lives as per their will. Understandably, it is the easiest way to exhort money or following from desparate people, who don't know any better.

Used in the positive sense, Mantras help us immensely. This is experiential wisdom :-) 

Mantras are like seeds. A seed holds the entire tree within it in potential form. If you sow the seed, it sprouts and matures into a full-grown tree on its own accord in due course. The seed and the tree are one and the same -- they exist as one packet of energy. 
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