When Swami Veda Bharati writes about the chief components of the Himalayan system, he writes about Japa,
“This is not simply a mechanical recitation of a randomly-chosen mantra. The science of mantra is based on an understanding of sound vibrations which are primarily centered in the various stations of the kundalini and cannot be grasped without initiation. The ultimate purpose of japa is to go into supreme silence. One first absorbs the articulate level of speech (vaikhari) into the mental level (madhyama). Then one silences even that and enters the realm of pashyanti, the vibration of revelation, such that oneself may become the channel for revelation. From there one goes into the supreme absorption in the para, the transcendent, which is knowledge, as it exists in the Divine Principle. A preceptor trained in the Himalayan tradition leads the students into further and further refinements through nine major stages of mantra practice as taught in the tantric systems.Some of the variations of japa practice are as follows:
(a) Practising the mantra with the awareness of the breath flow.
(b) Practising the mantra while performing daily tasks such as cooking or reading or writing.
(c) Listening to one’s mantra in the mind or in the anahata chakra.
(d) Practising the mantra with the sumeru breathing.
(e) Merging the mantra into the dot of the bija of a given chakra, and then observing it emerge from there again.
(f) Taking the mantra into the mind’s chamber of silence, and observing it emerge again from that silence.
(g) Merging the mantra into the interior sound in the Cave of the Bees, bhramara guha, again experiencing its re-emergence.
(h) Using the mantra in the mental worship in the interior temples (manasa-puja).
For all of these, both the method and the initiatory grace are required.”
Those designated to give mantra initiation within the AHYMSIN family include: Adhikari Bhoi, Alexander Benjamin, Ashutosh Sharma, Carolyn Hume, Helen Choe (Hansa), Lalita Arya (Ammaji), Linda Billau, Matilde Caro Reoyo, Michael Kissener, Nina Johnson, Pandit Hari Shankar Dabral, Rajah Indran, Raghavendra Adiga, Savitri Jugdeo, Shi Hong,Stephen Parker (Stoma), Swami Ma Radha Bharati, Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati, Swami Prashant Bharati, Swami Ritavan Bharati, Swami Tat Sat Bharati, Wolfgang Bischoff, and Yoong. Get to know them and let them get to know you.
Initiators can be contacted at this link: https://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Contact-Us/Adhyatma-Samiti-Spiritual-Committee.html
Initiation is a fundamental element within the Himalayan Tradition, and Swami Veda Bharati invites people to prepare themselves for initiation and urges teachers to “prepare your students to become linked to the Guru lineage by way of initiation.”
"The first stage in guidance is an initiation into a specific mantra... The word mantra means that which liberates the mind from all griefs, sorrows and agonies. A mantra consists of one or more words chosen specifically for leading a particular aspirant to the final Truth. Not every word can be a mantra. Mantras are not composed by the initiator. They have been handed down to him through his tradition, having been revealed to great Yogis and Seers while they were in a superconscious state. The science of mantra is very exact, but very few people know or understand its significance. Once initiated the disciple repeats and meditates upon his mantra throughout his life. And gradually the mantra leads him to the stage of samadhi." – Swami Rama, Lectures on Yoga.
We invite you to read Swamiji’s writing about the Himalayan Tradition at https://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Himalayan-Tradition/what-is-the-himalayan-tradition-for-yoga-meditation.html
For more information about the significance and process of initiation, please go to "Mantra - What and Why" written by Swami Veda Bharati. https://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/Swami-Veda-Bharati/mantra-what-and-why.html