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Swami Dayanand Saraswati on the Importance of Japa

Japa is the repetition of a word or short sentence during the practice of meditation. In Japa, the letter ‘pa’ stands for that which removes or destroys all impurities and obstructions and the letter ‘ja’ stands for that which puts an end to the cycle of birth and death. Therefore, Japa is an indirect means for liberation, moksha. By destroying the varieties of obstructions to knowledge, Japa paves the way for liberation. Japa, then, is more than a mere discipline or technique.Japa also helps in removing unwanted thoughts.In Japa, I know exactly what is to come next. If something else pops up, I know this is not what is expected and I bring back the chosen thought. In the process I learn how to dismiss unwanted thoughts and retain the one I have chosen.Swami Dayanand Saraswati(Source: Two Talks on Japa Mantra Meditation)