Japa yogaens tradition
Mantra yoga, or Japa yoga as it is also called, is a form of yoga where a mantra is repeated over and over again to open up toThe self and create depth in the meditation.
By focusing on the sounds of the mantra and on the repairs, the senses are sharpened and the mind is concentrated on the present. Japa yoga's goal is to bring you closer to your higherSelfand to create positive vibrations.
In Hinduism there are said to be threeGuṇa'er - three ubiquitous and inherent' jaws' in the world. The first isSattva which can be translated with kindness, creativity and harmony. The other isRajas which can be interpreted as passion, activity and dynamism. The third isTamas that means something in the direction of anxiety, apathy and chaos.
It is said that mantra meditation neutralizes and brings balance in especiallyRajas andTamas.
So we can not escape chaos or apathy, but we can create a balance between the three Gunas and create a healthy dynamic in their various characteristics.
Ourcreatureis a complex interplay betweenThe Gunas and through meditation and mantra repetition we can approach them and create calm around them.
There are three ways to practice Japa yoga
The first is called Baikhari.
Here the mantra is sung or said aloud and with great strength. Here it is both the one who repeats the mantra and those who listen who can benefit from its sounds. Baikhari japa is a good way to chant in choirs and together in larger gatherings. However, practicing baikhari japa alone can also be a great experience as you really get power on your voice and your mantra.
The other is calledUpanshu.
Here the mantra is repeated softly and softly and is intended as a quiet and private form of meditation. Upanshu means 'to whisper' andupanshu japais perhaps something for you who do not like to chant loudly or with others.
The third is calledManasic.
This is a japa mediation that is only repeated in your interior. This form of japa yoga is said to be the most difficult, but it can also, when you master it, bring you deep into your meditation - because here everything takes place in the mind and you can give yourself completely to the repetition.
Some of the traditional japa mantras are:
- About orAum- the universal sound and the sound of creation
- So'HumorSo'ham - 'I am' or 'I am that'
- About Namah Shivaya- A prayer, worship or greeting to Shiva *
- About Shanti Shanti Shanti - The universal sound +fred (Shanti)to body, mind and speech (voice).
Guru Om An acknowledgment, worship or greeting to yoursGuru*
Another mantra (from kundalini yoga) is'ong namo guru dev namo ' which meanssomething in the direction of'I bow to my inner source of wisdom and to live onelife in greater consciousness; my journey from darkness to shelter '
* Shiva - absolute reality.
* Guru - A teacher.Gu can be translated as 'dark' and rough can be interpreted as 'remover' - that is, a remover of darkness.