Week 22: Reflections On Developing Personal Connection With OM/AUM [Through Japa Practice] (Sutra 28)

“I invite you to think of your Japa practice as a ladder that connects you to your true self and the truth of your existence.

Every day, as you invoke the essence of your selected mantra into your body, mind, spirit, and being, picture yourself taking a step closer to merging with your truth and The Truth of your pure self with each intentional incantation of your selected invocation.

Know that one of the key elements to your successful engagement in Japa practice is to integrate your personalized mantra into a meaningful ritual that helps you to feel not only connected to the sound of your selected mantra itself, but also helps you to feel connected to the deep meaning that it expresses for maximum effect, as Patanjali advised in Sutra 28.”

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Week 22: Developing Personal Connection With OM/AUM (Sutra 28)

“To repeat it with reflection upon its meaning is an aid.”

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Sutra (Thread) or Lesson 28: Tajjapa Tadartha Bhavanam

Tad (taj): that (OM) | Japah: repetition | Tad: that (OM) | Artha: meaning | Bhavanam: reflection


In Yoga, a Japa is the intentional repetition of a mantra, which is a mystic word (or phrase) that “keeps the mind steady and produces the proper effect” of connection with one’s Highest Self/Source.

Japa, according to Sri Swami Satchidananda, is “communion with God through the repetition of holy name.”

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Week 21: Check-In | As Above, So Below (Sutra 27)

Total knowledge is contained in the sound and symbol OM. (And please keep in mind that I do not use the word “total” lightly here either).

Everything–all that exists in the entire universe, within time, space, and all of life–is represented by and contained in, and within, the sound and symbol OM/AUM.

And OM/AUM stands as the most accurate symbol of the totality of existence/reality not only because of what it represents, but also because of how flawlessly complete it is in it’s communication of its message on infinite different levels and dimensions simultaneously.

When the word, symbol, and sound OM/AUM is contemplated on the deepest possible level, absolutely nothing gets lost or excluded.

OM/AUM is the word, sound, and symbol that contains all that there is to know in life, and, in Yoga, OM/AUM is also considered to be the true name and sound of “God.”

In Yoga, OM/AUM is the sound, word, and symbol that represents the one and true “Creator” and all that exists within all of creation.

OM is both the Source and the True Self that we seek to connect to/with within us and all around us through deep meditation and contemplation.

In the Christian Bible, it is written that first came “the word.”

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