Japam

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  1. malaswami

    malaswami Platinum IL'ite

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    Japam is of three types

    Vachika - loud recitation - effective
    Upamshu - soft recitation - more effective
    Manasikam - within the mind - most effective.

    Whether one is physically clean or not, or is walking, talking, eating, sleeping, a true devotee should never stop reciting the bhagawan naama and an upasaka his ishta devata's mUla mantra. But Shuddi and achaara has to be maintained for the first two types of japam. These rules do not apply for mAnasika japa, the superior among the three.

    Please Note, This is done only mentally and not even a single letter is uttered openly... Ive met people of both extremes.... Not even uttering the name of the upasana devata loudly and also people who chant out moola mantrams loudly sitting on bed(just to show off) Apart from all these... the sastra itself prescribes chanting of certain moola mantrams during night...

    One classical example is Varahi... "Diva Na Smaret Vaartaaliim" - do not remember varaahi during the day...

    Devatas like Ucchishta Ganapaty, Pulindini, VanadurgA, Kiratha Sastha etc. can be chanted during the night..

    And for a true upasaka there is nothing called "No Result" The sole purpose of japam is to remove the mental attachment towards "Result" and turn it towards the ultimate truth.
     
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    vjbunny IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi Mala
    Nice article if you can expand the last para it will be so good...
     
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    Hi VJBUNNY

    Upasana is different and mantra japam is different....

    There are actually three steps....
    1. Japasheela
    2. Japayagna
    3. Upasaka

    A person who chants a particular mantra for a specific benefit (like a job, family issue, business development, child etc) is a person who is doing japam... By the grace of the Lord on whom he is doing the japam.. he may sucees his mission for which the japam was done.... if he is so sincere and vigorous in this he may be termed japa sheela.

    Whereas an upasaka is a person who worships the Lord - to attain a state of complete merger with the Lord. He lives in a stage where his total life revolves around his Ishta Devata... Round the clock his thinking will be around his Lord. If a japasheela has Guru Krupa, over a period of time he may realize the divine force and also understand that the divinity is not only for material benefits, he may destroy his ignorance and raise one level and become a japayagna. At this stage, if the japayagna is still fortunate and if he a is wise person, he may focus his japam procedurally towards the Lord and he may raise to the level of an Upasaka. So one is doing a japam, he must be sincere and may start as a japasheela, become a japayagna and then raise to an upasaka. A true upasaka's mind, action and thought will always be on his Lord... When one reaches this level he is sure to reach the ultimate... But this is possible only with sheer compassion called Guru Krupa...

    Hope this clears
     
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    did anyone knows about kaali maatha japa ?? please tell me .. thank you
     
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    malaswami Platinum IL'ite

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    Dear Aravind sastha
    Its not Plagiarism....
    I would have forgotten at the time....anyways its a small mistake on my part for not have given the source.
    here is the original source....Sanatana Dharma
    I am a ardent reader of your Sanathana Dharma...
    Thanks for pointing out...

    Malathi
     
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