Mantras influences both the one producing them as the one hearing them. The vedic mantras originate with the seers (Rishis) that saw or heard these mantras in deep meditation.
To meditate on a mantra means to be focused on one mantra with the exclusion of all other thoughts. To repeat a mantra for a long time is also called mantra japa. By repeating the mantra we try to bring mind to a quiet state, so that the witnessing self can be fully experienced and the ego temporarily disappears. The ultimate objective of mantra meditation is Samadhi, the eight stage of Ashtanga Yoga.
The most powerful mantra meditation is when we sing the mantra inside, while being silent outside. Only then mind can be quiet enough to create real deep meditation. Listening to your mind reciting the mantra inside is the highest form of mantra meditation, until samadhi sets in.
|How to Meditate ?
Gayatri Mantra Meditation
For learning how to do mantra meditation, more general mantra's are used such as the Gayatri mantra to teach groups of people. For more advanced learning, the teacher may chose a particular mantra that is especially suited to the character of the student.
Some mantra's have a very useful effect on our feelings and health. One might call them therapeutic, but originally they are Tantric because they use many primary sounds (seed sounds) that strongly affect our energy fields.
For fear, worries & lack of self-confidence use this Kali mantra :
AUM KRANG KRING KRUNG KALIKA DEVI
SHRANG SHRING SHRUNG ME SUB
KURU KURU KURU SWAHA
For anger, irritability, negativity and depression, use this bhairav mantra :
AUM BRAM BRIM BRUM BAN BATUK
The main thing to remember about mantra meditation is that the only thing which really counts is your ability to recite the mantra without thoughts coming in between. Whichever way you can do that is the way to follow, whether inside or outside recitation, loud or whispered, synchronized with breath or visualisation,...
Leela is the ancient vedic name for the theater of life. Life in all its forms is an illusion behind which we can find the ultimate truth of pure Being. Yet life is also a divine theater, a spiritual game played by us, the actors. Yoga allows us to hold on to the bliss of truth while playing the game. And also this yoga is a game, which we can only take seriously if we do not take ourselves and this game too seriously. That is the meaning of Leela Yoga, nothing more, nothing less. So, Leela Yoga is a vision on yoga and also a name for a simple organisation that allows me to bring this vision into practice... more about Leela Yoga & Peter Marchand
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As the destination is the same for all, it is easy to make the error of assuming that the path must be just as universal.
The attachment that happens in the pursuit of happiness is the main source of unhappiness.
Don't think of going somewhere, because this somewhere will come along with you wherever you go, as you are already there.
Yoga requires unity between enjoyment and suffering, between bhoga and yoga, even between attachment and detachment.
How can anyone be "good" without a choice between good and bad?
While the mind creates the illusion of the universe through the senses, the intellect creates the illusion of understanding it.
When our day has been entirely ego-centered, then our meditation will probably have similar poor quality.
When the focus on the self is held strongly enough, the flow of kundalini energy happens on its own, naturally.
Tiptoe inside, don't make a sound, don't scare away that which cannot be found.
Enlightenment is nothing more or less than the final level of the game of life.