Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda


Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — The Analytical Approach To

June 19, 2017

The Analytical Approach To Japa

      I am mentally repeating the mantra "Om" and I hear the sound "Om". I ask, "Where does the sound come from? Where does it happen?" Here your emotions must be deeply roused, you must be terribly enthusiastic like the Hasidim who dance and sing for love of God in joy. The right spirit is a feeling of, "I love it”.

      Be happy, smile, but be deadly sincere, earnest and serious. This combination of sincere earnestness with great joviality and cheerfulness is also yoga. I am very serious about searching for and also discovering the substance yet I am quite relaxed, not at all worried or anxious.

      As I am mentally repeating Om with each inhalation and exhalation, I hear the sound within myself. That is strange. We know sound is produced when one object strikes another or wind passes down a tube or air through the voice box, how is it that I hear "Om" when I am saying it mentally? Where and how does this happen? What are the elements involved? Is there vibration somewhere in my voice box or is there another vocal cord somewhere in my brain? I am arguing, considering, trying to analyze logically. This is the analytical approach to inquiry into japa.

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