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Why should we vocalise the mantras?

We talk about spirituality only in words. We don’t follow it fully. We are not ready to experience the effect of it. How? By feeling shy to chant the mantras loudly in front of others, we don’t get the full of effect.

To experience it we have to chant the mantras loudly. While chanting mantras behave like a mad person, by continuously chanting the mantras loudly. You have to merge with mantra. You become one with mantra. Form a relationship with them.

Question: “Books tell us to chant the mantras silently”.

Naran: When we say it loudly, then we chant the mantras with concentration (Sabda Brahman Nada Brahmam). If you say mantras loudly, your mind becomes ineffective. Though, immediately it can’t happen. It will eventually go away. So chant it loudly. The whole body has to vibrate. All cells inside the body have to vibrate too. The mind will become silent. Then the inner mind will start chanting. Straightway it is not possible to make it happen. So start vocalising the mantras. Chant like a mad person. Even in sleep it has to happen. We will start in this Janma even though we require many Janmas. So let us start somewhere.

When do we chant?

When the problem comes we don’t think and we can’t remember relevant mantras to handle the problem. Our mind is not conditioned enough. Therefore, to condition the mind, we have to chant during normal times, so that no untoward incidents will happen. By filling up the mind with divine energy through mantras, no bad incidents can happen to us.

Problems come and problems go. But, we have to stabilise ourselves. That doesn’t mean we have to be a sage all the time. Weep when you have to but regain the composure. You can get that with help of mantras. This is the only way we can keep ourselves engaged with divinity. The trust should come so that nothing bad will happen to us.

Using Mantra Water

Water will absorb mantra’s energies better. Chant a mantras 100 times while holding a glass of water and give the water to children as they won’t chant. The Japam you are doing is of no use if there is no water or earth – in the form of Vibhuddi or Kumkum, while chanting. All mantras work with water. Anything spoken to water will be absorbed by it. Do chanting of the mantras either for 108 times or chant them for duration of 5 to 10 minutes. No specific time is required.

Don’t Curse While You Cook

That’s why when you cook, don’t curse, because the food – as it contains water to cook, will absorb it.

Label the water bottle with the mantra. The water will absorb it. In addition to that, do chanting as well.

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Why mantras are so special?

If there are no sounds then there is no world. Sound alone can create structure or a form based on the principle of sympathetic resonance. If you tune one tuning fork (or a crystal bowl) then tuning fork next to it will also resonate in the same frequency. So sound is important to our lives. It is the creator of the world. If there is no sound then there is no world.

Bija Mantras

Our ancestors have found out that our Chakras – the energy centres or wheels of energy are responsive to specific sounds called as Bija mantras. Bija means seed. It can influence the DNA of the matter inside us. When all the chakras open up harmoniously, things will happen for us automatically – with least of our efforts.

Benefits of Bhajans Singing

If the mind is attached to the body then we always think about it. Then whatever happens to the body is more painful to us. Therefore, we had to detach the mind from body? How? By listening to Bhajans or doing Keertans is one way of releasing body from mind and completely dissociating from it. As long as you’re concerned about body, there will be shyness in our approach. This can be removed with help of Bhajans.

Bhajans are nothing but Namas or a string of Mantras. Bhajans are one way of directly talking to god and relating the god within oneself. So it’s good to sing the Bhajans loudly. There need not be any shyness in chanting the Namas.

Speciality of Namas or Mantras

Each of them works with different parts of the body. For example, Kesavam Narayanam mantra acts on Hara chakra. It is a cleansing mantra. Madavam Madavan activates both right and left hemispheres of the brain. If you chant Madavam Madavan there won’t be any paralysis.

Poojas Are Effective too…

We can break up any mantra or Namas to one or more bija mantras. Poojas are important for the same reason as they are nothing but mantras. Each and every name of the lord is a coinage of bija mantra. Thus our own centres are activated when we hear the Namas.

Healing Through Mantras

For mantras, all problems are one and the same. They don’t differentiate serious problems from smaller problems. A mantra that works for one problem will work for similar types of problems – whether they are big or small.  Thus God’s ways are simple.

There are many mantras available to us. Based on the situation we had to chant the appropriate mantra. Keep chanting them until the problem is solved.

Water Treatment with Mantras

Any mantra/switch word/Bach flower remedies can be chanted by holding a glass of water on your hand. Then after sometime, drink it.

Healing Others

To heal others put their name in a piece of paper, keep it on the left hand and chant the mantras. Preferably chant during the beginning of the day and then later before going to sleep.

Numerology Doesn’t Work (all the time)

The most important thing is how the Mantra sounds. Numerology doesn’t work for the same reason. If you add one more “A” to your name, it will not make any difference as your name is going to be pronounced in the same way. Thus pronunciation is important. We are subject to sound. Even if somebody doesn’t know spelling, it impacts them.

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