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Re: Counting and concentration in Gayathri japam...

From: Mohan R Sagar (
Date: Sat Aug 28 1999 - 22:03:15 PDT

Mani Varadarajan wrote:
> I'd like suggestions from List members about what particular forms
> they concentrate on when they do their japam.  For a while I used
> to concentrate on Nitya Kalyana Perumaal of Tiruvidavendai (I can't
> say why, He just came into my head), but now even He does not stay
> fixed in my mind. It was also easier when I had a direct view of
> the sun. When doing the japam outside, it was easy to concentrate
> on the Paramapurusha as the indweller of the sun. However, now I
> am forced to do my japam inside. Any ideas?

Along the lines of Sri Murali's response, my
preference also involves meditating on the form
that I
"see" during thiruvAradhanai, which in my case, is
Sri Vaidya LakshmiNarasimhan of Yadagirigutta
(although the sAlagrAmam in our home is Vishnu).

It would seem to me that it would be easiest and
most effective to meditate on the form that brings
one into the mood of devotion, which, as we have
discussed recently, is equal if not more
important than the rituals themselves.  And, what
rUpam could be more conducive to fostering this
than the one that we lovingly serve daily in 
our thiruvAradhanai?