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Japa Yoga: A comprehensive treatise on Mantra -Sastra

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About the Author: Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind. His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claime...

About the Author:

Born on the 8th September, 1887, in the illustrious family of Saga Appayya Diskhita and several other renowned saints and savants, Sri Swami Sivananda had a natural flair for a life devoted to the study and practice of Vedanta. Added to this was an inborn eagerness to serve all and an innate feeling of unity with all mankind. His passion for service drew him to the medical career; and soon he gravitated to where he thought that his service was most needed. Malaya claimed him. He had earlier been editing a Health Journal and wrote extensively on health problems. He discovered that people needed right knowledge most of all; dissemination of that knowledge he espoused as his own mission. It was divine dispensation and the blessing of God upon mankind that the doctor of body and mind renounced his career and took to a life of renunciation to qualify himself for ministering to the soul of man. He settled down at Rishikesh in 1924, practiced intense austerities and shone as a great Yogi, Saint, Sage and Jivanmukta. In 1932 he started the Sivanandashram. In 1936 was born The Divine Life Society. In 1948 the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy was organized. Dissemination of spiritual knowledge and training of people in Yoga and Vedanta were their aim and object. In 1950 he undertook a lightning tour of India and Ceylon. In 1953 he convened a 'World Parliament Reliogions'. He is the author of over 300 volumes and has disciples all over the world, belonging to all nationalities, religions and creeds. To read his works is to drink at the fountain of Wisdom Supreme. On 14th July, 1963 he entered Mahasamadhi.

About the Book:

The present edition of this immensely useful work 'Japa Yoga' by His Holiness Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj is brought out I response to several requests that we have received from devotees everywhere. We need not emphasise the importance of this work as its subject-matter forms the foundation of spiritual Sadhana. Yajnanam Japayajnosmi-I am the sacrifice of Japa among all sacrifices, says the Lord in the Gita. It is the continuous recitation of the Divine Name that forms the first rung in the ladder of Yoga, as also the undercurrent that flow; beneath the different processes of Yoga.

The subject of this book is such that it will be come a vade mecum for all seekers on the path. We cannot think of another book on the subject so handy and exhaustive to be placed in the hands of Sadhakas. The chapters are methodically arranged to suit the conveniences of readers and significance aspect of Bhakti Yoga.

We have no doubt that this incomparable treatise will be received by one and all with the rich approbation and the commendation that it deserves. May the Grace of Almighty be upon us all.-THE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY

Preface

The present edition of this immensely useful work 'Japa Yoga' by His Holiness Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj is brought out in response to several requests that we have received from devotees everywhere. We need not emphasise the importance of this work as its subject-matter forms the foundation of spiri- tual Sadhana. Yajnanam Japayajnosmi-I am the sacrifice of Japa among all sacrifices, says the Lord in the Gita. It is the continuous recitation of the Divine Name that forms the first rung in the ladder of Yoga, as also the undercurrent that flows beneath the different processes of Yoga.

The subject of this book is such that it will become a vade mecum for all seekers on the path. We cannot think of another book on the subject so handy and exhaustive to be placed in the hands of Sadhakas. The chapters are methodically ar- ranged to suit the conveniences of readers and provide a grad- uated series of lessons on this significant aspect of Bhakti Yoga.

We have no doubt that this incomparable treatise will be received by one and all with the rich approbation and the com- mendation that it deserves. May the Grace of Almighty be upon us all.

CONTENTS

 

Preface v
Satguru Stotram vi
Dhyana Slokas viii
Prayers to the Lord xiv
Universal Prayer xix
Maha-Mrityunjaya Mantraxxii
Prayer to the Sun xxiv
Prayer to Hari xxviii
Introduction xxxi
Chapter One
 
PHILOSOPHY OF JAPA
 
What is Japa? 3
Mantra Yoga 5
Sound and Image 8
Chapter Two
 
GLORY OF THE NAME
 
Nama Mahima 13
Benefits of Japa 19
Chapter Three
 
MANTRAS
 
Pranava 26
Hari Nama 27
Kali-Santarana Upanishad 30
Japa Vidhana 32
Mantras of Japa 35
Glory of Mantras 52
Practical Aids to Japa 56
Rules for Japa 58
Gayatri Mantra 60
Chapter Four
 
SADHANA
 
Need for a Guru 70
Meditation room 71
Brahmamuhurta 72
Selection of Ishta Devata 73
Asana for Japa 74
Where to Concentrate 75
Three Sittings for Doing Japa 76
Need for a Maala 79
How to Use a Japa Maala 80
How to Count Japa 81
Three Varieties of Japa 81
Mulabandha and Kumbhaka in Japa 84
Japa Plus Karma Yoga 84
Likhita Japa 85
Number of Japas 91
Akhanda Japa 95
Time-Table for Japa 96
Power of Sound and Name 98
Bija-Akshara 99
Hints on Japa Yoga Sadhana 104
The Glory of Mantra-Diksha 113
Anushthana 116
Method of Mantra-Purascharana 123
Chapter Five
 
STORIES OF JAPA-YOGINS
 
Dhruva 132
Ajamila 134
A Disciple 137
The Milk-maid and the Pandit 139
Faith: Its Import in the Bhakti Cult of Religion 140
APPENDIX
 
Divine Namapatahy 144
Nama-Aparadhas 146
God's Name Is All-Powerful 147
Essence of Japa Yoga 150
Questions and Answers 155
Glory of God's Name 162
Glory of Rama Nama 170
Change the Drishti 172
Concentration and Meditation 174
Twenty Hints on Meditation 176
Mantra Writing 182
Instructions to aspirants 184
Mantras for Fulfilment of Wishes and for Cure 185

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Item Code: IDG057 Author: Swami Sivananda Cover: Paperback Edition: 2019 Publisher: The Divine Life Society ISBN: 8170520185 Language: English Size: 8.6" X 5.6" Pages: 168 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 200 gms
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