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Mantrā Magic Numbers!

The magic of mantrā is magnified or intensified as we chant, depending on your vision of expansion or withdrawal in each moment. Japa originates from the root meaning of jap - to say or utter in a low, quiet or inner voice.

As we move from chanting out loud in vaikhari japa, to whispered as upamsu japa and then silently repeated to the self as manasika japa, the force field of mantrā grows exponentially more powerful. From upamsu japa being 100 times more effective than vaikhari japa, manasika japa 1000 times more powerful than upamsu japa, to manasika japa being 100,000 times more magnetic than vaikhari japa!

Mantrā is fundamental to my daily sadhana and I follow the pattern of three with transitions through silence [see Aum]. This means I chant each mantrā three times aloud, three whispered and three internally before settling into silence either for meditation or transition.

Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ

tat savitur vareṇyaṃ

bhargo devasya dhīmahi

dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt

[Rigveda 3.62.10]

Evoking earth, etheric realm and the heavens,

Let us bring our mind to dwell

In the radiance of the Divine Truth

May that Truth inspire our reflections

Oṃ tryámbakaṃ yajāmahe

sughandhíṃ puṣṭivardhánam

urvārukam iva bandhánān

mṛtyor mukṣīya māmṛtāt

[Rigveda 7.59]

We meditate on Siva, the 3-eyed one

Knower of past, present and future

Who permeates and nourishes all like a fragrance

As in due time the stem of cucumber weakens

And the gourd is freed from the vine

So release us from attachment to the material

And liberate us into the eternal

Om asato mā sadgamaya

tamaso mā jyotirgamaya

mṛtyor mā'mṛtaṃ gamaya

[Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad 1.3.28]

From ignorance, lead me to truth

From darkness, lead me to light

From death, lead me to immortality

Oṁ shāntiḥ shāntiḥ shāntiḥ

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