108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 12 – Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge….

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Bhakti Dhyānam uses Japa to build a bridge,
over the fear bringing streams of the mind.
– Personal Commentary to Yoga Sūtra Chapter One verse 28

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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 10 – The wise person should cross by the boat of Mantra…..

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Holding the body steady, with the three (upper parts, chest, neck, head) erect,
causing the senses and the mind to enter the heart,
the wise person should cross by the boat of Mantra,
all the fear bringing streams of the mind.
– Śvetāśvatara Upaniṣad Chapter 2 verse 8

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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 5 – A Mantra is that which shapes space through vibration of sacred syllables.

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A Mantra is that which shapes space through vibration of sacred syllables.
In the art of Mantra Saṃskṛta is a sacred tool for shaping sacred form out of space.
Sounding the Saṃskṛta according to the precisions of pronunciation and vibration
manifests the sacred form inherent in each Mantra out of universal space.
The ancient seers understood this process and left us sacred phonemes
to guide our journey into and beyond the self.

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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 4 – Thus the meditator moving upward by the Mantra obtains Svatantra

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As the spider moving upward by the thread obtains free space,
thus assuredly the meditator,
moving upward by the Mantra obtains Svatantra (independence).
– Maitrī Upaniṣad Chapter Six verse 22

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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 2 – A day of clear clear blue, no past no future, just the present……

A day of clear clear blue, no past no future,
just the present with the clarity of the sun permeating every molecule of the sky.

Brings to Mind the Gāyatrī Mantra:

tat savitur vareṇiyaṃ
That sun most excellent
bhargo devasya dhīmahi |
on the radiance of the Divine I meditate |
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt ||
wisdom may (that radiance) our impel ||

I meditate on the divine radiance
of the most excellent sun.
May it impel my wisdom.

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108 Chanting Practice Pointers – 1 – The practice of Bhakti Dhyānam outlined in the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One……

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The practice of Bhakti Dhyānam outlined in the Yoga Sūtra Chapter One
can utilise either Veda Mantra or Tantra Mantra.
The Veda focus is one of external harmony with the forces of nature (Tri Guṇa) and
the Tantra focus is one of internal empowerment within the forces of nature (Tri Guṇa).

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