Mantra Chanting was a concept of the Vedic saints that includes mantras as one of the main forms of worship, whose end is seen as rescue. Mantra Jaap means repeating the mantra.Mantra Japa involves repetition of mantra again and again, usually 108 times completes one cycle. Due to this, the mala used for mantra jaap has 108 beads in it.One can attain peace of mind quickly by chanting mantra. With prolong and constant practice, the nautral power of the Mantra will be awakened, which will fill your very existence with the spirituality of the Mantra.
Select any Mantra and repeat it from one to ten malas.Take a bath or wash your hands, feet, face and mouth before sitting for Japa in the morning.Sit facing east or north during the practice. This enhances the effectiveness of the Jaap.Sit in a separate meditation room or in any suitable place, such as a temple, on a river bank or under a banyan or peepul tree.You can sit in Padmasana, Siddhasana or Sukhasana. Resolve to complete a certain minimum number of malas before leaving your seat.
Use a mala of 108 beads. Do not allow the mala to hang below the navel:
The mala must not be visible to you or to others, so cover it properly. Use the middle finger and the thumb of the right to roll the beads. The use of the index finger is not allowed.
Do mental Jaap for sometime without a or mala. When the mind wanders, do the Japa aloud, or whisper the Mantra for some time and come back to mental Japa again as soon as possible.
Do not chant mantra in haste. Do it slowly with feeling, concentration of mind and devotion.
One can leave the place after a dedicated prostration, with a feeling that everything belongs to that almighty. The Puja, Sadhana, Meditation and Jaap etc, any kind of prayers offered to the Almighty must be done with a sincere heart.