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Mantra Japa - Factors for Optimum Results

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The preparatory step is to get the body relaxed and present.
The preparatory step is to get the body relaxed and present.

What are the factors for Japa (mantra repetition) to be successful?

The first is your connection with your Devata (god) - how intense is this connection and how much faith you have. The Devata can be your Ishta Devata (favourite deity who you pray on all occasions) or a 'functional' god who you pray to based on your situational goal (Example, you may pray to Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity today, and to Shiva for long life tomorrow). The mantra you chant can be related to your favourite deity or the functional deity - please remember that these two are equally beneficial and one method is not superior to the other.

Secrets of Mantra Japa Chanting

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Mantra can be defined as the process of using the power of one's own mind to protect oneself.
Mantra can be defined as the process of using the power of one's own mind to protect oneself.

Being religious might help one to achieve growth externally, being spiritual goes beyond that to achieve inner growth. Mantra Japa (Repetition of a Mantra) is one such spiritual practice that achieves inner growth in addition to external results. Japa is also equated to a sacrifice one does with one's own prana (vital energy) through chanting. In Bhagavad Gita, Krshna exemplifies the importance of connecting to Ishvara (God) through chanting by equating himself to Mantra Japa.

Women in Sanatana Dharma Hinduism

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Hindus worship and respect the feminine gender and its functions.
Hindus worship and respect the feminine gender and its functions.

How are women portrayed in Vedic scriptures? Contrary to some of the current understanding and practices in society, women were treated fairly and equally in our vedic teachings. Scholars of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) have identified enough proof of a society in ancient South Asia which lived practicing what they preached. Gender differences were recognized........

Obstacles in life

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There are three sources of obstacles in life that are worth knowing.
There are three sources of obstacles in life that are worth knowing.

Do you like obstacles in life? Most people don't. Three obstacles in life that are worth knowing.

Relationships: Does Spirituality have a place?

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Three tips for Understanding Relationships.
Three tips for Understanding Relationships.

Reflections on relationships and how to tune in spiritually. The five realities we relate with are: The Cosmic Reality (Deva), People(Manushya), Ancestors(Pitr), Environment(Bhuta), Teacher/Teaching (Brahma/rshi). If one can harmonise these relationships, one can be aligned to the order of the universe (Sanatana Dharma).

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