Jaapis repeating a mantra, generally a specified number of times,
such as 108, often while counting on a strand of beads,called
a jaap mala, while alertly absorbed on the meaning of the mantra.
The repetition should be dutifully slow. This brings punya, merit,
to the devotee. It should not be thought lessly mechanical or
the hurried, so-called rapid-fire or machine-gun jaap, which demonstrate
ignorance of the tantras. Such casual, negligence and disregard
for contemplative traditions brings papa, demerit, to the devotee,
creating internal strife, community opposition and turmoil for
is a form of devotional worship, invocation, supplication, praise,
adoration, meditation and direct, experiential communion. Unless
we are actually in a state of samadhi , which is rare for most
people, jaap provides a means to disengage from our racing thoughts
and our memories of the past mostly the bad ones. The repetition
of positive, uplifting, spiritual mantras over and over again
lifts consciousness and causes the muladhara chakra to spin clockwise.
We feel uplifted. Life does not look so bad, and neither does
the past.A sense of forgiveness comes and the future looms bright.
The past is forgiven and forgotten.jaapm can be done by everyone.
However for yagnas certain conditions are mentioned.
ways by which one can do jaap
1. Ucchahi - loud recitation - less effective
2. Upamshu - soft recitation - more effective
3. Manasikam - within the mind - most effective.
is the basic vibration of the cosmic universe. Hence all mantras
begin with "OM"
1. Physical - to energize the system (to tone up the system)
2. Mental - to remove depression/obstacles/mental blocks.
3. Spiritual - Attaining Siddhi,self-development/specific areas
of growth(strengthening the inner-personality by projecting positive
powers inwards; over-coming/eliminating negative traits).
charana krutam vaak kaayajam karmajam vaa
naya najam vaa maanasam vaaparaadham
maavihitam vaa sarvametat shamasva
jai karunabdhe shri maha deva shambho.
Mahaakaaya Suryakotee Sama Prabha
Nirvighnam kuru mey Deva
Sarva kaaryeshu Sarvadaa
Devi Sarva Bhutesu Maa rupena samsthita I
Devi Sarva Bhutesu Shakti rupena samsthita I
Devi Sarva Bhutesu Buddhi rupena samsthita I
Devi Sarva Bhutesu Laxmi rupena samsthita I
II Namestasyai II Namestasyai II