Japa (enunciation and rhythmic repetition of a mantra)
Japa yoga aims to utilize the physical and spiritual power of the sabda through the specific sonic patterns generated by the mantras. The subtle waves of energy generated by the japa of a mantra reach the specific cosmic center linked to the “Devata” (deity, pure form of energy and consciousness) of the mantra, attracting the supernatural currents of cosmic consciousness in quantities proportional to the repetition of the mantra.
The extraction of the essence of the conscious power of the sound of the words of the mantras is then achieved through japa yoga. The physical vibrations generated by the sound of japa affect the body of the “Sadhaka” (spiritual practitioner), its surrounding space and the conscious elements associated in the practice; example: Mala (rosary), Dhoti (cotton cloth without any seams), etc. The practice induces and stimulates in the mind the conscious energy centers related to the cosmic domains. Cyclical enunciation (or chanting) under different rhythms, tones and intensities is practiced in the japa of a mantra to achieve different effects of its sonic vibrations.
Effects of Japa
The internal creative effects of japa can be illustrated by simple analogy with the operation of the typewriters that were used in the past. When a key is pressed on this machine, its impact results in the printing of the corresponding letter or symbol on the paper. Similarly, the vibrations produced by the silent or vocal enunciation of a syllable or combinations of the syllables of a mantra make specific impressions in the subtle energy centers, stimulating at the same time in the physical body, the best functioning in nervous nodes and endocrine glands.
The subtle sonic patterns of the mantras generate specific vibrations in the sadhaka’s gross, mental and causal bodies and their environment. These vibrations enhanced by the spiritual force of the sadhaka’s inner ‘Being’ manifest the extrasensory impulses of the supreme consciousness.
The regular practice of the same japa becomes the root of the great spiritual development that can potentially emerge through the “Mantra-Vijnana” or power of the mantra.
The constant japa of the mantras has dual effects; externally, it generates vibrations in the surrounding space of the sadhaka and internally it stimulates the extrasensory centers of subtle energies – the chakras – and the physical body as we have already mentioned before. The impact of these effects is significantly amplified by the continuous repetition of said enunciation at a constant rate with perfect pronunciation.
Laboratory experiments have demonstrated the physical strength of rhythmic sound, a large number of examples of the Doppler effect have demonstrated the physical potential of superimposed sound waves.
DOPPLER – An increase (or decrease) in the frequency of sound, light, or other waves as the source and observer move toward (or away from) each other.
The friction effect that is stimulated during japa practices also gives rise to thermal, electrical and static energies, well known to all students of physics.
Scientific applications of different types of waves range from remote control of electrical appliances to cutting heavy metals using a laser, etc. It can be seen that it is not the equipment or the device, but rather the “power” of the energy waves that induces such powerful and wonderful effects.
The supernatural effects of the supersonic waves generated by the japa of the mantras are really powerful, but to this day they cannot yet be measured because they are beyond the reach of any sensory energy reading device.
In terms of science related to acoustics (based on materials), sound is generated by vibrations produced in any physical medium. Psychologists have gone a step further in accepting the latent power of the voice that affects the minds of the speaker and listeners, for example: the effects caused by a harsh or affectionate voices with the same frequencies and intensities are drastically different. These are only the gross and at the same time restricted manifestations of the power of Sabda. The dimensions of sabda expand far beyond the sentimental, physical or psychological levels, they include the subtle realms of consciousness and therefore form a subject of investigation by spiritual practitioners.
The quality of the different sounds that we can hear have a direct relationship with our actions and mental and emotional reactions. This can also be seen in our everyday encounters. For example, the roar of a lion or the trumpeting of an elephant creates a sense of fear if heard for the first time or even if the listener does not recognize those sounds. A crow’s song can be irritating if one is not used to its sound, etc. On the contrary, every time the sweet sound of a nightingale is heard, it will generate calming effects.