(8:36) Given to me by a dear friend, this mantra has come from Guru to Disciple and then was offered to me in Ganeshpuri by Shivaratri (Shiva). He recommended that I share it with others, when asked if I could post it online he was happy with the idea so here it is. Blessings,
(9:46) Among all the types
of pranayama, the natural one is So'Ham. It is the greatest centering
technique; through it comes the complete attainment of purnananda,
perfect bliss. Identification with unity arises by reflecting on
the supreme state by merging into one's own Self with the awareness "I
am That." Having this recognition of the Self is the basis for right
identification. - Swami Muktananda (Secret of the Siddhas)
(4:00) I chant an example of a lengthly mantra (100 syllables) from my meditation seat and show how to count on the mala. This is called the Vajrasattva Vow and is recited in the Vajrayana practice of Buddhism.
This mantra is called the Purification mantra and will help the meditator clear obstacles in practice, everyday life, and union with Vajrasattva and the divine.
Translation is as follows: O Vajrasattva Samata Please grant me your protection O Vajrasattva reside (in me) Reside firmly in me Be pleased with me Grow within me Be Passionate towards me Grant all the Siddhis As well as (fulfillment of) all activities Make my mind virtuous, hum! The laughter of joy in the 4 boundless attitudes, 4 wangs, 4 joys, and 4 gayas (bodies) Vajra of all the Tathagatas, do not abandon me. Make me a vajra holder. O Great Samayasattva. Ah!
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works. This same slip knot is built into each mala and works the same.
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There are two
schools of thought when it comes to the hand positioning of
counting...there is the most common way with the mala over your index
finger, then there is the other with your mala over the middle finger.
I was taught to use to mala over the middle finger because the index
is considered the ego...and to involve the ego in your recitations
would be fruitless. The thumb is the master.
When the index finger (ego) bows to the master (thumb) it is in the
shape of the "perfect" symbol or "okay" ... the two fingers make a
circle and the other three are spead out. The other form of us saying
okay is the "thumbs up"...the recognition of the master.
In counting you go up one side of the bead to the point where your
thumb meets the first knuckle, then you proceed down the other side
until the tip of your thumb meets the end of the bead that meets the
thread and the next bead...mantras are to be recited in a fashion that
is rhythmic and thus the fingering of your mala will become rhythmic as
A great mantra to use for a beginner learning to focus on the
breathe is the hum-sa or so-hum mantra (Phonetic translation in Hindi
is so-Ham and Ham-sah meaning I am He, He is I...In this mantra "I"
refers to atman and "He" refers to Brahman. Thus the mantra affirms that the atman and Brahman are one and the same; an individual is the atman wrapped up in a physical body).
As you rise up the bead you inhale while saying HUM (this is taking
in the sadness and darkness of the world) and proceeding down the bead
you exhale saying SA (releasing love, light, and blessings to all). In
introductory practices of loving-kindness you first learn to focus on
yourself, then project to a loved one, then to your entire family, then
to someone your dislike, then to your town, city, community, country,
globe, universe...until you are able to feel your love and kindness
glow with intensity and intention.