Japa- Meditation on Mala beads.

Practiced since Vedic times, Japa combines the energy of Bhakti and Jnana Yoga. It is the merging of heart and mind. The focused concentration on the mantra (words) with love brings emotional strength and mental balance.

Choose the beads. I used rudraksha (seeds) when I began (1988).

Sit with spine straight.

Breath deep and even. Three part breath.

Hang the beads over the third finger. Moving the bead with the thumb.

Repeat mantra vocally with each bead. It may be sung.

Om Namah Shivaya or other mantra received.

Complete 108 repetitions without interruption. Hold as much love during the meditation as possible.

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