Monday is AUM-day; in search of meditation
For the next stage of our investigation on meditation, we are going to study - and practice! - japa as a means to tame the mind and we shall investigate the Gayatri Mantra.
Last week we read about surrender. We must allow the process of japa and mantra to wash over us and permit purification. Make this week a saadhana 'booster' week. Lengthen the daily practice and enforce the discipline. It is Diwali, the time of setting new projects in place, so an ideal time to commit to saadhana!
For this week, regardless of any other mantra you may have been using till now, use only OM.
OM is the symbol of that Infinite Self, thus every prayer, every mantra, even every new endeavour ought to begin with chanting of that and that alone. All else which follows it then reverberates with the essence of OM, including the name of the Lord which we choose and also the prostrations we offer. Japa, properly undertaken, is not only a preparatory measure for meditation, it is itself a vehicle to the Higher and helps to ease our pains, reduce our imperfections and clear the path to the Infinite.
Next week we shall go again into study of the Gayatri Mantra. Till then, read over the japa notes once more. Practice, practice, practice - and may you at last begin to feel the pull and lift of japa yoga.