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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2 Responses

  1. Mahua Chakrabarti Says:

    Very well said. These are tools to purify ones inner being. To achieve mental calm and prepare for direct connect with the creator.
    Of course it developed some or other siddhi in sadhaks.
    They help us to remain in the present moment and leave the thoughts about past and future.

  2. Jashodhara Purkayastha Says:

    Thank you Mahua.

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