Mantra is not the name of a god or goddess or of a person. It is not a holy word or part of a hymn. Mantra is not sacred, nor is it a tool for concentration. It is a vehicle for expansion of mind and liberation of energy.
Unlocking Pandora’s Box
What happens when you are practising mantra ? More and more thoughts express themselves. Mind becomes wild. As long as you are occupied, you are quiet; your mind is peaceful. But when you begin to concentrate on the mantra, everything comes out from the depths. Does this mean that you are not progressing? Is it a negative symptom? No- during the period when you practise mantra, the wilder the mind becomes, the better it is for you. It is not clarity, tranquility or passivity of mind that is required. The most important thing is to face the mind- to see the entire process.
There are four ways in which mantra can be practised: (i) baikhari – aloud, with the mouth; (ii) upanshu – whispering, with movement of the lips; (iii) manasik – silently in the mind, with no movement of the lips or tongue, no stir in the throat; (iv) ajapa japa – spontaneously with the breath.
At Dhrti yoga center the spiritual events that goes on are:
Daily Japa Yoga Hare Krishna Maha Mantra
Monday: Shiva aradhana
Tuesday: Hanuman chalisa
Wednesday: Currently learning Sri Adi Sankaracharya’s Bhaja Govindam
Thursday: Guru chants
Friday: Sri Lalita Sahasranama stotram
Saturday: Maha Mrityunjaya Havan at Atma Darshan Yoga Ashram
Ashtami: Sri Saundarya Lahiri
Ekadashi: Bhagavad Gita