Week 23: Moving From A Japa A Day to “Ajapa Japa” In Your Mantra Repetition Practice (Sutra 29)

“From this practice all the obstacles disappear and simultaneously dawns knowledge of the inner Self.”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 29: Tatah Pratyak Cetanadhigamo Pyantarayabhavasca

Tatah: from this | Pratyak: inner | Cetana: self | Adhigamah (adhigamo): knowledge | Api (apy): also | Antaraya: obstacles | Abhavah (abhavas): disappear | Ca: and

As we discussed in Week 22 of our Yoga Sutra Studies, a personal Japa routine is a tangible (and proven) way to ensure that you stay on task for accomplishing your goal of Self-Realization.

And your Japa ritual itself serves as both a tool and a direct route for accomplishing your ultimate goal in Yoga because the practice allows you to fully “tune with the cosmic power…that transcends all…limitations,” which supports you to become the full embodiment of the “transcendental reality” that you seek to attain through your journey on your Eightfold Path (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali).

Although there are numerous obstacle to be aware of as you strive toward Self-Realization and Asamprajnata Samadhi (obstacles that we will discuss next week and in upcoming weeks moving forward), it is proven by many Yoga practitioners, who have “walked” this journey with success in the past, that diligent and devoted practice will always get you to your desired goal.

This means that as you engage in consistent Japa meditation practice moving forward (simultaneously integrating other tasks that are useful on your Yogic journey), with a clear goal/Sankalpa in mind, absorbing the full meaning and essence of your personally selected mantra, and so forth, you will naturally, with time, clear away all impediments within you that prevent you from seeing, knowing, and expressing the whole truth of who you are on all levels gross, subtle, and divine.

Today, we will explore the two primary, and traditional, Japa practice pathways for obtaining the success that you seek on your Yogic journey so that you can more fully decide which one (if any) is right for you moving forward if you have not already done so, or reinforce/clarify the reason why you may choose one over the other if the brief introduction in Week 22’s Check-in already inspired you to make a definite decision.

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