How to practice Mantra Meditation

Practicing Japa Meditation in a tranquil environment

Practicing Japa Meditation in a tranquil environment

We need to address our spiritual needs in order to feel peacefulness, comfort and relief from the tension of life. Mantra meditation gives us the satisfaction we are seeking.

A mantra is a transcendental sound vibration which is spiritually potent. It acts in the material dimension without losing any of its spiritual power. We cannot create a mantra by ourselves – it descends to the student from the spiritual teacher who is coming in a long line of spiritual teachers originating with the Supreme. Since time immemorial the spiritual teachers have passed on mantras to their students in this way. 

Through mantra meditation we gradually become more enlightened. Every day our awareness of our real identity increases and thus we get a better vision of the meaning and goal of our life. We become more tolerant of other people, more inclined to forgive others, more caring and loving.

Regular chanting of mantras never becomes boring or dull.

How to practice mantra meditation.

A breathing meditation with the mantra “Gauranga”: A person can meditate on the mantra “Gauranga” internally within their minds while inhaling and then vibrating the mantra out loud while exhaling. This is an individual technique. This meditation can be can practiced alone, meditating on the mantra in time with one’s own breathing rhythm. Watch a video of a student of Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda demonstrating the practice.

Difficulty level: easy to practice. You can meditate while sitting or walking.

Results:

  • helps you experience inner peacefulness and harmony
  • regulates the breathing process
  • increases the lung capacity
  • improves concentration
  • ventilates the body
  • loosens the chest
  • reduces stress
  • it calms and cleanses the mind

Meditation with beads – Japa Yoga: In this technique we use a set of meditation beads called a Japa Mala. We repeat the mantra on every bead, holding it between our middle finger and thumb. We should chant the mantras loud enough so that we can clearly hear every syllable. A nice mantra to use is Gopala Govinda Rama Madana Mohana. Japa Yoga is an individual technique. You can practice it while sitting comfortably or walking in a quiet place.

Difficulty level: easy to practice. You can meditate while sitting or walking.

Results:

  • it calms and cleanses the mind
  • frees you from negative emotions
  • effective in helping one achieve self-realization.
  • helps a person uncover their real purpose in life
  • it helps overcome addictions: nicotine, alcohol and drugs
  • improves concentration

Singing meditation – Kirtan: An enjoyable and fun meditation technique using singing and musical instruments. Kirtan incorporates our natural inclination to sing and dance and makes them spiritual activities that help us in achieving peacefulness of our mind and true happiness. View a variety of kirtan videos by Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa here.

Difficulty level: easy to practice. You can meditate while sitting or dancing.

Results:

  • releases muscle tension
  • it calms and cleanses the mind
  • increases empathy
  • regulates the breathing process
  • effective in helping one achieve self-realization
  • frees you from negative emotions

It’s important to emphasize that mantra meditation is a gradual process and the benefits are experienced through regular practice. In the same way we take time every day to brush our teeth, it’s necessary to dedicate time each day for meditation.

Namaste!

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