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Mantra Science

Mantra Science

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Mantra-Japa is affirmed by the sages as a powerful mechanism for
intensifying the willpower and self-determination. It can thus be regarded
as a procedure for strengthening self-control and psychological improve-
ment along with the development of vigorous and virtuous personality.

The human mind at the conscious and the subconscious levels is an
ensemble of uncountably many thoughts and emotions of varied qual-
ity, stability and impact. Those generated by internal desire or mental
resolution or existing because of assimilated samsk³ras48

are more
intense and cannot be waned out or refined easily. These rather
stable thoughts and emotions, if belonging to the evil (or not suit-
able to the human- dignity) category, cause maximum disturbances
and obstructions during meditation. Japa helps controlling such per-
turbations because japa is an activity that engages the major facul-
ties of mind with a natural harmony and ‘tunes’ them coherently with
the rhythm and vibrations of the mantra being enunciated or chanted.

The faith and ïraddh³ in the mantra add to the positive effects of
japa, as they provide a moral support, an emotional linkage and hence
an inner courage and subliminal energy to enable the s³dhaka struggle
and diminish the evil instincts and thoughts. It is a principle of psy-
chology that – if a certain thought, lesson or imagination is often re-
peated before one’s mind, the latter begins to grasp and assimilate the
same in the deeper layers of its memory. These thoughts, imagina-
tions or feelings then appear to be ‘true’ to the learner’s mind and
may eventually become a part of his nature and belief.

The small mantras like – Oa® Hari Oa®; or, Hari Oa® Tat Sat; or, Soah®...
etc, or the thy – names such as – Sri Ram or All³ha....., etc, are like compact
formulae or symbols in short-hand scripts to represent and remind of divinity
and divine principles and disciplines. The repeated japa of such mantras
or names would naturally (according to the psychological theories of
stimulus-response), intensify the divine faith and serene, moral charac-
teristics in the s³dhakas mind. ‘How fast such effects would be real-
ized?’ – this largely depends upon the desire (purpose), the willpower
and the intrinsic urge with which the japa is being performed.

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Eternity... Science of Mantras

The same principle is seen working in ‘mob-psychology’ when the
repeated shouting of certain motto or slogan – in grand processions,
or revolutionary movements, etc – is found to stimulate public mind
and motivate the masses towards the associated purpose.... The dif-
ference between such responses and the effects of mantra-japa
should however be well understood here. Mantra-japa is an spiri-
tual exercise aimed at the main purpose of the spiritual elevation of
the s³dhaka. This also has subtle effects on the inner self along with
the aforesaid psychological effects of recalling and retention.… These
results may appear meek initially and seem to occur at a slow pace
but are definite, gradually augmenting and everlasting if the japa is
performed sincerely and regularly.

Japa has been uniformly regarded in almost all the religions or schools
of philosophy across the globe as an important spiritual activity or an
essential requirement for spiritual enlightenment. The scriptures on
Indian philosophy and spiritual sciences focus a great deal on the
psychological significance of mantra-japa as well. The G³yatrº
Mantra
is described in all the scriptures of Indian philosophy and the
science of spirituality and yoga as unique, original and preeminent in
this respect too.

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