Mantra & Japa

October 21st, 2020 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Few years ago, my family including my sons went to an astrologer. The astrologer was a pious man. He used to practice mantra and japa simultaneously. He was quite renowned astrologer. He predicted some activities and death accurately. I don’t want to mention all but he predicted his wife’s date of death.

My family and my sons did not believe the prediction of the man because few years ago we used to think that we can do everything on our own due to ignorance. They thought that some predictions could be assumption or interpretation.

He asked me, “Do you do Japa”? I used to take the name of ‘Shiva’ every now and then. I answered,” I chant 108 names of Shiva every day”.

He didn’t say anything but one sentence touched my mind thoroughly. He said “if you do Japa continuously, you can predict some of the thing easily. Japa gives you solace and peace”.

With my own intellect, I came to know the difference between Mantra and  Japa.

Mantras are  the spiritual sounds created in the nature. These are the syllables created naturally which is called “Brahma Naad”. Pronunciation of Mantras is very important because it relates  to Brahma Naad.

In Indian philosophy, it is  said that during Vedic period, Guru (spritual teacher) used to ask their Shishwa (students) to analyse the teaching and understand it deeply through their intellect. By listening and through analytical skills, they created mantras, following their gurus.

Though western countries said that some mantras do not have meanings. But every mantra was created from some special sounds or vibrations and they have some inner meaning but all gurus may not know the meaning. That doesn’t mean mantras are meaningless.

The greatest mantra is the “Gayatri Mantra”.

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥

Tat saviturvareniyam

The meaning is very vast.

We meditate on the glory of the Creator;
Who has created the Universe;
Who is worthy of Worship;
Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light;
Who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance;

Regular chanting of mantras bring concentration and keep the nervous system healthy. The vibration of Mantras energise thalamus and pituitary glands if pronounce correctly. Mantras take more time for chanting because without understanding mantras are useless. It is said that mantras are to be chanted 108 times. It takes more time.

On the contrary, japa is easier to chant. It takes less time. Japa is a meditative state of chanting some small mantra or repeating god’s name. “ॐ नमः शिवाय'(Om Namah Shivaya) or ” ॐ वासुदेवाय नमः”( Om Vasudevay Namah) It is said that japa removes impurities from the mind. It helps us to unite with God or outer energy. Japa are to be chanted for 108 times which has a meaning. This number also connects the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth. 108 represents the combination of inner energy with outer energy.

Now I can visualise, why the saintly astrologer asked me to do japa as japa makes us to realise the presence of God and communion with divine power. If japa is done with full concentration we can predict many more things which are unknown to us and many. Pranam to the holy astrologer 🙏🙏





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What is Death

October 13th, 2020 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

“The day, man will find that he never really dies; that his Soul persists beyond death; he will have no more fear of death.”
– Swami Vivekananda

Death in Bhagvad Gita says that there is no death. In chapter two, it is said that the soul in the body never has birth or death. It is said that the process of changing the body is birth or death.

According to Lord Buddha, death is a natural process of the body. After death, the body is prepared for rebirth.The dying person should wait for rebirth. Buddha believed that birth & death are the natural cycle of Samsara. After suffering and following eight path of enlightenment, one can achieve Nirvana.
According to Christianity, death is the end of body. Scripture says though our body will decompose but the soul can go to God’s house eternally or separated from God.

Sikhism also believes that there is no heaven or hell. God fixes the date of death.

Now I will explain you about death. My father used to tell us  that death is real, life is untruth. I didn’t understand what my father had meant to explain the word “death”.

After analysing, I realised that life is Maya or illution like mirage. Whatever we imagine is not the truth. Whatever we think may not come true. Sometimes it comes true and we think that what we think, it becomes.

Death is very difficult, living is easier. While living, we can plan our objectives but sometimes it’s come true, sometimes not. Death cannot be asked for. It decides its own time.

I came to know that there are some mantras which can bring the death nearer to us. If we can chant it clearly and regularly, we can experience the process of death. But it is wrong to interfere in the God’s planning. Better wait for His decision.

When we reach the state of Nishkaam means selfless or desireless action and understand the process of detachment we will understand  the path of our Death.

At last ,I got a conclusion that when we are in a body, we are alive, without body means death.

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Ruby Anniversary

October 9th, 2020 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

On the eve of this day,
we have completed forty- one years
Together with storms and cool breeze
What love we had, diminishing slowly
Could be I learn to detach myself.

Remembering the year Nineteen seventy nine,
I was young and good looking,
We tied a knot on Tenth of October
You were young as well as innocent.

Could not recollect, when these years passed,
Two boys became grown up and tall
And both settled in their life with two little angels.
They are busy with their work and promotions

Physical love has gone ,entered into spiritual life
Every month sit in silence for hours
Think how life begins and how it ends
Nobody is bothered and even doesn’t want to know.

Love life can be invaluable if anyone knows the value of love.
I pray to God that we will meet in next birth.
We have to bear & love each other till we get separated bodily.
Jashodhara Purkayastha
10th, October 2020.

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