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Siddha Ritual Practices: Essence of Mantra Sadhana, Asanas and Japa Malas

According to sacred books and the knowledge passed on to us by Yogis and Siddha Masters, Japa Sadhana is one of the best spiritual tools (siddha rituals) to observe one's mind and master its processes. This tool has been used by masters of all religions with some minor differences. The essence of this practice though remains hidden and untouched. Words cannot describe its full value and inner benefits. One should strive to discover those with practice and sincere attitude, only. The essence of any Japa repetition of one Mantra is first of all tuning into the sound vibration and resonance of this particular syllable or a number of words. All Mantras in Yogic tradition are in Sanskrit language. This language is called Devanagri (the name that shows its Divine origin). Sanskrit is a very scientific language and proper pronunciation is a must for mantra japa. That is why the majority of those who practice mantra japa in Sanskrit without proper pronunciation and knowledge of the sacred yogic vocal science cannot go beyond the beginners state of peace into deeper levels of yogic science of sound. Those who are able and through the grace know how to properly pronounce ancient texts and mantras can greatly enhance their spiritual practice. Yoga is a science and not religion, hence everything in this science is exact and proven by those who have practiced and mastered its disciplines. Those who wish to learn more about themselves and deepen their knowledge about own mind, ways to master it and energy flows in the body are going to deeply benefit from the practice of Japa with Japa Malas. Those who have received a Siddha Initiation (Shaktipat) and experienced the kundalini awakening can use these malas occasionally for maintaining focus. All the levels of yoga (asanas, pranayama, etc.) happen in their bodies involuntarily and gradually deepen during the practice. Rudraksha malas and kanthas for such adepts are the best. For the best choice of mala contact Jivanmukti. General attributes for Mantra Sadhana In order to practice mantra sadhana one needs to have a trustworthy spiritual guide ( in the form of teacher), spiritual initiation from a true Siddha Master, and learn to master the following special external tools and skills for the internal spiritual work: - inner determination and will-power - Faith or Trust in what one is doing - Internal and external purity - One-pointed concentration - Asana - proper place (seat) and comfortable yogic position for spiritual practice - Knowledge of Pranayama - breathing and mental practice - Japa Mala - spiritual rosary - Practice of Japa - mantra repetition with japa mala or without - Meditation (Contemplation) practice and Sahaj Dhyan ( being able to maintain meditative state while doing one's daily chores) - Knowledge of Yantras and control of Prana and - Proper understanding of the essence of all siddha rituals for one's spiritual growth Number of beads

Origianal japa malas consist of 108 +1, 54+1, 27+1 beads. 27+1 beads mala is called Sumirni. Four rounds of Sumirni equals 108 times of repetition. The separately hanging bead is called SUMERU. It is considered to be the static one. The vocal Japa has a strong effect on the body and the resonance for the place one is practicing it in. It mostly affects the physical and emotional aspects of mind. Internal constant repetition of Mantra however is the most beneficial for the deeper spiritual work and deeper states of the being. Material for beads The material for the Japa mala plays a crucial role for the sadhana since it gives bio-chemical effect onto the body. The most recommended malas are the following: - Tulsi tree beads - Sandal wood - Rosewood - Dry Lotus seeds - Rudraksha beads of various faces (for various purposes) - Corral - Pearl - Quarz (Crystal) as well as other semi-precious gems of crystal nature ( aquamarine, fluorite, etc.) - Sea shell material - Silver - Parad (purified special prepared alchemic Mercury) Various beads are suitable for various spiritual practices and belong to various traditions and ways of worship. Certain beads are used only and strictly for a certain energy invocation or a certain purpose, to obtain a certain result. Such practices do not belong to the high spiritual ones and are used mainly by special tantra practitioners: aghoris and some priests in order to gain power, wealth, prosperity, a certain outcome or/ and in some cases for attraction, against enemies, and black magic. We have to bear in mind that spiritual tools are simply tools and in hands of various people with various consciousness may bring different results. In Siddha tradition of higher order Rudraksha; Parad, Crystal and Coral mantras are considered the best. Some malas are not used for Japa but can be worn by Siddhas and Yogis in the body for other purposes. Usually those malas are called Kanthas and are of 32+1 beads or more. They are worn as garlands and have a psycho-energetic effect on the body and overall neurophysiology of those who wear them. Coral, Crystal and Pearl malas can be used for the wealth and health attraction japa. The ways to use japa malas

For Japa practice we use our finger tips that are directly related to our consciousness. When we use the same japa mala daily, we charge it with our spiritual and mental energy through the finger tips, and whenever we glance at it, it reminds us of a certain state of mind. The daily use of the mala brings immense peace and the habit to stay focused, emotionally balanced and relaxed. If one starts a new Japa, one needs a new mala. One should not touch japa mala with the index or pink (small) fingers while recitation. After one round one should carefully flip mantra and start counting from the same bead as if backwards without crossing a Sumeru bead. The Sumeru bead should not be touched either. It is recommended to do 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc. repetition rounds. Mantra(s) recited should be kept secret and not disclosed to others. Place and Asana One should practice mantra japa in a quiet peaceful place, in a comfortable posture on a clean suitable for such a practice Asana (seat). There are various suitable types of asanas for spiritual practice: made of wool (red wool is the best), silk, kusha grass and rudraksha. Other types of seats could be made of tiger, deer or other animal skins. However, for those who practice non-violence and compassion for all living beings, such seats are not suitable. All these materials are known for low electric conductivity that is an important point for the spiritual energy accumulation sadhana. It means the energy that the adept produces during the sadhana is not going down the drain to the ground, but gets absorbed into the material. Bamboo, stone, soil, leafy and fir-tree asanans are not considered suitable at all. Kusha grass asanas are one of the most recommended and favourable for yoga sadhana and mantra japa. Practice on this asana according to Yajurveda and Rigveda purifies our four organs: manas (thinking mind), intellect (buddhi), chitta (consciousness apparatus) and individuality, ego consciousness of separation (ahangkar). Such Asana helps to achieve body and mind purification, boosting physical and mental health, cleanses energetically from environmental pollution, accumulates the energy of the adept and helps to achieve a needed result. Wool and silk are the best for energy accumulation and mind purification. Red woollen or silk asanas help to obtain wishful results. Rudraksha asanas are very specific and work with the body and mind, are the best for Siva bhakta sadhana. If you have any questions or need a recommendation for your specific needs feel free to email us. By Jivanmukti SIDDHANTA YOGA FOUNDATION