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    che10 got a reaction from lisa heden in Weight Loss/ Fat Loss   
    Can someone recommend a tried and tested way for weight/fat loss.
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    che10 reacted to The Editor in Simple Sadhna   
    The most common mantra is the maha mantra:
    hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
    hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
    Some scriptures have the mantra reversed beginning first with hare rama.
    This is a nama mantra which does not require initiation by a guru, and can be chanted by anyone at anytime.
    The Kali Santarana Upanishad states about this mantra:
    iti shodasakam namnam
    natah parataropayah
    sarva-vedeshu drisyate
    "The sixteen words 'Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare' are especially meant for completely destroying all the contamination of Kali yuga. To save oneself from the contamination of Kali Yuga, there is no alternative in all the Vedas except the chanting of this sixteen-word mantra."
    Other common mantras for Lord Vishnu are om namo bhagavate vasudevaya and om namo narayanaya.
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    che10 reacted to The Editor in Simple Sadhna   
    In the present age of Kali yuga mantra japa is the yuga dharma, or main process for self realization. It is simple, requires no background qualification, and can be done anywhere at any time.
    Sit down in a peaceful place and silently chant your mantra. In the beginning start for 10 minutes, and gradually increase. The mind will become fixed and peaceful usually after 30 minutes, and then the more fruitful sadhana will start.
    Other options for sadhana are puja (worshipping a deity of God), meditation (dhyanam), svadhyaya (self study of scriptures), etc.
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    che10 reacted in Mantra Siddhi? What is it?   
    Namaste Kali ji, 
      Yes, I would say you are 'chasing mirages' if you attempt to follow all the elaborated performances traditionally expounded. All that rigmarole is totally unnecessary for spiritual awakening. 
       Let us consider the word 'siddhi'. Does it not mean 'perfection?' And perfection of what? Not of thaumaturgic powers, but of the quality of being. Mantra (without any counting) is constantly purifying the mind-stuff. 
      I have been teaching mantra for 45 years and many of my students have experienced samadhi as a result, without any of the traditional claptrap associated. Don't get yourself bogged down by what was done in the past.
     Kali is right that healing capacities may be realised as a result of mantric practice, but that is a side effect, not the goal. 
     It is not getting siddhis that is the problem (although as he points out there is a danger of ego-inflation as a result), but the mere wanting siddhis is the major obstacle to emancipation, as all want is produced by the ego-sense to begin with. 
     Says the great sage, Sri Ramana Maharshi: 
     “In order to display siddhis, there must be others to recognise them. That means there is no jñana in the one who displays them. Therefore, siddhis are not worth a thought. Jñana alone is to be aimed at and gained.” 
    I rest my case. 
    Ramana Baba 
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