All pandiths these days suggest that, in Kali Yuga,
Nama Japa, Bhakthi through bhajan,kirthan as the easiest
way as Jnana Yoga cannot be followed by all. However
Sri Shankara Bhagavathpada has clearly told, whichever
path you follow, by attaining Jnana only, Self Realisation
is possible.So those who are capable of understanding
Jnana, learning Jnana along with nama japa, they will
be easily able to attain Self Realisation.
Self Realisation are Narada Muni(Brahma Rishi, known
for Bhakti Yoga in Scriptures), Samartha Ramadas
(Shivaji Maharaj's Guru), Brhama Chaithanya
Sri Gondavale Maharaj, Shridhara Swamy of Varadapura
near Sagar,Karnataka, Saint Thyagaraja(classical music
exponent), Saint Goswami Thulasidas Maharaj,
Sri Ramdas of Kanhangad,Kerala.
You have to fill the name with love, whenever you repeat it,
saturate it with Bhakti & Devotion, cry out from the depths
of your heart.This is very important, so much so, tears of
Bhakti should flow out. Lord RAMA's name is quite popular
among sadhaks following Nama Japa. However a sadhaka
of formless God or with form, may repeat OM-kara which is
equally potent or even more potent.
in Spiritual Progress through Nama Japa or Kirthana.
& Nama Japa --
the Ashram. I asked the villager what he and Bhagavan had
talked about. He said that Bhagavan had asked him why he
was standing there so far away. "I told Bhagavan, 'I am
only an ignorant, poor villager. How am I to approach
you who are God incarnate?'"
“In the Kaliyuga, man, being totally dependent on food for
life, cannot altogether shake off the idea that he is the
body. In this state of mind it is not proper for him to say,
‘I am He.’ When a man does all sorts of worldly things, he
should not say ‘I am Brahman.’ Those who cannot give up
attachment to worldly things, and who find no means to shake
off the feeling of ‘I,’ should rather cherish the idea: ‘I am God’s
servant. I am His devotee.’ One can also realize God
following the path of devotion.”
Have faith in the name of God. Then you won’t need even to
go to holy places. One should always chant His name. Even
when one is performing one's duties, the mind should be left
God and His name are identical. …
There is no difference between Rama and His holy name
and makes sins disappear.
Repeat His name, and sins will disappear. Thus you will
destroy lust, anger, the desire for creature comforts, and so on.
Pray to God with a yearning heart that you may take delight in
His name. He will certainly fulfill your heart’s desire.
(Paramahansa Ramakrishna in GSR, 203.)
The glory of the Name of God cannot be established through
through devotion, faith and constant repetition of the Name.
Chanting the Name fosters love of God
Chant the name of God, and with it pray to Him that you may
have love for Him. Pray to God that your attachment to such t
ransitory things as wealth, name, and creature comforts may
become less and less every day.
(Paramahansa Ramakrishna in GSR, 190-1.)
Anu Smriti Says....(16)
When we sing Nama Kirthana with Bhakti, Just as all
animals run in all directions when they hear the roar of lion,
all our sins run away from us !
Shuka Muni tells Parikshith Maharaj--
O, King !, those who are full of dispassion, not afraid of
anything, who want to achieve Parama Purushartha, Hari
Nama Kirthana is the only definite way.
Chanting God’s Name will lead to enlightenment
One should cultivate a taste for God's name. Any name will do
-- Durga, Krishna, or Siva. Then if, through the chanting of the
name, one's attachment to God grows day by day, and joy fills
the soul, one has nothing to fear. ... The grace of God will
(Paramahansa Ramakrishna in GSR, 204.)
The wonder of chanting the name--
After the initial practice of chanting, may be few days or
few months depending on the person, the chanting of the
In this way people who have the real taste of nama japa know
japa happens of its own involuntarily.
Nama Japa is Veda Parayana
When the above thought flashes in our mind, as a result of
NamaJapa leading to Spiritual Jnana, that is the fulfillment of
continuing it for an hour or more I fall into a state like sleep
to the exclusion of all other thoughts. That is the
Chakra along the Sushumna, ends in Vishuddha Chakra &
Scriptures & Saints have told. Sri Ranga Maha Guru even
demonstrated it by pinching a person's stomuch , who could
not speak.So Nama Japa sound vibration passes along the
Kundalini Path, which helps Spiritual Progress.
nose.Use the middle finger and the thumb of the right to roll
the beads. The use of the index finger is prohibited. Do not
cross the meru(knot or Big Bead) while rolling the beads.
Turn back when you come to it.
Please note that count is not important, Bhava-full of Bhakthi is
Attention during Nama Japa
This should be like the concentration we have when we count
money notes one by one carefully, during a transaction.
similarly each name should be given full concentration & your
attention should not be on the clock or other surrounding
Morning Four o'clock to Six o' clock is the best period in a day !
--Brahmi Muhurath . However Nama Japa should continue
non-stop parallely , whatever work you do during rest of the day.
Linking the Nama Japa to Breath exhale,retension & inhale
We can link the Nama Japa to exhaling, one Nama Japa to
retention(Kumbhaka), one nama Japa to inhaling. By this
method, Nama Japa repeats associated with breathing
takes place automatically. Consult those who are experienced.
Linking the Nama Japa to Thoughtless MIND.
This is the most important aspect for the success of Nama
Japa .If you are able to achieve a thoughtless mind positively
success in Nama Japa is assured at the shortest Period.
very existence with the Divinity of the Mantra.
blissful to hear. Such is the bliss that Rama nama fills your
heart with joy if you just remember it. While revealing Rama
Charita Manasa to the saints, Goswamiji Maharaj says these
two letters are so much lovable as Rama and Lakshmana to
Thulasidas.Towards the end of Ramacharithamanasa,
Thulsidasa says the following about Rama of raghu's lineage
and his name."Sree Rama is an ornament to the raghu's race.
His beautiful attractive form and his Ramanama both should
be dear to me,meaning that the Lords form and His name
should be dear to me.”
Meaning of the above chanting--
SRI RAMA -- Lakshmi along with Rama
JAYA RAMA-- Rama who gives success in worldly life, as well
as in Spiritual Sadhanas(Yogas)
JAYA JAYA RAMA-- Rama who is capable of removing
desires prevalent everywhere, who
gives Success for Truth(Sathya),
Righteous Living (Dharma) & powerful
to convert the world as VYKUNTA
(abode of LORD VISHNU).
Those who chant this Mantra are definite to achieve Benefit &
Success in their endeavors & failure will not be there at all.
Sri Brahma chaithanya Maharaj of Gondavale made
propagation of Nama Japa as his life's mission & used
supernatural powers to serve people.Even today free food
is served at Gondavale where his Samadhi is there.
For more details read posting--
front multiplies the potency of the chant manifold.
let us begin with Baba’s words, "The simple remembrance of
My name as "Sai, Sai" will do away with sins of speech and
hearing. He alone knows the ways of getting things done, as
he likes. Neither the flute, nor the harmonium knows, how the
sounds are produced. This is the concern of the players
this is the simple Sadhana for attaining salvation."
(Sri Sai Satcharitra Ch.III).
SIVA or SHIVA means'The auspicious one'
7) OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
It means "I bow to Shiva."
NAMAH SHIVAYA is the famous Panchakshari Mantra of
However OM NAMAH SHIVAYA is more popular due to the
addition of OM( ॐ) as the power & rhythm are favorite of the
Om Namah Shivay is a very powerful mantra. It has been
said about this mantra that if this mantra vibrates continually
in your heart, then you have no need to perform austerities, to
meditate, or to practise yoga. To repeat this mantra you need
no rituals or ceremonies, nor must you repeat it at an
auspicious time or in a particular place." This mantra is free
of all restrictions. It can be repeated by anyone, young or old,
rich or poor and no matter what state a person is in, it will
8) Om Namo Narayanaya
" to Lord Vishnu/Praise the name of Vishnu"
|Narayana represents the Path of Waters (of Life) in their |
involutionary and evolutionary cycles.
"NA" stands for the Evolutionary Path from gross to subtle.
This is the secret Mantra told to Sri Ramanujacharya by
his Guru but Sri Ramanujacharya made it public, as it is
beneficial to all people, without minding the consequences
of publicizing it against Guru's wish. When this was told to
his Guru, Guru appreciated the intention of
Sri Ramanujacharya to help the people & his unselfishness.
9) Hari Om,Hari Om,...
This is also the famous Mantra of Lord Vishnu, which is
short & sweet.
'Hari' means ‘the remover’. When one remembers His name
and then repeats it, sins, karmas and bad astrological effects
are steadily erased. Pain and suffering are removed. ‘Om’ is
the primordial cosmic vibration from which sprang the entire
cosmos and all creation. The most famous mantra is ‘Hari Om’.
It’s essential meaning is that Hari is Om. ‘Hari Om’ is a
universal mantra that removes suffering. This mantra contains
within itself the cosmic vibration. Through Hari Om meditation,
prana moves from one energy centre to the other.
There is also a Mantra --
Hari OM TAT SAT
HARI= omnipresent sky capable of burning anything, and
omnipresent omnipotent energy
* Om refers to the Supreme Infinite Spirit or Person. Om
represents the Shabda Brahman.
* Tat refers to 'that', or 'all that is'.
* Sat refers to 'the absolute truth', that which is not evanescent
or ephemeral, the underlying basis of everything, which is most
fundamental and universal. ‘Sat’ is the one and only eternal
HARI OM TAT SAT = 'Glory to Thee, the embodiment of power
I am HE or THAT
Universal mantra: The Soham mantra has been called
the universal mantra because of the fact that its vibration is
already a part of the breath, and everybody breathes.Sooooo...
is the sound of inhalation, and Hummmm... is the sound of
SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR
reversed becomes 'Hamsa' which is the name given to those
whose Kundalini has reached Sahasrara like Ramakrishna
I was told this Mantra is used by 'Art Of Living' org. in their
'Sudarshan Kriya Yoga'
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By the above examples of Saints who have achieved Self
Realisation & Liberation through Nama Japa,which is most
suitable in Kali Yuga, let GOD lead us in this Path to find
fulfillment of this rare Human Birth.
-- GOD'S ANUGRAHA(Grace)