Types of Yoga| mantra yoga
Mantra Yoga

mantra yogaThe practice of Mantra yoga is a practice of accuracy of recital with the correctness of attitude and proper channelising of the mantra energy towards the divine consciousness. The process requires certain practices that have to be followed to the core in order to attain fulfillment of the ultimate goal of salvation.


These guidelines are as follows:


Arrangement of a proper seat and a peaceful place to practice Mantra yoga.


Seated preferably in Padmasana, Siddhasana or Sukhasana whichever can be retained comfortably by the Sadhak for at least three hours or so. This posture should not be changed in the process as it will interrupt the process and divert the attention.


Mantra yoga is best practiced in the early hours of the morning or in the evenings when it is more peaceful and it is easier to concentrate.


It is necessary to be feeling fresh and taking a bath is a preferable way of doing this. The freshness of the body also keeps the mind fresh and in a better position to concentrate. This is however not mandatory and a person can do Mantra yoga after washing his feet and hands and face if he feels able to concentrate by doing so.


It is preferable to do mental recital before doing the voice intonations of the mantra. This guides the thought process sufficiently and makes the process of concentration easier. This is called Manasik japa.


A rosary or Tulsi bead mala or Rudraksha mala can be used to keep a count of the number of mantras. The number enchanted is as per the laid down rules for a certain mantra. It is believed that following this rule of mantra numbers is mandatory.


Mentally the image of the deity should be visualized while reciting the mantras. This helps in controlling the mind from wandering aimlessly in different directions.


The voice intonations should be properly followed with accuracy of pronunciation so as to be able to generate the sound waves having the same kinds of vibrations with the same maintained energy levels.


It is very important to maintain constancy of practice while doing Mantra yoga. This is true for other forms of yoga as well. This is mainly because yoga is a practice of dynamics. It yields results with repetition. So it is important that a person does the same practice at the same time of the day every day.


It is also important to keep the mind from any desires during the practice of mantra recital. The mind must not be focused on asking anything from God in return. This is not just a way of offering prayers. It is more about experiencing the supernatural by combining various levels of energies.

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The Mantra yoga is generally practiced under the guidance of a guru. The guru gives a certain mantra to a certain Sadhak. It is believed that it is decided as per the capabilities of the Sadhak. It is also believed that the Sadhak should not be disclosing this mantra to anyone for it to retain all its power. It is also believed that the Sadhak should recite just this mantra and nothing else.


At all times all distractions should be completely avoided so that the mantras can be properly recited and their divine potential is experienced.


After the mantra recital is over the Sadhak should not be in a hurry to get back to his daily activities. He should take his time and continue with silent recital of the mantra or some other prayer and slowly take time to absorb and assimilate all the energy generated by his recitals. Then he should slowly get back to his activities.


The Mantra Yoga Sadhana is believed to be a constant process and it is believed that during many times a day the mantras can be recited silently and same effects can still be created and experienced.


Mantras should always be recited with deep feeling and emotions without making any mistakes. This can be easily achieved after practicing a few times.


In terms of modern times the fundamental nature of Mantra yoga can be interpreted not only by the scientific nature of the sound energies generated in the process, but also by the intense faith exhibited by the Sadhak in the process of trying to attain the ultimate deliverance. God is more about experiencing the creative energy in every entity rather than being a vision. When the Sadhak recites the mantras with complete faith he automatically starts aligning his subconscious toward the supreme conscious.


The Kundalini when aroused moves from Muladhara Chakra to Sahasrara Chakra. A person feels great warmth in that portion of the body where Kundalini is taken through concentration. When the Kundalini leaves a certain portion of the body to go another Chakra the part of the body becomes very cold.