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« on: Jul 03, 2016 06:02 pm »

How to use the mantra

The most important aspect of a mantra is to repeat it over and over again, Amma says that it is good to begin the day with a period of meditation during which we visualize our beloved deity or guru (those who meditate on the formless aspect of God can imagine a light or flame) and concentrate on his or her form as we begin to repeat the mantra. When one is alone one may repeat it aloud if this is helpful. In general the mantra should be said very quietly to oneself or without making any sound at all.

During these sittings we should say our mantra a minimum of 108 times. Though the adage "quality not quantity" is not to be disregarded here, the more one practices the mantra the more it sinks into one's consciousness and therefore the more it becomes part of oneself. As this happens concentration and all of his benefits naturally grow. While it it can always be incorporated into our meditation, repetition of the mantra should not be limited only in this time. We should say it always when walking, driving, sitting, dressing, eating and falling  asleep, anytime we are not actively engaged in an action which requires us to speak or think we should repeat our mantra. Gradually this will become more and more natural and constant repetition will not seem such a far-off goal.
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 04, 2016 02:41 pm »

Amma sets such a good example. Everytime I see her she has her monks and devotees chant the 108 names of the divine. The more u see a master the more u recognize what they r doing and more importantly; what they are.
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 05, 2016 09:53 pm »

Amma sets such a good example. Everytime I see her she has her monks and devotees chant the 108 names of the divine. The more u see a master the more u recognize what they r doing and more importantly; what they are.


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« Reply #3 on: Jul 06, 2016 12:02 am »

Amma sets such a good example. Everytime I see her she has her monks and devotees chant the 108 names of the divine. The more u see a master the more u recognize what they r doing and more importantly; what they are.


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i received a personal mantra from Amma i have been practicing it quite regularly throughout the day. Chanting it 108 times during meditation practice is a rather new principle of practice i have been making an effort to implement. There is a constant buzz of the divine name in her presence. The divine becomes more clear as happiness increases in the hall and among the devotees. It is very evident as u look in the faces of everyone present and u see it in their gestures. Amma is the embodiment of happiness and most any one that is around her for any length of time also feels that happiness. i asked a monk that was standing next to her for hours about his constant smile. He told me that it is very difficult to not smile when in the presence of Amma. We r all looking for happiness. There r beings walking the earth who have it and know they have it. U can't help but being affected by this.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 25, 2016 01:56 pm »

A mantra can be used all day long so we do not deplete our mental resources. When you sit down to meditate  you will be more focused. Your mind will not be on past memories and future difficulties.
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« Reply #5 on: Dec 09, 2016 11:27 am »

The wonderful thing about mantras is that sometimes at night you might have to get up early in the morning but you may feel inspired or unable to sleep for some reason. You can always lie there in bed and practise your mantra until you fall asleep. Good practice!
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