- In this Iron Age, Japa Yoga is an easy way for attaining God-realisation.
- Japa is the repetition of any Mantra or Name of the Lord with Bhava and feeling.
- Japa removes the impurities of the mind, destroys sins and brings the devotee face to
face with the Lord.
- Every Name is filled with countless powers; just as fire has the natural property of
burning things, so also the Name of God has the power of burning the sins and desires.
- Sweeter than all sweet things, more auspicious than all good things, purer than all pure
things, is the Name of the Lord.
- Name of the Lord is a boat to cross this Samsara. It is a weapon to destroy the mind.
- The repetition of the Mantra again and again generates great spiritual force and
momentum and intensifies the spiritual Samskaras or impressions.
- Mananaat Trayate iti Mantrah: By the Manana, constant thinking or
recollection, one is released from the round of birth and death; so it is called Mantra.
- Repetition of Mantra raises vibrations. Vibrations give rise to definite forms.
Repetition of Om Namah Sivaya gives rise to the form of Lord Siva in the mind; repetition
of Om Namo Narayanaya gives rise to the form of Lord Hari.
- The glory of the Name of God cannot be established through reasoning and intellect. It
can certainly be experienced or realised, only through devotion, faith and constant
- Japa is of three kinds, viz., Manasic Japa, Upamsu Japa or humming, and Vaikhari Japa,
loud and audible Japa.
- Mental repetition of Japa, Manasic Japa, is more powerful than loud Japa.
- Get up at 4 a.m. and do the Japa for two hours. Brahmamuhurtha is most favourable for
Japa and meditation.
- If you cannot take a bath, wash your hands, feet, face and body, and sit for Japa.
- Face north or east when sitting. This enhances the efficacy of the Japa.
- Sit on a Kusha-grass seat or deer-skin or rug. Spread a white cloth over it. This
- Do some prayer before starting the Japa.
- Have a steady pose. Have Asana-Jaya or conquest over Asana. You must be able to sit in
Padma, Siddha or Sukha Asana for three hours at a stretch.
- When you repeat the Mantra, have the feeling or mental attitude that the Lord is seated
in your heart, that Sattva or purity is flowing from the Lord to your mind, that the
Mantra purifies your heart, destroys desires and cravings and evil thoughts.
- Do not do the Japa in a hurried manner, just as a contractor tries to finish his work in
a hurried way. Do it slowly with Bhava, one-pointedness of mind and single-minded
- Pronounce the Mantra distinctly and without mistakes. Do not repeat it too fast or too
- Use not the index finger while rolling the beads. Use the thumb, the middle and the ring
fingers. When counting of one Mala is over, revert it and come back again. Cross not the
Meru. Cover your hand with a towel.
- Be vigilant. Keep an alert attention during Japa. Stand up and do the Japa when sleep
tries to overpower you.
- Resolve to finish a certain minimum number of Malas before leaving the seat.
- Mala or rosary is a whip to goad the mind towards God.
- Sometimes do the Japa without a Mala. Go by the watch.
- Practise meditation also along with Japa. This is Japa-Sahita-Dhyana. Gradually Japa
will drop and meditation alone will continue. This is Japa-Rahita-Dhyana.
- Have four sittings for Japa dailyearly morning, noon, evening and night.
- A devotee of Lord Vishnu should repeat Om Namo Narayanaya; a devotee of Lord
Siva, Om Namah Sivaya; a devotee of Lord Krishna, Om Namo Bhagavate
Vasudevaya; a devotee of Lord Rama, Om Sri Ramaya Namah or Om Sri
Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram; a devotee of Devi, Gayatri Mantra or Durga Mantra.
- It is better to stick to one Mantra alone. See Lord Krishna in Rama, Siva, Durga,
- Regularity in Japa Sadhana is most essential. Sit in the same place and at the same
- Purascharana is repetition of the Mantra Akshara-Laksha, one lakh of times for each
- Japa must become habitual. Even in dream you must be doing Japa.
- Japa Yoga is the easiest, quickest, safest, surest, and cheapest, way for attaining
God-realisation. Glory to the Lord! Glory, glory to His Name!
- O man! Take refuge in the Name. Nama (Name) and Nami (Lord) are
THUS ENDS JAPA YOGA