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Japa Yoga (Mantra Yoga)

Theory, Practice and Applications

The repetition of God's name or of a mantra containing God's name, otherwise known as japa, is a religious ritual, generally meant for the emancipation of the self. The present book on japa-yoga has not neglected this a....read below

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The repetition of God's name or of a mantra containing God's name, otherwise known as japa, is a religious ritual, generally meant for the emancipation of the self. The present book on japa-yoga has not neglected this aspect. But, it is a more comprehensive and a broad-range book. That japa is a branch of yoga, an easily attainable one and simultaneously a very effective one, has been emphasized. The theory and methology of japa in Patanjala Yoga, in the Vedas, in the Vedanta and in the Tantra, in the perspective of knowledge and devotion, have clearly been outlined. The book has been divided into three Chapters. Chapter 1 expounds the theory of japa based on classical scriptures. Chapter 2 presents the practice of japa in a clearly graspable style, easy to be followed by the readers. Chapter 3 deals with the applications of japa for the uplift of human personality and spirituality, for attaining the liberation of the self, for mental peace and tranquillity, and for physical health inclusive of the prevention and treatment of diseases, both physical and mental. The last part of this book tries to explain the effects of japa-applications on a scientific footing, a successful attempt made for the first time.

The approach to japa has been holistic -- religious, spiritual, scientific, Vedic, Vedantic, Yogic and Tantric.

  • Foreword By :
  • Binding: : Paperback
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124603895
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124603898
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2007
  • Pages : xxvi, 362 p.
  • Bibliographic Details : Glossary; Bibliography; Index
  • Size : 22 cm
  • Weight (approx.) : 500 gm

Prologue
Acknowledgement
Key to Transliteration
Abbreviations
List of Figures

Chapter 1

Theoretical Introduction
to  Japa-yoga
The Meaning of the Term Japa-Yoga
Japa-Yajna, the Best One among Sacrifices
Japa-Yoga in Yoga-Vedanta
Patanjala Japa-Yoga
The Vedic and Vedantic Sanctification of Pranava
Four Padas and three Matras of Om
Onkara -- the Forerunner of all Mantras
Onkara-Japa
Three Varieties of Japa
Ishvara-Pranidhana
Mantra-japa in the Framework of Patanjala Yoga
Japa in yoga-Vedanta
The Need for the Repetition of the Mantra
Prescriptions & Proscriptions in Patanjala Yoga
Japa in the Yoga of Devotion
Bhakti-Yoga in Non-Dualism
Symbol-Worship in Bhakti-Yoga
Monotheism versus Polytheism
Forms of Japa in Bhakti-Yoga
Nama-Japa
Mantra-Japa
Likhita-Japa
Kirtana
Devotion -- the Key Factor in Bhakti-Yoga
Japa at the Terminal Stage of Life
Japa-Yoga in Tantra
Deities in Tantra
The Right-path (Dakshinacari) Tantra
The Shakta and the Tantrika
The Special Features of Tantra
Tantric Mantras
The Mechanism of Action of Mantra-Japa
The Mechanism of Action of the Pranava-Japa and the Ajapa-Japa
The Mechanism of Action of the Devotional Japa 
The Mechanism of Action of the Tantric Japa 
The Psychological and the Physiological Mechanism of the Action of Japa

Chapter 2

Practice of Japa-Yoga
Preliminary Preparations and Prerequisites for Mantra-Japa
Preparation
Prerequisites
Observances of Yama and Niyama
The Need of a Guru
Guru-Vada
The Choice of a Mantra
Number of Japa and Counting Technique
Type of Japa Recommended
The Practice of Mantra-Japa in Yoga-Vedanta
Onkara Japa
Ajapa-Japa
The Japa of the Gayatri-Mantra
The Gayatri-Mantra and its Interpretation
The Deity of the Gayatri Mantra
The Japa of the Gayatri-mantra in the Vedic System
Benefits from the Gayatri Japa
The Tantricization of the Gayatri Mantra
Acamana
Pranayama
Sankalpa
Kara-Nyasah
Shatanga-Nyasah
Pre-Japa and Post-Japa Mudras
Worshipping Mother Gayatri before Japa
Japa of the Gayatri-Mantra
Conclusoin of the Gayatri Sadhana
The Practice of Mantra-Japa in Bhakti-Yoga 
Puranic Gayatri-Mantras
Ganesha-Gayatri
Brahma-Gayatri
Vishnu Gayatri
Nrisimha-Gayatri
Krishna-Gayatri
Rama-Gayatri
Rudra-Gayatri
Surya-Gayatri
Hanumat-Gayatri
Durga-Gayatri
Lakshmi-Gayatri
Kali-Gayatri
Sarasvati-Gayatri
Shakti-Gayatri
Nama-Japa
Some Mantras for Japa
The Practice of Mantra-Japa in Tantra
Manasa Puja of Mother Durga
Some Tantric Mantras for Japa
Ganesha Mantra
Durga Mantra
Lakshmi Mantra
Sarasvati Mantra
Kali Mantra
Dakshina-Kali Mantra
Gauri Mantra
Parameshvari Mantra
Camunta Mantra
Navarna Mantra
Maha-Mrityunjaya-Mantra
Tryakshara-Mrityunjaya-Mantra
Dvadashakshara-Mrityunjaya-Mantra
Maha-Mrityunjaya-Mantra-Japa-Sadhana
Kirtana
Vedic and Vedantic Kirtana
Kirtana of Bhakti-Yoga
Anushthana
Japa-Yoga for all Religions
The Application of the Practices

Chapter 3

Applications of Japa-Yoga
Om the Easiest and the Best Mantra for Everybody
God-Realization
Onkara-japa in Karma-Yoga
Onkara-japa for Mental Peace and Tranquillity
Onkara-japa for Correcting Psychiatric Problems
Onkara-japa for Curing Psychosomatic Diseases
Onkara-japa in the Treatment of Hypertension
Onkara-japa Focused on Diseased Organs
Onkara-japa for the Fulfilment of a Worldly Desire
Onkara-kirtana
Ajapa-Japa
So 'ham Kirtana
Gayatri-Japa
Nishkama Gayatri-Japa
Sakama Gayatri-japa
Mantras of Bhakti-Yoga
Tantrika Mantras
Samputikarana of a Tantrik Mantra
The Japa of a Vedic cum Tantric Mantra
Japa in Asanas for the Cure of Joint and Spinal Problems
Bija-Japa in Virasana (Viryasana)
Bija-Japa in Makarasana
Japa in ardhvamukhi Tatasana
Japa in Meru-Agra-Vakrasana
Japa in Meru-Parshva-Vakrasana
Japa in Bhujangasana
Japa in Shalabhasana
Japa in Pashcimottanasana
Japa with Mudras for Specific Health Problems
Immuno-Fortification
Mudra-Japa for Curing Sinus-Infection and Migraine
Mudra-japa for Relief from Hypertension
Mudra-Japa for Relief from Heart Diseases
Mudra-Japa to Control the Disease of Diabetes
Mudra-Japa for Relief from Hepatic Disorders
Mudra-japa for Relief from Chronic Constipation
Japa-Therapy in Cancer
SOS in Yoga-Tantra
The Japa of Samputa-Mantras
The Japa of Some other Trana (SOS)-Mantras
Japa for Mukti and Bhukti
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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