Mantra Meditation

Mantra meditation, also known as japa, is a form of meditation in which one repeats a mantra or divine name as a means of focusing the mind and connecting with the divine. In bhakti yoga, the goal is to cultivate a loving and devotional relationship with the divine through service, prayer, and meditation.

Mantras have transformative power because they help to quiet the mind, overcome distractions, and deepen one's connection with the divine. By focusing on the mantra or divine name, one can transcend the limitations of the material world and connect with the spiritual realm. This can lead to a deeper understanding of the self and a more profound experience of life.

The mantra imposes a higher consciousness which is not an artificial imposition on the mind; this consciousness is the original energy of the living entity. When we hear the transcendental vibration, this consciousness is revived [...] This chanting of 'Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare' is directly enacted from the spiritual platform, and thus this sound vibration surpasses all lower strata of consciousness – namely sensual, mental, and intellectual [...] As such anyone can take part in the chanting without any previous qualification.1

Practicing mantra meditation regularly can also help to develop spiritual discipline and strengthen one's commitment to the path of bhakti yoga. It can be a powerful tool for overcoming obstacles and maintaining a steady focus on the ultimate goal of spiritual upliftment.

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