AJAPA JAPA PRACTICE
Ajapa Japa is the practice of constant repetition of a mantra. This practice has direct affect on the reticular formation and its activity. The reticular formation is an important regulator in the autonomic nervous system for such processes as respiration rate, heart rate and gastrointestinal activity. It also plays an important role in sleep and consciousness as well as modulation of pain.
You can use any mantra you want for this practice, however, traditionally the mantra SO HAM is used as it corresponds with the natural sound of our breath. SO HAM means “I am that I am”.
The First Stage of Ajapa Japa begins with the practitioner visualizing and feeling the flow of prana moving between the navel and the throat. Imagine if you can a clear astral tube, very thin, running the length of the space between the navel and the center of the throat. The prana is seen like sparkling light or flowing water which moves within the astral tube in relation to the breath and the direction of the mind. Ajapa is one of the more important practices as it begins the process of gathering your pranic force.
This is considered one of the “great sadhanas” or practices which will make you aware of the inner silence. In the process of attaining the “Inner Silence” you will become aware of the inner noise which acts as a barrier to you knowing the silence within.
Antar Mouna reveals to you the inner workings of your mind and enables you to understand them. As you practice Antar Mouna regularly it will become permanent and you will rise to the level of being more aware of your rational and irrational mind. You will also see others more clearly.
Antar Mouna is a fantastic training system for awareness. It can eventually be practiced anytime, anywhere, under any circumstance. Strengthening your inner witness, showing you who you are, what you are and where you are going.