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PRACTICAL AIDS TO JAPA

1. Select any Mantra or Name of God, preferably that given to you by your Guru, and repeat it
from 108 to 1,080 times daily (one to ten malas).
2. Always keep your Guru-Mantra a secret. Never disclose it to anyone. It is better to stick to one
Mantra only. Take a bath or wash your hands, feet, face and mouth before sitting for Japa in the
morning. At other times this is not absolutely necessary. Do Japa whenever you have leisure, at
the three junctions of the day - morning, noon and evening - and before going to bed.
3 The early morning period (Brahmamuhurta) and dusk is the most favourable time for Japa and
meditation. This is when Sattva (purity or steadiness) is predominant.
4. Face east or north during the practice. This enhances the efficacy of the Japa.
5. Sit on a deer skin or rug. Spread a piece of cloth over it. This conserves body-electricity. Sit in a
separate meditation room or in any suitable place, such as a temple, on a river bank or under a
banyan or peepul tree.
6. Maintain a steady pose. Attain mastery of the posture. You must be able to sit in Padmasana,
Siddhasana or Sukhasana for three hours at a strech. Recite some prayers before starting the
Japa. Reslove to complete a certain minimum number of malas before leaving your seat.
7. A rosary is a whip to goad the mind towards God. Use a rudraksha or tulsi mala of 108 beads.
Do not allow the mala to hang below the navel. Keep the hand near the heart or the nose. The
mala must not be visible to you or to others. Cover it with a towel or handkerchief, which must be
clean and washed daily. Use the middle finger and the thumb of the right to roll the beads. The
use of the index finger is prohibited.Do not cross the meru while rolling the beads. Turn back when
you come to it.
8. Do mental Japa for sometimes without a mala. When the mind wanders, do the Japa aloud, or
whisper the Mantra for some time and come back to mental Japa again as soon as possible.
9. When you repeat the Mantra, have the feeling or mental attitude that the Lord is seated in your
heart, that purity or Sattva is flowing from the Lord into your mind, that the Mantra is purifying
your heart, destroying desires, cravings and evil thoughts.
10. Do not do the Japa in a hurried manner. Do it slowly with feeling, one-pointedness of mind and
single-minded devotion. Pronounce the Mantra distinctly and without any mistakes. Repeat it
neither too slowly nor too fast. Increase the speed only when the mind wanders. Be vigilant and
alert during Japa. Stand up when sleep tries to overpower you.
11. Try to associate the Japa with the rhythm of the breath and meditate in the form of your Deity.
Keep a picture or idol of the Deity in front of you. Think of the meaning of the Mantra while
repeating it. Regularity in Japa Sadhana is most essential if success is to be achieved. Sit in the
same place and at the same time every day. Do not beg for any worldly objects from God while
doing Japa. Feel that your heart is being purified and that the mind is becoming steady by the
power of the Mantra and the Grace of the Lord.
12. Observe silence and avoid distractions, calls and engagements. It is important not to leave
the place at once after the Japa is over and mix with everyone or plunge into worldly activity.
Sit very quietly for at least ten minutes, humming some prayer, remembering the Lord and
reflecting upon His infinite love. Then, after devout prostration, leave the place and
commence your routine duties and activities. In this way the spiritual vibrations will remain
intact. Continue the current of Japa mentally at all times, whatever be the activity in which
you are engaged. Carry on your Sadhana with tenacity and perseverance, without a break.
Realize the glorious goal of life and enjoy supreme bliss.

More labels and 108 names of Ganesha
Akhuratha One who has Mouse as his Chariot/Vehicle
Alampata Ever Eternal Lord
Amit Incomparable Lord
Anantachidrupamayam Infinite and Consciousness Personified
Avaneesh Lord of the whole World
Avighna Remover of Obstacles
Balaganapati Beloved and Lovable Child
Bhalchandra Moon-Crested Lord
Bheema Huge and Gigantic
Bhupati Lord of the Gods
Bhuvanpati God of the Gods
Buddhinath God of Wisdom
Buddhipriya Knowledge Bestower
Buddhividhata God of Knowledge
Chaturbhuj One who has Four Arms
Devadeva Lord of All Lords
Devantakanashakarin Destroyer of Evils and Asuras
Devavrata One who accepts all Penances
Devendrashika Protector of All Gods
Dharmik One who gives Charity
Dhoomravarna Smoke-Hued Lord
Durja Invincible Lord
Dvaimatura One who has two Mothers
Ekaakshara He of the Single Syllable
Ekadanta Single-Tusked Lord
Ekadrishta Single-Tusked Lord
Eshanputra Lord Shiva's Son
Gadadhara One who has The Mace as His Weapon
Gajakarna One who has Eyes like an Elephant
Gajanana Elephant-Faced Lord
Gajananeti Elephant-Faced Lord
Gajavakra Trunk of The Elephant
Gajavaktra One who has Mouth like an Elephant
Ganadhakshya Lord of All Ganas
Ganadhyakshina Leader of All The Celestial Bodies
Ganapati Lord of All Ganas
Gaurisuta The Son of Gauri
Gunina One who is The Master of All Virtues
Haridra One who is Golden Colored
Heramba Mother's Beloved Son
Kapila Yellowish-Brown Colored
Kaveesha Master of Poets
Kirti Lord of Music
Kripalu Merciful Lord
Krishapingaksha Yellowish-Brown Eyed
Kshamakaram The Place of Forgiveness
Kshipra One who is easy to Appease
Lambakarna Large-Eared Lord
Lambodara The Huge Bellied Lord
Mahabala Enormously Strong Lord
Mahaganapati Omnipotent and Supreme Lord
Maheshwaram Lord of The Universe
Mangalamurti All Auspicious Lord
Manomay Winner of Hearts
Mrityuanjaya Conqueror of Death
Mundakarama Abode of Happiness
Muktidaya Bestower of Eternal Bliss
Musikvahana One who has Mouse as His Charioteer
Nadapratithishta One who Appreciates and Loves Music
Namasthetu Vanquisher of All Evils and Vices and Sins
Nandana Lord Shiva's Son
Nideeshwaram Giver of Wealth and Treasures
Omkara One who has the Form Of OM
Pitambara One who has Yellow Colored Body
Pramoda Lord of All Abodes
Prathameshwara First Among All
Purush The Omnipotent Personality
Rakta One who has Red Colored Body
Rudrapriya Beloved Of Lord Shiva
Sarvadevatman Acceptor of All Celestial Offerings
Sarvasiddhanta Bestower of Skills and Wisdom
Sarvatman Protector of The Universe
Shambhavi The Son of Parvati
Shashivarnam One who has a Moon like Complexion
Shoorpakarna Large-Eared Lord
Shuban All Auspicious Lord
Shubhagunakanan One who is The Master of All Virtues
Shweta One who is as Pure as the White Color
Siddhidhata Bestower of Success and Accomplishments
Siddhipriya Bestower of Wishes and Boons
Siddhivinayaka Bestower of Success
Skandapurvaja Elder Brother of Skanda
Sumukha Auspicious Face
Sureshwaram Lord of All Lords
Swaroop Lover of Beauty
Tarun Ageless
Uddanda Nemesis of Evils and Vices
Umaputra The Son of Goddess Uma
Vakratunda Curved Trunk Lord
Varaganapati Bestower of Boons
Varaprada Granter of Wishes and Boons
Varadavinayaka Bestower of Success
Veeraganapati Heroic Lord
Vidyavaridhi God of Wisdom
Vighnahara Remover of Obstacles
Vignaharta Demolisher of Obstacles
Vighnaraja Lord of All Hindrances
Vighnarajendra Lord of All Obstacles
Vighnavinashanaya Destroyer of All Obstacles and Impediments
Vigneshwara Lord of All Obstacles
Vikat Huge and Gigantic
Vinayaka Lord of All
Vishwamukha Master of The Universe
Vishwaraja King of The World
Yagnakaya Acceptor of All Sacred and Sacrificial Offerings
Yashaskaram Bestower of Fame and Fortune
Yashvasin Beloved and Ever Popular Lord