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Dear Yoga Mentor, My Question Is...

Sometimes students have written to or asked Swami Veda, Swami Ritavan, and other senior teachers in our tradition questions about practice. This is one such “Question and Answer,” or Q&A.


They say that as you practice your mantra repetition becomes faster, but mine is becoming slower.


Two have answered this question: Michael Smith and Stephen Parker (Stoma).

From Michael Smith:

There is a talk by Swami Veda titled “How to do Long Mantras Faster (in Less Time).”
Maybe that will help.

Generally when my japa slows down, it’s because I’m tired or because I have a lot of distracting thoughts.

From Stephan Parker (Stoma):

The slowness of the mantra may be attributable to making an effort in its repetition. It likely also has to do with remaining attached to the syllables, which are the gross body of the mantra. See what happens if you simply listen for the mantra to naturally arise in your mind when you have gone inward and relaxed. One of the secrets of yoga is that the deeper path is found by deeper relaxation, not by more effort and advanced technique.

Editor’s Note:

For recordings of Swami Veda’s talks, contact Himalayan Yoga Publications Trust, info@yogapublications.org.

If you have a question about spiritual practice, you can use the "Contact the Spiritual Committee" link on the Ahymsin website to ask it.

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