From studies using magnetic resonance imaging MRI , we know that concentrating on a short phrase will activate specific areas in the front and side of the brain. These areas, the frontal and parietal lobes , are involved in selective attention - the capacity to maintain a single focus despite the presence of distracting stimuli Plante   and J. Harold Ellens ,  and on websites such as Spirituality and Health. Where Easwaran scores over other books of a similar type is in his non-sectarian approach and his appeal to common-sense He has traversed the same path himself and is aware of all the snares and pitfalls.
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Shelves: meditation , spirituality A good, straightforward instruction manual on the history, uses and practice of the mantra m. As ever, Easwaran is clear and does an excellent job of elucidating the philosophies behind mantra practice; those who are completely new to the concept will be able to approach this for the first time and not feel intimidated by Sanskrit terminologies or the more esoteric parts of Eastern spirituality.
I have found this book a wonderful way to restart my japa practice and also to enrich my A good, straightforward instruction manual on the history, uses and practice of the mantra m. I have found this book a wonderful way to restart my japa practice and also to enrich my understanding of how exactly the mantra works and how one can make the most effective use of it.
It is also an excellent aid to those who are interested in taking up meditation or japa practice to calm the mind in times of unrest or uncertainty. It has helped me greatly and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. Om namah Shivaya. The Calm Technique is really good on But it lacks the cultural context and the sweet devotional feeling that this book adds to the subject. I enjoyed learning a bit more about Easwaran, having been exposed to his work on sacred texts without knowing so much about his background.
His experience Lovely. His experience of growing up Hindu in Kerala state, then later going to Catholic school where Hindus were seen as inferior and most fellow students had more preparation in English, becoming beguiled by western culture and rationality to the point of becoming a teacher of English, and then much later as an adult returning to the devotional values of his family His erudition and generosity of spirit are not, of course, explained by his life experience This really feels like a voice from the late s - Easwaran takes pains to credit a variety of religious traditions, making the argument that there is a common core in all faiths.
I suppose he had a lot of hippie readers who were alienated from Christianity, or Christian readers alienated from eastern faiths Not such a popular project these days. His section on various sources Greek, Russian, North African of the Jesus prayer was wonderful, and great learning for me.
Later teachers have been more precise about technique. Easwaran anticipates these exact technical issues too, as would anyone who has been around a lot of mantra practitioners I suppose. Sure, we should have good habits, we should be more mindful of what we do, what we feel, we should slow down and not get caught up in the rat race, but how do we actually do that?
But I think it makes sense. Easwaran does delve into the mystic significance a bit, but most of the book feels very modern. Not only is it written in a very accessible language, but it talks about the contemporary way of life, and presents the issues that he sees and offers the solution directly, with clear instructions on how to do it, leaving little room for ambiguity.
This book is the perfect companion to Passage Meditation. There is some overlap, but most of the material is different. I look forward to putting this into practice.
The Mantram Handbook
Number of pages Learn how to choose your mantram, and how to use it to focus your thoughts, replenish your energy, release your creativity, and strengthen your relationships. Francis of Assisi, and the Buddhist mantram Om mani padme hum. Easwaran taught the use of the mantram for 40 years as part of his passage meditation program. The mantram can help you to access your deeper resources in the midst of the challenges of daily living. It can open the door to a life that is increasingly full and meaningful. Easwaran uses stories and examples to show how the mantram can be a great support to parents and children, to colleagues at work, to couples in a relationship — even in illness or depression, and at the time of death. Music is by Yann Stoneman a.
The Mantram Handbook: A Practical Guide to Choosing Your Mantram and Calming Your Mind