In Sanskrit, 'manana' means to meditate. A mantra is that which is uttered in meditation. It is the phonetisation of vibrations into a specific sound which has a direct effect on the inner being. When a realised soul (Sahaja Yogi) utters a mantra, he/she mediates spiritual energy for the specific purpose for which the mantra is intended.
Mantras are most effective when used whilst sitting in meditation. To do this, find a clean, quiet place. Set Shri Mataji 's picture on a table, placing a lit candle before the picture. Sit comfortably with hands relaxed on your lap, palms upward. This can be done in conjunction with footsoaking. After putting yourself in bandhan, keeping your attention loose, see what sensations - i.e. tingling, numbness, slight heat - you may feeling on your fingers or in your body at the location of the Chakras. These sensations tell you where the blockages are in your Chakras. Clear them, using bandhan and the appropriate mantras (checking which finger or location on the hand corresponds to which Chakra). After some time these sensations will disappear, and you will start to feel coolness on your hands. This means that the Chakras have cleared and that Kundalini is rising unimpeded.
Sometimes, you may feel the cool breeze at first, and then heat in the hands or in the body. This happens when the Kundalini starts to burn away the impurities that are clogging the Chakra, and is a good sign. The process can be helped along by footsoaking.
If the heat is more in the left hand and also you do not feel vibrations on the left hand, put that hand out towards Shri Mataji 's photograph and the right hand palm down on the Mother Earth.
In a severe case hold the left hand towards the flame of a candle, palm upwards and very near the flame (not so near that the finger gets burnt) and the right hand on ground.
If the right hand is hot/warm or no vibrations are coming, put that hand towards Shri Mataji's picture and the left hand palm facing upwards and towards the back. No candle.
If you are disturbed by thought or mental activity, try doing the Attention Exercise given in the Explanation of Sahaj Terms.
Do not fight your thoughts, but try to just witness them and let them go. Gradually, you will find yourself in thoughtless awareness, without any effort.
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