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Hinduism

Step 6: Purifying the field of one's consciousness.

Principle: Willingness

There are several ways of making amends for misdeeds from one's past: meditation which releases karmic energy from the body; contemplating the divine qualities of a favorite deity; and chanting the sounds resonant with divinity to purify one's consciousness and neutralize it from negative karmas. This practice is considered sacrificial because it requires taking our time to focus on God and divine qualities; self-reflection; and surrender to the Divine Will with gratitude and humility.

Text or Verse

Let us live happily then among the greedy! Among those who are greedy let us dwell free from greed. From lust comes grief, from grief comes fear; he (she) who is free from lust neither sorrows nor fears. Let us live happily.
The Dhammapada

Of all the great rishis (sages), I am Bhrigu. Of all the words, I am the sound of OM. Of all sacrificial offerings, I am japa (mantra repetition). And of all that is immovable, I am the Himalayas.
Bhagavad Gita 10:25

Practice

Japa Yoga is the repetition of a mantra, affirmation or chant which causes an inner alignment with the nature of the chant (i.e. a peace chant will create the inner state of peace.) This is because every thought has a corresponding energetic vibration. Any name of God may be used. it is an exercise for calming and clarifying the mind.

There are three types of japa:

  1. Repetition of the mantra out loud (vaikhari-japa)
  2. Repetition in the mind (manasika-japa)
  3. Silent repetition with the lips (upanshu-japa)

A suggestion is the Om chant: "Om Mani Padme Hum" which translates "OM jewel in the lotus, hum." OM is the primordial sound of creation.

Hindus use a rosary of 108 beads and repeat a mantra for each bead.

Begin by repeating the chant or word; feel the meaning of the word(s) in your body. Repeat it at any time you want to create that inner state (peace, joy, gratitude, patience, hope).

Resources

American Institute of Vedic Studies (go to Links menu to connect to the website)

Auyrvedic Institute (go to Links menu to connect to the website)

Hindu Universe (go to Links menu to connect to the website)

Hindu University of America (go to Links menu to connet to the website)

Hinduism Today. (bimonthy magazine) South Asia Books, P.O. Box 502. Columbia, MO 65205. Email: sabooks@juno.com (go to Links menu to connect to the website)

World Association of Vedic Studies (go to Links menu to connect to the website)

Yoga Research Center (go to Links menu to connect to the website)

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