Phase One of Mental Japa

After one sits down in the correct posture, with the body relaxed and the diaphragmatic breathing established by doing alternate nostril breathing, one gets into the flow of the breath. The flow of the breath may be experienced along the path of the breath from the navel to the nostrils, or it may be felt only in the nostrils, just as one does when reciting the word, the...

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Source of Japa?

Japa is mental recitation, or better still, the remembrance, of a mantra, which gradually awakens energy vibrations in the mind-field. The practice of meditation really begins with mantra_diksha, the receiving of a personal mantra by initiation through a qualified teacher or preceptor in the tradition of a particular lineage; all the rest is preparation. There are several...

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Admission 2015 – Swami Rama Dhyana Gurukulam

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Source of Mantras

Mantras are units of sound contained in a combination of syllabus or words. The universe is composed of energy which contains two beams – sound and light. One does not get activated without the other, especially in the inner spiritual space. The sound units that are called mantras are not the ones that are passed on from ear to ear; that is their only physical...

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Keeping Your Mantra a Secret

After a mantra is received, it should be kept a secret before you practice, practice and practice. There are many progressively defined steps involved in the mental practice of a mantra, and these are taught gradually. The secrecy you observe is a form of mauna, a practice of silence. The mantra is a for internal absorption only. If it is spoken aloud, it loses its power....

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Mantra as a Stable Force in One’s Life

The aim of the mantra is to have a special word within oneself. Some schools advise the use of mantra for only 20 minutes a day as taught in the raja yoga.  Swami Rama advises you to make your mantra your personal friend. He asks you to keep the mantra in your personal friend. He asks you to keep the mantra in your mind at all time: whether standing at a bus stop, or...

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Meditation in Polity

At the State Funeral in Singapore held last Sunday, 29 March 2015 for Lee Kuan Yew, with PM, Modi in attendance, current Singapore PM delivered his eulogy with a special mention on meditation Here is the excerpt. “After my first wife Ming Yang died, my parents suggested that I tried meditation. They gave me some books to read, but I did not make much progress. I...

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The Process of Initiation

The ceremony of initiation in the Himalayan tradition involves certain traditionally established procedures. Because it is a turning point in a student’s life, the student is asked to purify himself/herself for at least a day prior to initiation. This is done by restricting oneself to a sattvic (pure) diet of vegetarian food and avoiding emotionally disturbing...

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Children’s Retreat – 2015

Dear loving Spiritual Parent, All parents like to have their children grow up with spiritual values, but do not always have the opportunity to make their wish fulfilled. So far we have had two children’s retreats at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama.  It had children of all ages; there was even one 82 year old child by the name of Swami Veda Bharati! We all had a great silence,...

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How are Mantras Chosen in Initiation?

A mantra is a syllable or a series of syllables appropriate for an individual person. Here a person might ask his initiator, “You hardly know my name. How can you choose a mantra for me?” There are two different processes for acquiring knowledge: a rational process and an intuitive process. First of all, you must know who you are. Many people identify themselves with...

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Initiation: Expectation and Reality

Sometimes what seekers expect from initiation can be unreasonable. It must be remembered that mantra initiation is the first initiation on the yogic path, not the last. Some newcomers to  yoga expect expect to become enlightened right away, but this is not how things work. True, for some, self-realization is instantaneous, but most of us may need to practice meditation...

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Initiation on the Spiritual Level

Finally, initiation affects us on the spiritual level too, opening us to the ultimate source of wisdom, called hiranyagarbha (golden womb) in Sanskrit. Hiranyagarbha  is the non-personal inner teacher, or guru, from which all embodied teachers draw their light. Initiation connects us with that guru.

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Initiation on the Level of Mind

In addition to affecting us on the physical and energetic  levels, initiation affects our mind through the mantra. The mantra given at initiation can lead us towards inner peace. Here’s how. Our minds are usually filled with random thoughts – some painful, some pleasant. If we focus on painful thoughts, we feel pain. If we shift our focus to pleasant thoughts, we...

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Initiation on the Energetic Level

On the energetic level, initiation has two aspects. It provides us with a glimpse of our goal and helps us to start its practice. Normally it is seen that in the presence of a person who is experiencing strong emotions, the same emotions are aroused in us. For example, we might feel fear in the presence of one who is terrified and angry near the one who is enraged. This...

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Last Desires

It is said in the spiritual traditions of India, as they are commonly practiced that (1) Whatever one’s last thoughts at the hour of death in this life. They will manifest themselves in the next life. (2) One’s last thoughts are the sum total of all that one has desired, enjoyed and suffered during this life. It is therefore always advised that...

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Initiation on the Physical Level

On the physical level, initiation is a ritual marking a turning point in our life. With initiation, an individual becomes a student of a particular guru of yoga and places himself or herself under the direct tutelage of this spiritual master and other teachers practicing the same style of yoga. To some extent, being initiated is like becoming part of a family with the...

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Initiation

What is initiation? It is said that the practices of yoga yoke all levels of our being into a unity. Similarly, initiation affects all the levels of our lives – physical, mental and spiritual. Let’s see what initiation means on each of these levels.

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Raja Yoga and Its Divergent Paths

The great masters, the founders of the Himalayan tradition of yoga, were aware of the different pathways leading to self-conquest, to self-exploration, to the core of our highest consciousness. However, not every disciple is capable of mastering all the different areas of meditation. Some persons may decide to practice only physical yoga for a long time; others may...

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Gradual Change in Personality

Changes in the human personality do not take place overnight. Before going to bed, take a look in the mirror to observe your face. On waking up the next morning, observe keenly if your face has changed overnight. It has not. It is the same face. Look at it again the following evening. You will find that, from morning to evening, it is the same face. The next morning, next...

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Mantra as an Energy Force

We can proceed a little further. The entire universe is run no matter how small it is, some form of energy is transmitted from the disciple to the recipient. In the Brhadaranyak Upanishad, dated circa 14th century BC, we can read about a list of teachers of a particular lineage, giving details of each teacher having taught whom. Thus a list of 68 generations of teachers...

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Effect of a Repeated Sound

The theory of mantra is based on the principle that the sounds, letters and syllables of the alphabets carry within them the focus of certain psychic or mental vibrations. Each syllable has within it a particular ray of consciousness. When we think of a particular letter of the alphabet or combinations of these letters, each produces certain thoughts and vibrations. There...

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Christmas Message 2014 – SVB

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What is Mantra?

A mantra is a word or a series of words; or it can be a thought or a prayer, but not in the sense in which the word ‘prayer’ is used ordinarily. It is more like linking our lower consciousness with the higher consciousness, which we call Divine consciousness, or the divine life-force. A mantra is a sound-unit, a thought-unit. It is a sound or a series of sounds given...

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The Word ‘Mantra’

The word ‘mantra’ is related to the English words ‘man’, ‘mind’ and ‘mental’, which are derived from the Latin world mens (mind) and which in turn arises from the Greek word menos (mind).  Menos, mens, mental, mind, man and mantra – all are derived from the Sanskrit verb root man, meaning ‘to meditate’. Man is the living entity who can meditate as...

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SVB Diwali Message 2014

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Visualisations

Many different forms of visualisations with devotion and surrender are practised as part of contemplative and meditative systems base in various faiths. A Christian may visualise the suffering of Christ on Stations of the Cross; s/he may visualise His compassionate visage; or the Pieta figure; or the mental image of a saint. This may be accompanied with the contemplations...

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With the purpose & objectives to:

1. Advise all organs of the United Nations, and states and political entities, on questions of morality and ethics relating to sovereignty, human rights , human relationships, equitable distribution of wealth and opportunity, relationships among religions and ethics, environment and such other matters of interest to humanity;     2. Plan for education for...

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Bearing in mind the definition that:

Peace is a state of consciousness and mind that is free of internal conflict (s) within an individual as well as collectively within, and consequently among, groups of individuals known as families, nations, religions or ethnic units and such other terms,   And that; Education for ethical conduct and peace in a planet-wide system will consist...

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Be It Further Proposed That:

The methods adopted by various religions for proselytizing should be examined by an impartial, international, inter-religious commission, which would find and suggest ways in which the religions may propagate themselves without causing hurt and violence; without force, fraud, economic or political coercion, and yet preserves each religion’s freedom of speech and...

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Be It Proposed that:

The methodology so far adopted in teaching the role of religion and spirituality in history be thoroughly examined by a scholarly body of those well versed in religion. Thereafter, that the teaching concerning the role of religion in history be based on the premise that, more often than not, and at the level of the common people and spiritual teachers rather than at the...

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