WHAT ARE THE PRACTICAL AIDS TO JAPA SADHANA?JAPA-04
Here,a number of practical hints are given below ;which may be of great use for your daily Sadhana. Neophytes can start real Sadhana from this minute.Kindly note and follow them carefully.
1. FIXED HOURS :--
Most effective time for Japa is early dawn Brahmamuhurta and dusk, when Sattva is predominant. Regularity in Japa is very essential.
2. DEFINITE PLACE :-
It is highly advantageous to sit in the same place every day. Do not change it now and then. When you sit there you will have automatically the mood to do Japa.
Just as you have a mood to study books when you enter a library or pray when you enter a temple so also you will get the mood to do Japa when you sit in your usual Asana.
3. A STEADY POSE :--
A comfortable Asana helps to make the mind steady also, controls Rajas and aids concentration. Concentration cannot be acquired by one whose pose is not steady. Keep the Merudand (spine) always erect. If you droop down like an old man while sitting for Japa and meditation your mind will always waver and wander. Have a steady pose all throughout the period of Japa.
4. FACE NORTH OR EAST : --
This exercises a subtle influence and enhances the efficacy of Japa. Sages and Rishis of the Himalayas help those who sit facing North for Japa because they come in contact with them by facing North.
5. A SEAT --
Deer skin or Kusha-mat or a rug (a floor mat) should be used. Have a Kusa mat, a deer-skin over that and a clean white cloth above. This is the seat prescribed by the Gita. Energy is conserved which is otherwise dissipated without a proper seat.(read Asan)
6. REPEAT ELEVATING PRAYERS :--
Invoking the aid of the Ishtam with appropriate prayer induces a proper Sattvic Bhava. In all spiritual Sadhana divine help is prerequisite (required before). Without it no spiritual progress can be attained and control of the wandering, mischievous mind becomes impossible.
7. CLEAR ARTICULATION :---
Start the Japa pronouncing the Mantra distinctly and without mistakes. Mantra Shakti is quickly awakened, mind is easily elevated and made one-pointed if the pronunciation is clear and distinct.
8. VIGILANCE & ALERTNESS:--
This is very important. You will be fresh and alert when you commence. After a time unconsciously the mind becomes weary, begins to wander and drowsiness overpowers you. Avoid this state. Some sleep during Japa and meditation and imagine to have attained spiritual bliss. This is mere hallucination.
9.ROSARY ( Japa Mala):---
Using a Mala helps alertness and a