Use of The Mala

Different type of malas (necklaces) are needed for reciting different mantras. One may be advised to wear a particular mala all the time and use a different kind of mala for reciting the mantra. All this is between the student and the preceptor. Big bead malas slow you down. By the time you cross from one side of the hill to other, two seconds would passed. The big bead...

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Progression in Purification

The mantra is for penetrating through the veils and curtains of samskaras, for countering the existing samskaras, and for preventing the formation of new, undesirable samskaras. Samskaras are impressions of our past actions stored in the unconscious mind. Or, in the language of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, to prevent the klishta vritis (afflicted vrittis) from arising,...

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Mantra: “Reciting” Itself

Those who have received the mantra in the yoga tradition will find that, ideally speaking, the mantra is not being recited; one should learn to let the mantra be. Quite often, one has to recite the mantra, but at other times one simply invites, invokes the presence, lets the mantra arise by itself and continue in the mind. Many times, even that invocation, that...

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Meditation Time

Having a fixed time for meditation is the secret of success. One fixed time is a better of sankalpa, determination. In addition to a fixed meditation time, tune your mind to the mantra each day whenever you can and no matter where you are for a few minutes. On the other hand, allowance is made in the texts that say, “Mumukshunam sada kalah, strinam kalascha sarvada”...

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Cause of Consciousness

In some cases, right at the time of the first initiation, the preceptor may assign different syllables or part syllables of the mantra to the different centres of consciousness. For example, if an initiate is given the mantra ‘Namah Shivaya’, she/he may be tempted to place the mantra to facilitate remembrance at five of the centres as...

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Phase Four of Mental

The fourth phase in meditation should be five seconds of absolute stillness of the mind, that is if you can achieve it. Most people cannot manage more than one second of absolute stillness. One enters the chamber of silence and the mind becomes a crystal clear lake, with not a single ripple. And then from that moment of silence, one single ripple, that ripple of your...

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Phase Three: Deepening the Mantra

Now, as to deepening the mantra, please understand what the mind is. At present you associate the word ‘mind’ only with the instrument of active thought. But the mind is not just one layer. It has many, many layers vibrating at different frequencies; thus the force-field called the ‘mind’ becomes subtler and subtler and subtler at deeper is that the mind...

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Message for International Yoga Day

This is to the beloved manifestations of Divine Atman in Yoga, My dear self, I pay homage to the founders, the sages, the rishis of the Guru lineage by whose compassion, intuition and insight this eternal knowledge has come to bless and grant us beneficences at this time of our ongoing history of spiritual development in humanity. One example, the most contemporary...

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Some news from India, selected by Swami Veda

ONE 29th May was the annual day of fasting without water.  This is the hottest season but millions undertook that fast.  One and a half million people took a holy dip in Ganga at Haridwar. TWO In these times of ISIS, Al Qaida, Taliban, 9/11 and 26/11 here is news from India. A Hindu owned company in Mumbai refused employment to a Muslim on religious grounds. All India...

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Phase Two of Mental Japa

Next, the mantra is experienced merely as a verbal thought. In the Himalayan tradition, the idea of japa is first to forget that the mantra is a word and to convert the word into a vibration. The first thing one learns is to seal one’s lips, the second is to still one’s tongue while doing the japa. Third, one learns not to allow the mantra to enter other speech...

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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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