God). It may be noted that all the pancakarmas could also be performed bychanting only the Gayatri Mantra.Deva Pajana begins after the pancakarmas.(2) Deva Pajana: Prathvi pajana is the first step here.We are born and brought-up in the lap of mother earth. Our life has no existencewithout its shelter and support. This motherland is thus like a devata to us.Therefore the earth (prathvi), the motherland is worshiped before the principalGod (iÌÚa devata) of the upasana. As a mark of gratitude, one spoon of water issacrificed to the earth and it is worshiped by flower etc and paid regards(pranama) while chanting the following mantra – with the sentiments that weshould also be endowed with the endurance, generosity and forbearance like theearth.The Mantra: Oan Prathvi Twaya Dhrata Loka, Devi Twan Visnuna Dhrata,Twan Ca Dhareya Mam Devi, Pavitran Kura Casanam |Invocation of Gayatri:Invocation of the Adi Shakti Gayatri is then prayed through the following mantrawith the intrinsic feel (through the depth of the heart) that the divine powerof Gayatri is descending and consecrating in our inner self.The Mantra: Oan Ayatu Varade Devi, Tryakshare Brahmvadini,Gayatri Chandasan Mata Brahmyone Namostute |Oan Shri Gayatryai Namah| Avhahyami, Sthapayami, Pajayami, Dhyayami|Tato Namaskaram Karomi|Invocation of the Guru: Guru is an angelic reflection of thy-glow that guidesthe righteous evolution of the devotee… With a prayer for the blessings of ourdivine gurusatta – Rev. Gurudev Pt. Shriram Sharma Acharya and Van. Mataji Smt.Bhagavati Devi Sharma – for the adept performance of the upasana, we invoke thegrace of the guru by the following mantra: Oan Gurbrahma, Gururvishnu, Gurureva Maheshvaro |Gurureva Parabrahn, Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah|| Akhanda Mandalakaram, Vyaptam Yena Caracaram|Tatpadam Darshitam Yena, Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah||Oan Shri Guruve Namah| Avhahyami, Sthapayami, Pajayami, Dhyayami|Tato Namaskaram Karomi |The spiritual experiment of Japa and Dhyana begins at this stage. (3) Japa and Dhyana: Japa means rhythmic enunciation of a mantra at a consistentamplitude and frequency. Several types of japas are described in the ancientscience of mantras. The upanshu japa is most suitable for the daily upasana. Theenunciation of this japa is such that – the lips and tongue move but the volumeof voice is kept so low that even the people sitting besides would not be ableto hear it. This type of japa avoids disturbing others and it also supportsmental concentration of the sadhaka. Minimum three rosaries (3 X 108 times) japaof the Gayatri Mantra should be performed during the daily upasana (at anaverage frequency, it takes about 6 to 8 minutes for 108 times upanshu japa ofthe Gayatri Mantra). If possible, the number of japas could be increased furtherby some more rosary counts; usually the experienced sadhakas practice up toeleven rosary counts at a stretch. The regularity (fixed number and pace) ofjapa should be maintained every day.