Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mantra Yoga

Mantra-Yoga is an important aspect of Tantra Yoga but it also be practiced as a separate path. It is considered the easiest in all forms of Yoga because it involves no complex practices. The essence of Mantra-Yoga is the regular and extensive recitation (japa) of one or more potent sounds (mantra), which awaken the chakras in our body.

The word mantra is related to manas (the mind) and is a sound or word. It is generally used to help focus the mind on a single thought until selfish. Mantra Yoga means to unite using the utensil of mantra. This process is called concentration and Meditation.

There are many mantras which can be used and are mainly in Sanskrit. The most common and used worldwide is the ‘Ohm’ mantra which helps in creating that feeling of ease and calmness. The chanting Mantra is the only thing that remains in your mind, which increases your concentration and self-awareness level.

According to the Mantra-Mahodadhi (Ocean of Mantras), Mantra Yoga has fifteen limbs:

  1. Devotion
  2. Purification
  3. Posture
  4. Serving the five limbs, the daily ritual of reading the Bhagavad-Gita, and the Sahasra-Nama, and declaiming songs of praise, protection, and heart-opening. These five are thought of as the "limbs" of the Divine.
  5. Conduct
  6. Concentration
  7. Serving the divine space
  8. Breath ritual
  9. Gesture or seal
  10. Satisfaction
  11. Invocation
  12. Offering
  13. Sacrifice
  14. Recitation
  15. Meditation

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