Mantra as a Stable Force in One’s Life

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 waiting for an appointment, or driving a car, or when in need of focusing. Your mantra is yours; it is with you. It could be a word or phrase that should remain with you all the time. Normally all kinds of random thoughts and impressions clutter the mind as these are gathered from outside. A thought or impression from outside may excite you, aggravate you, disturb you, or frighten you. But the mantra is something that is yours; it’s something from within. So while the whole world bombards you with disturbing impressions, the mantra within you should remain your permanent focus. This involves time to practice and master it so that it becomes your focus. It becomes a quiet friend to whom you can take recourse to deal with excitement and agitation. When you remember the mantra often enough, it becomes a part of your subconscious mind. The mantra can be your door to meditation because it is the focus, the focal point. The practice of mantra becomes meditation.

As you learn to use your mantra, and continue to use it, the method may be changed to take your further “up as until today you have done it this way. Now, you should move on that”.  Sometimes nothing changes for years. But do not compare yourself with others. Nor should you feel that if someone else gets a different method, then you, too, should get a different method. The one method you have been given may be effective enough for  you. It all depends on the individual and also upon the kind of relationship that she/he wants to maintain with the tradition and the source of the teaching.

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