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One should choose a Mantra, fix a quiet and lonely place (under a tree, temple, or bank of river), set a time and then do the Jaap of that Mantra. Never sit on a bare floor, always use some woolen or cotton spread under. The chosen Mantra should be pronounced correctly. The Jap can be done either according to the convenience or by counting (for Saadhanaa).
Use of Maala - There should be a Maalaa to count the number of Mantra recitation. A Maalaa is a chain of 109 beads - 108 beads to work on and the 109th bead denotes that there is nothing greater than Paramaatmaa and nothing beyond Him, that is why while doing Maalaa, one should never cross the 109th bead (known as Sumeru). One should never touch the index finger and the smallest finger also to the beads. Turn the beads only by the help of medium finger and the thumb towards oneself. If you are not comfortable with using Maalaa, use the time. Set the time and do Jaap.
Mantra Jaap cleans your Karm. The more Jaap you do, the more cleansing of your past Karm is possible. Gaayatree Mantra which is mentioned in Ved several times is Divine, while all other Mantra are man-created (Laukik or Paurusheya)
A-Khand or Unbroken Jap - The starting and ending time of A-Khand Jap should be the same, in the forenoon or afternoon. When it is meant or 24 hours, it includes the day and night in equal portion. Traditions permit the vocal chanting in the day and mental chanting in the night time. If it can be conveniently adopted, adopt it, otherwise mental Jap is always preferred for the sake of uniformity. Dhoop and Deep should be continuously burning during this period. A small pitcher (Lotaa, or Kalash) filled with water should also be kept all the time in case you need to do Aachaman. At the end tat water should be poured in Tulasee plant or in some other plant.
Purification - If one is required to go to toilet in between, the Jap may be resumed after cleaning the hands and feet. It is not necessary to take bath after each disruption. On sneezing, passing the wind, yawning etc, purification can be achieved by taking three Aachaman only. Unclean women should do only mental Jaap. This rule applies to those situations also when a discharge is through nose, eyes, boil or sweat etc.
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Created on 05/18/2008 and Updated on 04/02/2013