How to use your japa mantra, Swami Rama
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.
Remember your mantra as silently as possible, and it will help you tremendously. Let your mind be led by your mantra and let it become a part of your life.
Remember your mantra—slowly, gently—and follow it. The sound will take you to the soundless state that is beyond body, breath, and mind. That is what meditation is.
~ Swami Rama