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The Importance of Japa in Hinduism

Japa, or Japam, is the repetition of a mantra or sacred verse. According to Agni Purana, the syllable ‘ja’ destroys the birth and death cycle and the syllable ‘pa’ destroys all the sins. The Japa is has the potential to unite the soul with the Supreme Being. It has miraculous powers which can infuse us with courage and confidence.Japa is the repetition of the name of that in which we believe and it gives us confidence and encourages us to rise above troubles.The Japa can be a repetition of the name of a God in the Hindu pantheon, or a mantra like the Gayatri Mantra or simply ‘OM.’The Japa is also seen as one of the ways to quieten the mind and also to gain control over the wandering mind. You may also like to readAbout JapamalaMother Meera thoughts on Japa

On The Symbolism of Hindu Trinity

Hindu religious symbols and idols have a deeper depth for us to discover, over and above their mere external appearance. Stories of the Hindu trinity – Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva hide much more than their role of creation, sustenance and destruction. Similar is the messages hidden in the triad of Goddess Lakshmi, Saraswati and Durga. Devdutt Pattanaik explores the message hidden in the three worlds, three goddesses and three gods in an article in livemint titled Decoding the Hindu TrinityThe world Brahma creates is not the objective world. Hindu seers had scant regard for the objective, measurable reality. They believed that the human mind is so prejudiced that it can never ever truly break free from the fetters of bias. They focused their explorations on subjective reality, the virtual image of the world that every individual constructs in his or her mind.Data for this mental image of the world comes from the five senses. It is then shaped by prejudices, both positive and negative, which …

Svetasvatara Upanishad Teachings

The one affluent divinity is hidden in all beings. He is all- pervading and is the inner-self of all creatures. He presides over all actions and all beings reside in him. He is the inner-witness. He endows all with consciousness and he is nirguna or free from the three gunas. Prakriti is perishable. Hara, the Lord, is immortal and imperishable. The non-dual Supreme Self rules both prakriti and the individual soul. Through constant meditation on Him, by union with Him, by the knowledge of identity with Him, one attains, in the end, cessation of the illusion of phenomena.The visible form of fire, while it lies latent in its source, the firewood, is not perceived; yet there is no destruction of its subtle form. That very fire can be brought out again by means of persistent rubbing of the wood, its source. In like manner, Atman, which exists in two states, like fire, can be grasped in this very body by means of Om.Svetasvatara Upanishad