Control Of Mind With Mantra Japa & Essential Steps Required Towards Spiritual Growth By Yoga Master Shri Rohit Anand New Delhi India

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How to control the mind with mantra japa and essential steps required for quick spiritual evolution?

The mind is fickle in me and the flesh is weak. Attempts at concentration are sometimes successful, but often end in disappointment. Kindly help me.

Answer:  First of all, take care of your health. Become strong by proper food and mild exercises of Asan and Pranayam. Observe Brahmacharya. Then destroy desires, worries, anxieties, building castles and vicious qualities. Lead a contented life. Reduce your Vyavahara. Live in a spiritual atmosphere like in Haridwar, Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, etc. Observe Mouna for full three months. You can easily control the mind.

How can I find out if I have got Chitta Suddhi or not?

Answer : Sexual thoughts, worldly desires, unholy ideas, sexual Vasanas, anger, vanity, hypocrisy, egoism, greed, jealousy, etc. will not arise in your mind if you have Chitta Suddhi. You will have no attraction for sensual objects. You will have sustained and lasting Vairagya. Even in dreams you will not entertain evil thoughts. You will possess all the virtuous divine qualities such as mercy, cosmic love, forgiveness, harmony and balance of mind. These are the signs to indicate that you have attained Chitta Suddhi.

What is the easiest way for concentration?

Answer : Japa of the Name of the Lord. And a very important point to bear in mind in this connection is that perfect concentration is not achieved in just a day; you should never despair and give up your efforts. Be calm. Be patient. Do not worry yourself if the mind wanders. Be regular in your Japa; stick to the meditation hour. Slowly the mind will automatically turn Godward. And once it tastes the bliss of the Lord, nothing will be able to shake it.

Shall I do Japa of "Om Narayana" instead of "Om" in order to make it both Nirguna and Saguna? Japa of the Narayana Mantra keeps the Chaturbhuj Murti of the Lord before my mental eyes. I, however, have been accustomed to meditate on the Murti of Lord Krishna and am in search of a Chaturbhuj Murti of Lord Krishna with Arjun at His feet. Please let me know how I should go on in future.

Answer: You have already created a clear mental image, momentum and force by meditating on Lord Krishna. It is not good to change the form now. Even if you change it, the old form will come before the mind through force of habit. Therefore, have the same image only. Do not go in for Lord Krishna with four hands.

Om Narayana is not the proper Mantra. The proper Mantra is Om Namo Narayanaya. Om is both Saguna and Nirguna. If you study Prasnopanishad, you will understand this point well. If at all you wish to change the Mantra, you can revert to Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya. You can repeat this for some time.

May I enquire how the power of concentration increases?

Answer:    Concentration increases by curtailing your wants and desires, by observing Mouna for two hours daily, by remaining in seclusion in a quiet room for one or two hours daily, by practicing Pranayam, by prayer, by increasing the number of sittings in meditation in the evening and at night, by Vichar, etc
Use your mind as a filter; watch and do not allow any useless thought to enter the mind.  Filter all useless thoughts. -- Sri Swami Sivananda

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