Vibhuti (Sandra) Courtney, is one of our sevites who will be leading the japa session in our upcoming Japathon! She describes her experience with japa this way, “When I repeat mantra out loud as preparation [for meditation], then the mantra is firmly established in my mouth as I begin silent repetition. I feel as though I am chewing on something. As I continue, the mantra is more prevalent than it is normally. It is closer. Front row! Now that it is closer, I can feel that it is a living breathing entity. It is closer to me and we are in relationship. The mantra is not just words. What is it? What are we? Very exciting and a little scary!”
In a satsang talk, Swami quoted Baba’s teaching, “Japa is the heart of meditation. Japa fills and purifies the mind and then meditation comes automatically.” Whether repeating mantra silently or out loud, preparing for mediation or going about daily activities, japa keeps you in closer relationship to the Self. She goes on, “Mantra gives you meditation. Meditation gives you the Self.”
Baba said your mind is so powerful; it can pull you away from your own Divinity. Your mind usually runs the same 3 or 4 thoughts over and over, in what Baba referred to as “mundane mantras.” These stir up your mind and keep it turning outward.
Why not repeat mantra? Why not imprint Consciousness on your mind? Why not give your mind a much needed cleaning, a good brain bath? Bring the purifying flow of the Ganges River to your home.
Japa helps reprogram these old worn out sound-bits with the juicy nectar of Divine Consciousness. It’s so easy and available. It can harness your minds’ tendency toward constant repetition and turn it toward God, toward your own Self. With japa, you turn your mind away from all the distractions; you become free from states of anxiety, frustration, depression, irritation, and deep insecurity (to name only a few). You know this because you have experienced “svaroopa,” the bliss of your essential nature.
Rudrani Nogue, another japa leader in our Japathon! says, “Our upcoming Japathon! has three wonderful elements merging together for me. First, I will be part of a seva team leading our group repetition of Om Namah Shivaya. What an opportunity to give from my heart to our community; yet I suspect I will receive way more than I could ever give. Another joy is that this may be the biggest coming together our community has ever had, which means deep reciprocal adaptation. Most important, we will be repeating our mantra, the sound form of Grace and Consciousness. What could be better than that?”
The enlivened mantra given to us by Swami Nirmalananda has been repeated many thousands of times, for thousands of years. The mantra breathes. When you visit the Ashram or Downingtown Yoga, you can feel the Shakti in the meditation areas, where so much japa is performed. The walls hum with divine vibration. You can make your walls hum, too. Join us for our Japathon!
- On your own or in a group
- On the phone with us, Saturday September 28 at 10 am (Eastern Time)
- Or any time over our Birthday Weekend, September 28-29
- Share your experience with us (see link below)
- Tell us about your event and share photos
Japathon! web page with articles, recordings of Swamiji’s talks on japa, event details
Poster for our phone event on Sat. 9/28,10 am Eastern Time
Register for our phone event and get the phone codes
Share your experience or your event on our FaceBook page
Give a Birthday Gift to the Ashram
Shop for japa malas (beads) and meditation supplies