Post available to Premium Members only. Please upgrade your account in order to apply.
Japa meditation is a really nice way to create the silence and stillness and to tap deep into that stillness. You can also do this at the beginning of your year, the practice, and before bed to help you sleep anywhere, anytime. Mala beads are stunning, and a lot of people wear them around their neck, or they wrap them around their wrists, and that's beautiful and itself because of the representation, but traditionally Japa malas are actually worn with the Tassel to the back of the neck, and they're actually one underneath the shirt. It's not for everyone else to see.
AJapa Malareminds us of is of our diversion and all that Japa meditation practice. And so after we've done our job well, Mala, we can either place this on the altar with deities or whatever it may be that you have on your altar or replace this on in the traditional way and so that every time we looked down and that we see our Java. It's a reminder of how practice and what our intention was when doing a Japa mala that morning and that devotion to the practice so it traditionally that that's what a Japa mala is useful and it has a hundred and eight beads.
When doing a Japa meditation, just sit in an easy cross-legged position. If your knees are below your hips, then just put something comfortably underneath your buttocks just to lift the hips and so that the knees can fall naturally. You hold your malas in your right hand, and you hold the rest of the mala in the left.
When we moved the mala beads, when we transitioned from one mantra to the next, we never use the pointed finger. Traditionally pointed fingers are called the ego finger. It deliberates, and it tells everyone what to do. And it has such power, and when we're doing a Japanese Mala, we want to do the opposite. We wanted to step out of that ego. It's not something that we want to attract. So we never use the first finger. We have the Japa Mala in our right hand, and we'll use our thumb, and we use our middle finger, and we just moved from one to the next to the next, to the next, as we chant our mantras.