About Japa Meditation

Are you sometimes happy? And sometimes sad? There are days, perhaps, when everyone appears to be smiling and speaking in sweet tones. Other days, there is nothing but problems and obstacles.

Do you ever wonder how you could have more access to permanent happiness? Or would it even be possible to feel love in your heart every day, whatever the circumstances that you face? Surely, you might say, this is impossible.

But there is an ancient culture, traced back by anthropologists as well as spiritualists, to an era several millennia ago. It is commonly known as the Vedic culture and its epicenter is where modern India is today. The Vedic culture was rich in spiritual insights, social and political order, customs, culture, poetry and music. One aspect of Vedic culture which we can all relate to even from the modern day is the power it gave to the vibration of sound.

Think about it. Orators have gained immense political influence (good and bad) through the power of speech. Arrows of words are communicated with tone through the projection of sound. Think of Pericles, Lincoln, Churchill, Roosevelt, Martin Luther King and now Barack Obama. And then think about the power of music whose vibration impacts on listeners hundreds of years after the death of the composer. Think Mozart, Schuman, Rachmaninov. Then think about the power of modern pop music. The power of The Beatles down to today’s Franz Ferdinand.

Then there are poets whose sublime words have touched the hearts of souls down the ages. Think of Rumi, Milton and Shakespeare.

Modern scientists recognize the value of the medium of sound. All material objects display different sound vibrations.

Ancient Vedic culture recognized that sound is the medium that connect the spiritual world with the material world in which we all strive to survive and thrive in the face of the complexities we learn to grapple with.

So much of our life is spent working out how to survive materially, protect ourselves and our families, build and preserve our reputation. But most of us also acknowledge that, somewhere, deep in our hearts, is a yearning, a thirst for some taste of something that is more relishable, more permanent, that nourishes our very essence.

Some of you have already found some activity which goes some way to satisfying this deep need. Some of you have recognized this need and are venturing to find solutions. And there are some of you that know there is a need but have yet to start the quest.

The Vedic culture has given us one of the simplest keys to this precious treasure. What could you do that guarantees access to happiness wherever you are and whatever you are doing, whatever the circumstances?

What is it that you could do that is beyond gender, race, nation or creed? What is it that you could do that is so simple that you could learn it within five minutes. And yet this simple solution could also be your access to the divine.

The wonderful aspect of this ancient treasure is that it is authoritative. It is not a modern concoction. It is not something made up by some bogus teacher. It has resonance and credibility stretching back millennia and yet is as relevant today as it was all those epochs ago.