Japa is recitation of a group of Syllables for a better Spiritual Life.
This can also be used to achieve one’s Desires not in conflict with Dharma or Righteousness.
These Japa mantras are grasped from the Ether by ancient Indian Rishis and transmitted through word of Mouth.
As a Rule, these mantras are to be initiated by a Preceptor,Guru, who assesses you and guides you in your spiritual journey.
One must also now the correct pronunciation.
Japa can be done in three ways.
1.Chanting openly, this is described as the least effective, one is advised not to follow this,
2.Chanting by moving the lips with no sound emanating.
3.Do the Japa mentally.This is highly recommended and is most effective.
4.Select any Mantra or Name of God, preferably that given to you by your Guru, and repeat it from 108 to 1,080 times daily .
5. Always keep your Guru-Mantra a secret.
6.Take a bath , perform Sanshyavandan before doing Japa.
7. The early morning period (Brahmamuhurta) and dusk is the most favourable time for Japa and meditation.
8.. Face East or North .
9.Sit on a deer skin or rug, with a piece of cloth over it.
10.Temple,River banks or under a banyan or peepul tree are ideal.or puja room or a room which is calm and quiet.
11. Maintain a steady pose, that is comfortable, Sukasana.
12. A rosary is a whip to goad the mind towards God.
Use a rudraksha or tulsi mala of 108 beads.
Do not allow the mala to hang below the navel.
Keep the hand near the heart or the nose.
The mala must not be visible to you or to others.
Cover it with a towel or handkerchief, which must be clean and washed daily.
Use the Ring finger and the thumb of the right to roll the beads.
The use of the index finger is prohibited
Do not cross the meru while rolling the beads.
Turn back when you come to it.
Or You can count with your Right Palm, staring from the Middle phalanx of the Ring finger, come down, proceed to little finger proximal phalanx;
then go up through the little finger, then on to the Distal Phalanx of the Ring finger,to distal phalanx of the Middle finger,to the Index Finger and
proceed to the Proximal phalanx.
This completes ten.
Then reverse the direction.
Never cross over the Phalanx.
Once you complete ten, keep track with your left finger
This is most Ideal.
13.When you repeat the Mantra, have the feeling or mental attitude that the Lord is seated in your heart, that purity or Sattva is flowing from the Lord into your mind, that the Mantra is purifying your heart, destroying desires, cravings and evil thoughts.
14.. Do not do the Japa in a hurried manner.
Do it slowly with feeling, one-pointedness of mind and single-minded devotion
15..Pronounce the Mantra distinctly and without any mistakes.
Repeat it neither too slowly nor too fast.
Increase the speed only when the mind wanders.
Be vigilant and alert during Japa.
Stand up when sleep tries to overpower you.
16.. Try to associate the Japa with the rhythm of the breath and meditate in the form of your Deity.
17.Keep a picture or idol of the Deity in front of you.
18.Think of the meaning of the Mantra while repeating it. Regularity in Japa Sadhana is most essential if success is to be achieved.
19.Sit in the same place and at the same time every day.
20. Observe silence and avoid distractions, calls and engagements.
21..It is important not to leave the place at once after the Japa is over and mix with everyone or plunge into worldly activity.
Sit very quietly for at least ten minutes, humming some prayer, remembering the Lord and reflecting upon His infinite love.
Some Japa Mantras To Be recited as Japa after being initiated by a Guru.
A Guru shall reach out to you if you are serious enough.
This post is to create awareness of Japa.
Om Sri Ganapataye Namah
Om Namah Shivaya (Panchakshara)
Om tryambakam yajamahe
mrityor mukshiya maamritaat.
Om Sri Durgayai Namah
Om Sri Kalikayai Namah
Om Sri Maha-Lakshmyai Namah
Om Namo Narayanaya (Ashtakshara)
Hari Om Tat Sat
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Om Sri Krishnaya Govindaya Gopijana Vallabhaya Namah
Om Sri Krishnaya Namah
Om Sri Hanumate Namah
Om Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram
Om Sri Ramaya Namah
Sri Rama Rama Rameti,
Rame Rame Manorame
Sahasranama Tattulyam Rama Nama Varanane
Om Sri Sita-Ramachandradhyam Namah
Om Sri Sarasvatyai Namah
Lord Subramanya, Kartikeya:
Om Sri Saravanabhavaya Namah
Sharangati Mantra (for surrender):
Om Sri Ramah Sharanam Mama
Om Sri Krishnah Sharanam Mama
Om Sri Sita-Ramah Sharanam Mama
Om Sri Bala-Parameshvaryai Namah
Om Sri Tripura-Sundaryai Namah
Om Tat Tvam Asi
Om Aham Brahma Asmi