Mantras, Prayers – The Real Power Comes From the Heart
by Nischala Joy Devi.
June 12, 2014.
When expressed with great devotion, the sacred sound reveals our Divine nature.
Yoga Sutra 1.28
The sacred sound must pluck the strings of our hearts in order to unite our entire being. Often, we are accustomed to repeating the same prayer, with our mind and heart engaged elsewhere. Then the prayer is only given lip service. The real grace comes when we are unified on all levels of our being.
By faithful repetition, the inner light luminously shines.
Yoga Sutra 1.29
The real secret is to have a full and open heart when repeating a mantra or engaging in any spiritual practice. In the beginning, we are very concerned about correctly pronouncing the mantra or prayer. We may be “doing it exactly right,” yet it may lack the most essential ingredient, devotion. The real power comes from the heart.
Sit comfortably in a chair or on the floor.
Choose a mantra or a prayer that allows your heart to fill with love. It does not matter if you do not know the meaning. The feeling is most important.
Begin to repeat this sacred sound aloud in a soft voice.
When, after some time, you are accustomed to the sound and feeling of the vibration, permit the lips and tongue to repeat the word delicately and thoughtfully, in a heartfelt whisper.
Moving further within, allow the heart to repeat it in silence. Feel the vibration moving in and out of your heart with each pulsation. Continue for a few minutes.
Allow the heart to overflow with the vibration and nourish your entire being. As you continue your day the mantra will continue to repeat with each beat of your heart.
Feel that it is near and dear to you. Be faithful to it, and it will give you the secret to the power of the universe.
♥ Partially excerpted from The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi