Mantra: “Reciting” Itself

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 invitation, is not necessary. Often one finds, on waking up at night, that the mantra is going on: one is in the bathroom and the mantra goes on; or one is in the embrace of one’s spouse and the mantra continues.

Simply learn to listen to the mantra within and become absorbed in listening.

The mantra in the yoga tradition is called a bija (seed); a seed is implanted in the mind, that is, a tiny particle of the guru’s mind is implanted into the disciple’s mind. Therefore, it has its own movement. Even if you do not recite your mantra six years from now, or 10 years from now, somewhere it is bound to come up. It is said in the yoga tradition that the mantra given to you goes with you even through death. In our teaching of the art of dying, we prefer to train people for the day when they will leave the body as the mantra accompanies them on their passage to death.

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