Nama Article 11th December 2013
Swami Shantananda Puri Maharaj
Japa (repeating a mantra again and again) has been very commonly adopted and advocated by almost all the sages of yore (maharishis), by Adi Shankaracharya and his successors till now. The benefit in this method is the mantra being a sound effect, whether the mind is concentrated or not, dispersed or not, it automatically goes inside us as a sound (whether audible or not) and dispels the various obstacles and impediments which have not been allowing us to have even a glimpse of the Reality.
Secondly, the power of the tapasya (penance) of the Guru which has permeated the voice of my Guru comes inside me. As my Guru has similarly received initiation from his Guru, etc., the spiritual power of these people is behind us and helps us substantially. Thus Japa alone can take us to liberation.