Frequently Asked Questions
Q:I want to work with more than one mantra at a
time, because I want to work on several things at once. Is this
a good thing to do?
A:For your first experiment with mantras, I
recommend you work with only one mantra for a full forty-eight
day discipline. After that, work with any combination that
makes sense to you. Remember, mantras work with energy - both
yours and what you bring in from the universe - so if you work on
more than one thing, try to keep them at least in the same
general area.Here We have given some Powerfull mantras
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha
Om Dum Durgayei Namaha
Om Sri Dhanvantre Namaha
Q: I sometimes say mantras silently when I am
around other people. Is this OK?
A:Ultimately, saying mantras silently is the most
powerful way to say them. The silent repetition stimulates the
corresponding petals of the chakras so that energy is brought
into the subtle body.
Q:I have heard that one must receive a mantra from a guru for it
to work. Is this true?
A:Those who have unwrapped the power of a mantra
through many repetitions achieve something called "Mantra
Siddhi." This means that they have attained some measure of
power and proficiency with the mantra. At this point, they may
give a mantra to others "with power," meaning that the
recipient will achieve results faster than doing it without
having received it "with power." However, Sanskrit
mantras are your spiritual birthright since they are directly
linked to the chakras. They will work even if you read them from
a book and begin practice.
The minimum number of repetitions to achieve Mantra Siddhi is
generally recognized as 125,000.
Q:I want to do a mantra on behalf of another
person. Is this OK?
A:Praying for another person is a good thing to do
for anybody at any time. However, Sanskrit Mantra is not exactly
prayer because it is pro active and specific, whereas prayer
leaves the mechanism of an answer up to Divine authority.
Therefore, I recommend that wherever possible you ask permission
from a person to undertake mantra work on their behalf. If this
is not possible, then start with a prayer that this energy be
used for their highest good and begin. I also recommend that you
begin with the declaration that while you are performing this
mantra on someone's behalf (state their name) that you are by
no means taking their karma.
Parents have an automatic right as well as responsibility to
perform mantra work on behalf of their children.
Q:When we repeat durga ashtottaram for example can
we have the image of baalaa , or lalitaa or kaali in our mind or
do we need to have only the form of durga in our mind.Can we
recite durga satanaama as addressed to lalitaambika.
A:The shastras say that "Aaavahitha devathaa
anyath devabhi na archayet". i.e, we should not worship the
gods with anyother mantras, other than the ones meant for the
invoked god. However, this rule takes a backseat, when we say
Lalitha sahsranamam, and worship any female god, or Vishnu
saharanama for any form of vishnu.
Q: Can we have the image of lord shiva while
repeating any devi ashTottara and image of devi while repeating
shiva ashTottara , in our mind.
A: There is no harm to have the image of shiva or
shakthi, while worshipping either of them or another. again the
shaastraas say that "Aavayorantharam naasthi
candracandrikayoriva....." . There is no difference between
them(devi(lalitaa,baalaa,miinaakshi, durga),lord shiva) like moon
Q: How efficient are mantras, and is it a problem
if we recite them less than perfectly?
A: A learned Brahmin, from Guntur who was a
ghanaapaaThigal, went to the acharya of sringeri and poured out
his woes. He said that he married 3 times till then, but some how
all his three wives died soon after marriage, and he being a
grahastha into yagnas and yagas, could not be without a wife , as
a wife had certain important functions in a yajna. He told the
acharyal, that he recited the sapthashathi daily, in addition to
his japas and pooja. The acharyal, an unparallel Srividyopasaka,
went about and divined the problem. He asked the ghanaapaaThigal
to repeat the kavacha of sapthashathi. The ghanaapaaThigal, told
the same and acharyal, pointed out the reason for his wives
death. GhanaapaaThi sundara shastri avadhanigal, was telling
"baaryaam bhakshathu bhairavii"... instead of
"rakshathu bhairavii", which lead to the wives death. I
hope this illustration gives us a picture of mantra shastra and
its importance. Likewise when saptashatii is learnt from a sat
guru and if recited properly it is equally capable of bestowing
bhogaa and moksha.
Q: Is Shrividya of Vedic origin? Are there any
references to the devis lalitaa , baalaa , tripura , sundari in
the vedas. atleast in the atharvana veda? Are there vedic
references to shrii vidyaa?
A: Regarding lalitha, bala, tripura etc.... The
vedas including Rig and Yajur have so many references, you cannot
even conceive. There are upanishads in the atharvana , like
tripuropanishad, tripurataapinupanishad, etc.... The aruna
prashna, speaks volumes of Lalitha. Vedic reference to Baala, is
found in Rigveda, in the khila bhaaga of srisuktha,sudhaa suktha,
etc tripura and sundari, in atharvana veda, yajur veda, etc..
Tripura appears some 70 times in the vedas." Regarding the
origin of shrii vidyaa, the rigvedic hymn, "Chatvaari vak
parimita....." etc, gives details of srividya mantra and its
esoteric meaning. Reference to srividya and its mantra
derivatives, have been made atleast in 20 places through out the
vedas. Especially Yajur and Rig veda. Srividya, originates from
three mantras of the vedas. 1. jatavedase rik. from durga suktha
yajur veda 2. gayathri mantra, rig veda 3. mrityunjaya mantra,
yajur veda These three together are known as shatakshara vidya or
shatakshara gayathri, as they have a 100 letters in them. This is
the basis of srividya. " These are only some of the
references quoted. There are many references.It is thus very
clear that shrii vidya is totally vedic in origin .I also heard
that the above three mantraas are said to represent the very
essence of vedaas. so there should be no doubt about the vedic
origins of shrii vidya however hard some western tantrics may try
to argue. Moreover what is available to us of the Vedas now is
only about 10% of what was available in the remote past! Some
sections may still be 'secret' in some families. I
remember seeing a book many years ago, of Shri Ganapati
Muni's 'finding' sections of Rig Veda while in deep
meditation in Gokarna.
Q: I almost meet with the insistence that a guru
must initiate us in order that we may perform some of the devi
poojas. With most of the traditional gurus being people of a
particular community who guard these upaasana know-hows with
utmost secrecy, I am feeling discouraged as I get the feeling
that low castes will never get initiated.OR is there a way
A: A good Guru should not divide Shishyas by caste
or sex. No where in vedas it is taught that mantras are not to be
used by low caste people. Hindu system has formulated caste by
the practice of profession and not merely by birth. Every hindu
has the right to learn the sastras and mantras. If the disciple
is true and devoted the Almighty will send a Guru for him to
learn the mantras and sastras. So, for a start,
let us be true,
let us be devoted,
let us have love for the universe,
let us respect the elders
let us not speak ill of our neighbours
Rest assured is that JagadambA will jump to embrace you in a way
that you can see for yourself, because She is "avyAja
karuNA" - Honest compassion.