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Monday, October 23, 2006

Bija Mantra

Got quite fascinated with Bija Mantra, and doing some reading on them.
I have been given a bija mantra - part of the overall mantra, and I do practice it.
It is quite fascinating, trying to find out if there is an online way to find out what my bija mantra is ...
Check out the two links towards the end of this writeup for sure

Deepak Chopra on Bija Mantra - There are many kinds of mantras. The word bija means seed. It’s the most basic kind of mantra there is, and it’s traditionally used for transcending or going beyond the realm of thought. The way that mantra is selected is based on your time of birth and your place of birth. Based on that information, the person who is giving you the mantra can actually know the exact position of the moon at the time and location of your birth. There are 108 such positions, and so there are 108 mantras, and they are selected according to this principal. These days we have a computer program to do this, so we can take your information and immediately get your astrological chart. This knowledge goes back hundreds of years. Now there are other mantras, of course, that have very specific effects. There is a huge body of knowledge on mantras for healing, for wealth consciousness, for invoking specific deities that are symbolic representations of psychic energy within your own self. Ever since I was a child, I’ve used thirty or forty different mantras for different reasons: for making me go to sleep if I can’t sleep; for increasing my energy; for increasing my desire for knowledge, etc. Usually mantras are given by teachers who are very knowledgeable and intimate with the tradition. In fact, they are passed on from teacher to disciple. Then the disciple one day becomes a teacher himself or herself, and passes the mantra on again. But as I said, it’s a huge body of knowledge.

http://homepages.compuserve.de/tar294/sast.htm
http://indiatemple.blogspot.com/2006_09_01_indiatemple_archive.html (scroll down and look for Bija)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantras

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