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The Characteristics of a Mantra The mantra is like a rocket engine that propels the mind beyond the gravitational fields of the lower levels of consciousness through all the turbulence of the subconscious mind to the superconscious - and beyond Thus a correct process of meditation involves the generation of immense psychic energy through intense concentration on the mantra Some systems of meditation which involve internal repetition of certain sounds advise the meditators not to concentrate on them Such techniques are quite relaxing and refreshing but for spiritual elevation concentration is essential - the intense effort to focus the mind on the mantra Like the farmer whose mind was concentrated on his sick son or the chemist concentrated on his research or the medium concentrated on her crystal ball - the fixed attention of the mind on any object of thought will produce the necessary internal energy to elevate the mind to subtler levels Experiments on Ananda Marga meditators whose process begins with concentration have shown that rather than being asleep or passively relaxed their bodies and minds are in a state of intense physiological activation more energy rather than less is flowing through them THREE QUALITIES OF A MANTRA PULSATIVE What is the special effect of the mantra that by focusing the mind on it one can transcend the ignorance and illusions of the lower mind A mantra must have three qualities to hold the restless mind steady to energise it and to transport it to subtler realms It must be pulsative incantative and ideative First it must be pulsative It must be of two syllables so that it can flow rhythmically with the breathing for the breathing has a profound effect upon the state of ones consciousness You may have noticed that whenever you are angry or upset your breathing is fast and short but when you
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