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Sadhana Related Queries
  1. There are so many Sadhanas to choose from. How do I choose one?
  2. Are there any general rules to be followed during Sadhna period?
  3. How to chant using the rosary? How do I hold the rosary? Which hand?
  4. Some of the beads on my rosary have been damaged/broken. Can I use this rosary for Sadhana?
  5. What should I do if I mispronounce Mantra during chanting. Do I need to repeat the entire rosary again?
  6. How do I know correct pronunciation of word? How do I speak this Mantra?
  7. What is Guru Mantra?
  8. What happens when I chant Mantra?
  9. What is the correct way to do sadhana. How to pray? Is there a set way to perform Guru Sadhana?
  10. How do I chant mantra?. Should I say it aloud?
  11. Why canít I start a Sadhana on any day? Isnít one day as good as other?
  12. What is the importance of color in Sadhana?
  13. Why is direction important for sadhana?
  14. What is Brahmacharya (celibacy)? Does it mean not even talking with mother/sister?
  15. What should I wear during the Sadhna?
  16. What is Bhoj Patra? How do I write Yantra on it?
  17. Can I wash Sadhana articles during Sadhana period ?
  18. I start sadhana but fall asleep midway. What should I do?
  19. Can I perform Sadhana wearing Jeans and T-shirts? What type of clothes should I wear during sadhana?
  20. Can I wear shoes/slippers during Sadhana?
  21. What should I do if I have the urge to go to bathroom while Mantra chanting is in progress?
  22. How should I sit during sadhana. Can I sit on a chair ? What is sitting pose/posture/stance?
  23. Can I do sadhana on a bed?
  24. Can I do sadhana if someone else is in room?
  25. Should I close my eyes while performing the Sadhana?
  26. What is Traatak? How do I practice it?
  27. What is Shakti Chakra?
  28. Can I perform Sadhana on someone else' behalf? Can someone else perform Sadhana on my behalf?
  29. What is Anusthaan? What is Sankalp? What is Hawan? What is Tarpan? What is Maarjan? How is it done?
  30. What are the Five components of "Panchopchaar Poojan"?
  31. What are the English names for the ten directions?
  32. What is Tilak?

  1. There are so many Sadhanas to choose from. How do I choose one?

    Each person nurtures a different wish in life, each one has a different personality, a different conscience, hence only a Guru can decide which method and technique would suit the disciple best. You should try to meet Gurudev in person and discuss your problems and plans with Him. Gurudev will advice about the best path to attain success depending on the ability and aptitude of the disciple. You may either meet Revered Gurudev personally either in Gurudham or during a Sadhana Camp, or you may correspond using letter/fax/email.

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  2. Are there any general rules to be followed during Sadhna period?

    There are some general specific rules to be followed for gaining success in Sadhanas.

    Perform Sadhana in a clean, pure place wearing clean, freshly washed attire.

    Have full Faith, Trust and Devotion towards Mantra, Yantra Guru and Deity.

    Be enthusiastic and alert. Have patience and strong will power.

    You should use correct, consecrated and Mantra energised Sadhana articles.

    You should perform Self analysis and do self-correction

    You should attend Sadhana Camps to gain practical knowledge about Sadhanas

    You should perform Sadhana only after taking relevant Diksha from Revered Trimurti Gurudevs.

    You should stay in touch with Revered Trimurti Gurudevs and keep discussing various aspects of Sadhana with Them.

    You should make "Guru Geeta" and "Nilkhileshwaranand Stavan" an essential part of your daily prayer.

    You should eat pure "Satvik" food. You should refrain from eating non vegetarian food, "Taamsik" food like onion, garlic etc. , smoking or drinking. You should not eat in hotels etc.

    You should remain celibate during the Sadhna period.

    You should not shave your beard or cut your hair or nails during Sadhana period.

    You should finish the entire daily mantra chanting (complete all rounds of rosary) in one sitting without getting up from your seat (asan).

    You should sit erect and keep your body still whilest chanting mantras.

    You should start Mantra Chanting at the same time daily.

    You should sleep on the floor during Sadhana period.

    You should refrain from talking and should conserve all your energy during Sadhana period.

    You should not sleep during day time.

    You should not talk to others about your Sadhana. You should communicate only with Revered Trimurti Gurudevs or Gurudham about Sadhana matters.

    These are just basic guidelines. There are lots of other Sadhana rules which should be followed religiously.

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  3. How to chant using the rosary? How do I hold the rosary? Which hand?

    You should hold the rosary in your right hand while chanting the Mantra. You should take rosary in right hand between Ring-Finger and Middle-Finger and move it using Thumb and Middle-Finger. You should place your hand adjacent to the heart. The rosary should not touch your leg or ground. Either you should place your left hand to avoid this, or you may put rosary in Gomukhi (cotton cloth bag) whilest chanting. Your index finger (fore-finger) should not touch the rosary. You should never let rosary touch the ground even when you are not performing Sadhana. It should always be kept wrapped in a clean cloth.

    There is a separator bead in every rosary. Basically it is the central bead at which the thread containing beads is joined/tied together. This is normally marked by a different color thread on it. You may easily identify the separator bead. You should start moving the bead from the bead next to separator bead. You should not start from the separator bead itself. The beads should move along with the mantra chanting in direction towards you (clockwise direction). You should move one bead with each chant of complete mantra. In the moving process, once you reach the separator bead after finishing the bead before the separator bead, you should overturn the rosary with your right hand, making the last bead before separator (one you used just now) the first bead after separator. This is called as completing one complete round of the rosary. And then you should start chanting again with this bead as the first one.

    In some muslim mantras, the rosary should move in direction away from you (anti-clockwise direction).

    Normally, the same Mantra is chanted with all the beads. One rosary should preferably be used for a particular Mantra only. Only a particular type of rosary can be used for a particular Mantra.

    For maximum benefits, one needs to use a special consecrated rosary which has been enlivened for the particular mantra for that person.

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  4. Some of the beads on my rosary have been damaged/broken. Can I use this rosary for Sadhana?

    It is advisable to take out the broken/damaged beads from the rosary and then use the rosary. A normal rosary has 108 beads. You may perform additional mantra chantings using an extra rosary round to maintain the same count.

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  5. What should I do if I mispronounce Mantra during chanting. Do I need to repeat the entire rosary again?

    You donít need to repeat the entire rosary-round if you mispronounce once. Just pronounce twice correctly and proceed further.

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  6. How do I know correct pronunciation of word? How do I speak this Mantra?

    Correct Pronunciation of Mantra is a basic pre-requisite to obtain success in Sadhanas. You should always contact Jodhpur Gurudham by telephone to obtain correct pronunciation of Mantras. A single word might be used in different ways in different Mantras. So, just obtaining pronunciation of a single word is not correct. Similarly, it is not possible to check pronunciation on email. Jodhpur Gurudham can verify your pronunciation and tell correcting measures. Audio recordings of some common Mantras has also been put up on our web site here.

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  7. What is Guru Mantra?

    The Guru Mantra is the most powerful Matra. It is chanted to invoke Divine blessings of Revered Sadgurudev. It is -

    || Om Param Tatvaay Naaraayannaay Gurubhyo Namah ||

    You should chant the Guru Mantra using the Sfatik rosary. This is a white crystal rosary which you should have received when you took Guru Diksha.

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  8. What happens when I chant Mantra?

    When one chants Mantra, the sound vibrations resonate on the rosary beads and the Yantra (a small copper plate with particular geometrical drawings), and passes across the universe to the particular deity. Then they gather more power from the deity and return back to the person.

    Actually it is much more complex than this. Chanting Mantra on a plain rosary will not give one much effect. Each particular bead of rosary needs to be consecrated and energised. These prayers are done during the auspicious moments. Moreover, the rosary needs to be enlivened with special Mantras for the particular person (user). The Yantras and other Sadhana articles are required to be consecrated and Mantra energised. For maximum benefits, one should use a special consecrated rosary which has been enlivened for the particular mantra for that person.

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  9. What is the correct way to do sadhana. How to pray? Is there a set way to perform Guru Sadhana?

    There are some very specific rites and rituals ( procedures) which you need to follow whilest performing Sadhana (worship). You can go through the "Right Way to do Sadhana" and "Preparing for Sadhana" and other articles in the Sadhana subsection of our website.

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  10. How do I chant mantra?. Should I say it aloud?

    In some Sadhanas, you need to chant mantra aloud. However, for most Sadhanas, you need to chant in softly so that only you can hear it and nobody near you can hear it. A detailed article on this topic was published in April 2000 issue of Mantra Tantra Yantra Vigyan magazine. It is available on our web site here.

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  11. Why canít I start a Sadhana on any day? Isnít one day as good as other?

    No. You may start Sadhana only on a specific day at a specific time. Every day is different, in fact every second is different from others. The Strength of Divine power of each deity differs across times and days. The Planetary positions also change every millisecond contributing to a change in optimal conditions. One should obtain Sadhana at the most auspicious moment to obtain maximum benefit. The Eclipses are the most auspicious moments to perform some Sadhanas. Please read Revered Gurudevís book "Kaal Gyaan" for further information on this topic.

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  12. What is the importance of color in Sadhana?

    Color has a major significance during Sadhana. Each deity has its own favorite color. Your robes (i.e. dhoti) and asana should be of the required color. The cloth sheet used to place the Sadhana articles (Photographs, Yantra, Rosary etc.) should also be of the required color. Each Sadhana has its own particular rule about specific color. If no color is specified, then you may perform Sadhana by placing the Sadhana articles on a Yellow cloth and by wearing a Yellow dhoti and Guru Chadar/Pitambar (shawl).

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  13. Why is direction important for sadhana?

    Each Sadhana has to be done by sitting in a specific direction. Different Divine powers, Gods, Goddesses etc. have abode in different directions. We invoke them during Sadhana. Every deity is controlled by Mantras and they are compelled to come when invoked. So, we should be seated in correct direction to greet them. It is always bad manners to call someone and then sit with your back towards them!

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  14. What is Brahmacharya (celibacy)? Does it mean not even talking with mother/sister?

    Brahmacharya(celibacy) is a state of mind. You should be celibate both in your mind and by your body. You should not think about such thoughts. Of course, you can stay together and interact with your mother/sister etc.

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  15. What should I wear during the Sadhna?

    You should normally wear Yellow (or specific color) Dhoti, Guru Chadar/Pitambar and sit on a yellow (or specific color) asana (seat). Women may wear yellow (or specific color) Saree or other comfortable garments and should wrap the Guru Chadar/Pitambar over the upper part of the body. However various Sadhnas have specific instructions to use only specific coloured clothes and asanas.

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  16. What is Bhoj Patra? How do I write Yantra on it?

    Bhoj Patra is a traditional Indian type of paper. Sometimes, in Sadhana, it is used to write Yantra. Normally, there is a very elaborate process to mark Yantra on it and the Yantra has to be energised and consecrated with various sanctifying Mantras. A full fledged worship of the Yantra Is done. We have prepared many such Yantras on copper in our Jodhpur Gurudham, and you may obtain Mantra energised and consecrated Yantra from us.

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  17. Can I wash Sadhana articles during Sadhana period ?

    If you are performing a multi-day Sadhana (more than 1 day), then you can wash the Sadhana articles only on the first day. After that, you should not wash the Sadhana articles on other days.

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  18. I start sadhana but fall asleep midway. What should I do?

    This happens because you close your eyes while doing Mantra chanting. You should chant Mantra with open eyes. You can gaze either at the Photograph or Revered Gurudev, or deity or Yantra or at the flame of the lamp.

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  19. Can I perform Sadhana wearing Jeans and T-shirts? What type of clothes should I wear during sadhana?

    No you cannot perform Sadhana wearing Western clothes. If you are a man, you should wear a dhoti and Guru Chadar/Pitambar(shawl). A description of both is detailed elsewhere in this faq. You may wear an underwear under dhoti.

    If you are a woman, you should can wear any comfortable clothes. Wearing a saree is preferable. You should wrap Guru Chadar/Pitambar(shawl) around the upper part of your body.

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  20. Can I wear shoes/slippers during Sadhana?

    No. You should ALWAYS perform Sadhana barefooted.

    You should NEVER enter the Sadhana room with shoes/slippers on.

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  21. What should I do if I have the urge to go to bathroom while Mantra chanting is in progress?

    Ideally, you should never break the mantra chanting come what may. But, if you canít control, then you should leave after completing the current rosary round. After, that, you need to take a fresh bath, and then restart the Sadhana from where you left it.

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  22. How should I sit during sadhana. Can I sit on a chair ? What is sitting pose/posture/stance?

    There are specific rules for each Sadhana. Some Sadhanas have to be done standing up and others by sitting. The Traditional Indian Yoga system has specific poses called Yogic Asanas (Not to be confused with the prayer mat). Each Sadhana has its own specific sitting pose. Most of the Sadhanas are done by sitting cross legged.

    You should sit upright with straight back in Padmasana, Siddhasana or Sukhasna. Some Sadhnas have specific Yogic asanas for them.

    And, sorry! You cannot perform Sadhana by sitting on chair or lying on bed ! (unless you have a medical problem)

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  23. Can I do sadhana on a bed?

    No, you cannot perform Sadhana on a bed unless your medical problem warrants it. You have to follow specific rules for each Sadhana.

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  24. Can I do sadhana if someone else is in room?

    Since a major prerequisite for performing Sadhana is concentration of mind, so it might not be possible to perform Sadhana while others are present nearby. One has to divert oneís mind away from everything and direct it only on the deity and Revered Gurudev. So, it is preferable to be alone in the room to perform Sadhana. You may perform Sadhana in a temple or riverside if you cannot find solitude in home.

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  25. Should I close my eyes while performing the Sadhana?

    If you close your eyes, then there is a chance of falling asleep. You should keep your eyes open and should do "Traatak" either on Gurudev or Deity or the flame of the lamp. Some Sadhanas have specific rules on Traatak and you should follow those rules.

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  26. What is Traatak? How do I practice it?

    Traatak is a Yogic exercise to improve concentration of mind and willpower. It involves staring continuously at an object without blinking or closing eyelids. However, there are some specific rules which one should follow while performing this exercise, otherwise one may suffer physical damage in eyes or brain. There are various stages of Traatak, and one should progress gradually from one stage to another. Please refer to Revered Gurudevís books on Hypnotism viz. "Practical Hypnotism" , "Secrets of Hypnotism" etc. The Mantra Tantra Yantra Vigyan magazine also publishes articles about Hypnotism and allied sciences.

    You may start by performing Traatak on a point or Shakti Chakra. You can also practice Traatak on the photograph of deity or pujya Gurudev while Mantra chanting. One should perform Traatak on the face (between eyes and eyes) of the photograph of deity/Gurudev.

    Traatak strengthens eyes and introduces Hypnotism power in eyes. One can get amazing siddhis, self-hypnotism, confidence and mesmerising power through Traatak.

    The object should be placed in front at a distance of 1.5 feet slightly above the eye-level (To ensure that eyes open completely).

    To perform Point Traatak, draw a circle of 6 inches on a 1ft X 1 ft board. Draw another circle of 05-1 inch within it. Color the inner circle with green or blue color. Draw a white point (similar size as a sarson seed) in the center.

    After Traatak, the eyes might become moist. Let them. Close the eyes. Relax them and do not move the retina inside. Leave eyelids and eyes loose.

    One should start Flame Traatak only after one has achieved considerable success in Point Traatak eg. change of color on the point and circle. If you start directly on the flame, then the body will not be able to adjust and eyes might be damaged.

    Disappearance of photo while performing Traatak on Deity/Gurudev's photo is a sign of success.

    Take care of eyes. Wash them regularly and often. Wash them before going to sleep and after waking up. In fact make a habit of washing eyes while washing hands or face. Never use dirty cloth or hands on eyes.

    Perform Eye exercises prescribed by doctor. In early morning, look at the sun with closed eyes.

    Protect eyes from Sun, dust, smoke and harsh lights. You may use blue or light green colored goggles but never use brown colored goggles.

    Wash eyes with Trifala water. Pour pure honey or Rose water in eyes after consultation with a doctor.

    Don't watch TV for long duration.

    Never perform Traatak on animals. You can do Traatak on plants.

    Shakti Chakra

    Shakti Chakra to perform Traatak on

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  27. What is Shakti Chakra?

    "Shakti Chakra" is a very powerful picture. It is used to Traatak. One can achieve amazing feats through this exercise. Please refer to Revered Gurudevís books on Hypnotism viz. "Practical Hypnotism" , "Secrets of Hypnotism" etc. The Mantra Tantra Yantra Vigyan magazine also publishes articles about Hypnotism and allied sciences.

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  28. Can I perform Sadhana on someone else' behalf? Can someone else perform Sadhana on my behalf?

    One should perform Sadhanas only after taking Guru Diksha. Any person who has taken a Guru Diksha can perform Sadhana on behalf of others if they are not able to do themselves due to ill health etc. by mentioning so in the "Sankalp".

    To make Sankalp, one needs to take water in oneís right hand palm saying the following in any language -

    Myself "name" son/daughter/wife of "your father/mother/husband's name" , belonging to "your gotra or surname" gotra , disciple of Pujya Gurudev Dr. Narayan Dutt Shrimaliji am making this pledge by taking Divine blessings and Diksha from my Pujya Gurudev Dr. Narayan Dutt Shrimaliji on "date & time" at "place name" that I will perform "sadhna name" Sadhana by chanting "number" rosary rounds for "number" days on behalf of "person name" son/daughter/wife of "father/mother/husband's name" , belonging to "gotra or surname" gotra ,resident of "place name" to solve "problem details" problem. May Pujya Gurudev stay with us all the time and guide and protect us. May all the benefits of this Sadhana go to "person name".

    After, this let the water flow to the ground.

    One should make the Shankh mudra for sankalp.

    This Sankalp is an agreement between yourself and the divine deity. After taking Sankalp, you should perform Sadhana for the required number of days at the same time. There should NOT be any break of even a single day after taking Sankalp. You need to take Sankalp only on the first day.

    To make Shankh Mudra, wrap all the fingers of right hand on the Thumb of Left hand as a fist. The smallest finger of right hand should be touching the base of Thumb of Left hand. All four fingers of right hand should wrap on the left thumb. Then touch Thumb of right hand with the Index (First) Finger of Left Hand. Keep other fingers of Left hand parallel to Index Finger. All the fingers of Left hand should join together.

    You should mentally pray and meditate on the form of revered Gurudev before starting the Mantra chanting. You should also mentally take permission from pujya Gurudev before starting the Mantra chanting and request for His blessings & Aashirwaad to obtain success.

    After the completion of Mantra chanting, you should mentally seek forgiveness from revered Gurudev for the mistakes (known or unknown) which you might have committed during Mantra chanting and request for His Aashirvaad and blessings.

    If you feel that you need to go somewhere which might lead to an interruption, then you should first finish that task, and perform Sadhana with Sankalp later. In the meantime, you may chant the Mantra given to you by Diksha using the mala.

    One can ask some close relative or someone else (pundit, shastri etc.) to perform prayers on oneís behalf. Sometimes, one is unable to perform Sadhana oneself due to physical illness etc. However, one should always endeavour to perform Sadhana oneself. There is no guarantee that the other person will be sincere and will make full effort. Moreover, there should never be a "middle man" in oneís relationship to God.

    In the ancient times the Yogis, Sadhus and Sanyasis used to accomplish Sadhana and having mastered it they used to help other people. However, the pundits and "sadhus" in the middle ages (and even now), started to exploit the ignorance of common man for petty gains. This lead to a downfall of the knowledge, and slowly the knowledge started getting extinct.Common man started to lose trust in Sadhanas and started to view it with suspicion. Revered Gurudev is resurrecting this ancient Indian knowledge, and giving an opportunity to common man to become independent. One faces many problems and troubles in life due to malefic planetary combinations, or past karmas, or black magic etc. Sometimes, one is unable to achieve success in oneís plans due to these reasons. So, one needs the Divine aid at various times in oneís life.

    So, one should strive to be independent and perform Sadhana oneself. After achieving success in Sadhanas, you will yourself get tremendous confidence and will get all round benefit. This will also help you in getting closer to God and will result in spiritual and material upliftment.

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  29. What is Anusthaan? What is Sankalp? What is Hawan? What is Tarpan? What is Maarjan? How is it done?

    There are many types of Anusthaan. In Laghu Anusthaan, 24000 Mantra chantings are done ( eg. 27 rosary rounds in 9 days) and 240 aahutis are offered in holy Yagya. In Madhyam Anusthaan, 1.25 Lakh Mantra chantings are done (eg. 33 rosary rounds in 40 days) and 1250 aahutis are offered in holy Yagya. In Maha Anusthaan, 24 Lakh Mantra chantings are done (66 rosary rounds in 1 year) and One-tenth aahutis are offered in holy Yagya. One may also perform Anusthaan of 51000 or 5 lakh rosary rounds.

    Anusthaan is a concentrated effort. You should try to complete the Anusthaan in as less number of days as possible for maximum benefit. An Anusthaan is normally done for completion of some task, or to solve some problem. The longer you delay the anusthaan, the more will be the delay in achieving results. Moreover, if you extend it for more time, then there is a chance of making more mistakes, breaking of celibacy (mental & physical) or some other strict rule. You should start the anusthaan on a auspicious day. Details of forthcoming auspicious days of current month are mentioned in the "What Your Stars Say" page of the Mantra Tantra Yantra Vigyan magazine, and also at the Auspicious Moments section at our website.

    You should follow following rules during Anusthaan -

    a. Start on the same time everyday. Perform same number of rosary rounds daily. Perform Anusthaan at a pure, satvik place in a pure, quite environment.

    b. Eat pure vegetarian food during Anusthaan & Sadhana period. Try to avoid onion, garlic etc. Eat food once a day.

    c. Maintain complete celibacy (mental & physical) during Anusthaan period. If your brahmacharya (celibacy) breaks during Anusthaan/Sadhana period, then you should stop the Sadhana/Anusthaan and restart the entire Sadhana/Anusthaan again afresh.

    d. Perform Guru Poojan and chant one rosary round of Guru Mantra. Then perform the required daily number of rosary rounds of the concerned Mantra. Then chant one rosary round of Guru Mantra again. The Ghee/Oil (Depending on Diety) Deepak should be lighted continuously during the entire Anusthaan period. Ghee Deepak should be lighted for Anusthaan of Guru Mantra.

    e. Mentally meditate on the form of the Diety and Gurudev during all the days of Anusthaan.

    f. Don't cut hairs or nails during the Anusthaan Period. One should also refrain from shaving.

    Normally, before chanting the mantra for Anusthaan/Sadhana, one needs to make a Sankalp (pledge) by taking water in oneí right hand palm saying the following in any language -

    Myself "name" son/daughter/wife of "father/mother/husband's name" , belonging to "your gotra or surname" gotra , disciple of Pujya Gurudev Dr. Narayan Dutt Shrimaliji am making this pledge by taking Divine blessings and Diksha from my Pujya Gurudev Dr. Narayan Dutt Shrimaliji on "date & time" at "place name" that I will perform "sadhna name" Sadhana by chanting "number" rosary rounds for "number" days to solve "problem details" problem. May Pujya Gurudev stay with me all the time and guide and protect me.

    After, this let the water flow to the ground.

    You should make the Shankh mudra for sankalp.

    This Sankalp is an agreement between yourself and the divine deity. After taking Sankalp, you should perform Sadhana for the required number of days at the same time. There should NOT be any break of even a single day after taking Sankalp. You need to take Sankalp only on the first day.

    To make Shankh Mudra, wrap all the fingers of right hand on the Thumb of Left hand as a fist. The smallest finger of right hand should be touching the base of Thumb of Left hand. All four fingers of right hand should wrap on the left thumb. Then touch Thumb of right hand with the Index (First) Finger of Left Hand. Keep other fingers of Left hand parallel to Index Finger. All the fingers of Left hand should join together.

    You also need to perform Hawan (Holy Fire), Tarpan & Maarjan after completion of Anusthaan. Havan is done for appeasement of Gods (Devataas). Tarpan is done for offering to & appeasement of "Updevataas" (Gods) and "Pitras" (Ancestors). Maarjan is done for appeasement of other important yonis; and to remove impurities and purify oneself. Maarjan also removes bad effects of Rajogun and Tamogun.

    You should offer 12500 (10% of Total Mantra chanting) Aahutis (offerings) in the holy fire of havan.

    You should suffix the deity's mantra (which you chanted 1.25 lakh times) with the word "Swahaa". With each chanting of the mantra, you should offer Aahuti in the holy fire. You may do havan in two shifts, if it is not possible for you to complete it together. The item to be offered for Aahuti is different for each Sadhana/Mantra/Deity and purpose.

    There are specific rituals for performing Havan/Yagya. Detailed procedure of doing Havan/Yagya (Holy Fire ritual) is described in book Sarva Siddhi Pradayak Yagya Vidhan authored by Param Pujaniya Gurudev.

    Normally, you may use "mango plant" wood sticks in the Yagya. However different types of woods are used in different Sadhanas. You can place a camphor between dry sticks and then light it. You should preferably use a "Havan Kund" for performing havan. Different kinds of Hawan Kunds are prescribed for different Sadhanas, purposes and Deities. It should be made of copper. If copper is not available, then you may use any other pure metal container. For general purposes, you should use a squarish shape havan kund. The size of Havankund should be 9" X 9" X 9" or 15" X 15" X 15" .

    You should perform Guru Poojan before performing Havan. You should also chant at least 4 rosary rounds of Guru Mantra. Then, you should perform Panchopchaar poojan (worship) of the Sadhana Yantra & photo of deity with Snaan( bathe), Tilak (mark on forehead), Pushp (flowers), Dhoop (incense), deep (light) etc.

    Tarpan should be done for 1250 (10% of Hawan) mantra chantings. You should suffix the deity's mantra (which you chanted 1.25 lakh times) with the word "Tarpayaami". With each chanting of the mantra, you should offer a mixture of milk & water on either Yantra or Idol.

    Maarjam should be done for 125 (10% of Tarpan) mantra chantings. You should suffix the deity's mantra (which you chanted 1.25 lakh times) with the word "Maarjyaami". With each chanting of the mantra, you should offer a mixture of milk & water on either Yantra or Idol.

    It is recommended to perform Havan, Tarpan & Maarjan after completion of Anusthaan. However, if, you are unable to perform Havan for any reason then you may chant an additional 125 malas (rosary rounds) of the deity's mantra as a substitute by taking a sankalp.

    You should mention in the sankalp that - "I am chanting 125 rosary rounds of the mantra as the Havan Poornaahuti." You should perform Guru Poojan and chant 4 rosary rounds of Guru Mantra before starting these 125 rosary rounds.

    After completion of 125 rosary rounds or havan/yagya, you should do the following :

    a. Chant one rosary round of Guru Mantra

    b. Mentally seek forgiveness from revered Gurudev for the mistakes (known or unknown) which you might have committed during Mantra chanting and request for His Aashirvaad and blessings.

    Similarly for Tarpan, you may chant additional 12 rosary rounds & for Maarjan additional 3 rosary rounds.

    You should mentally pray and meditate on the form of revered Gurudev before starting the Mantra chanting. You should also mentally take permission from pujya Gurudev before starting the Mantra chanting and request for His blessings & Aashirwaad to obtain success.

    After the completion of Mantra chanting, you should mentally seek forgiveness from revered Gurudev for the mistakes (known or unknown) which you might have committed during Mantra chanting and request for His Aashirvaad and blessings.

    If you are a woman, you should stop the Anusthaan/Sadhana during the monthly periods, and restart it after taking bath on completion of periods (after 5 days).

    If you feel that you need to go somewhere which might lead to an interruption, then you should first finish that task, and perform Anushtaan with Sankalp later. In the meantime, you may chant the Mantra given to you by Diksha using the mala.

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  30. What are the Five components of "Panchopchaar Poojan"?

    The Five components of "Panchopchaar Poojan" are snaan (bathe with water), tilak (mark on deity's forehead or yantra with saffron/vermilion paste), pushp (flowers), dhoop (incense) and deep (ghee or oil lamp).

    Full details and Mantras for each of these components are provided in Sadhana : The Right Way article.

    For marking tilak, a small paste is made by mixing saffron or vermilion with water.

    Detailed procedure for Panchopchaar poojan is described in Deinik Sadhana Vidhi and Tantrokt Guru Poojan books authored by Param Pujaniya Gurudev.

    However, individual specific items for each Sadhana are different eg. some sadhanas require only ghee lamp, others require oil lamp of a specific oil. some require a specific type of flower. The item for marking tilak is specific to each Sadhana. Please read the actual Sadhana Procedure for full details.

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  31. What are the English names for the ten directions?

    The English names for the ten directions are -

    "Poorv Disha" means East Direction

    "Ishaan Disha" means North-East Direction

    "Uttar Disha" means North Direction

    "Vayavaye Disha" means North-West Direction

    "Paschim Disha" means West Direction

    "Neikratya Disha" means South-West Direction

    "Dakshin Disha" means South Direction

    "Aagneya Disha" means South-East Direction

    "Aakash Disha" means Up (towards Sky) Direction

    "Paataal Disha" means Down (below ground) Direction

    The Disha-bandh (Protection) is done by throwing rice and/or water in all these directions while chanting the appropriate Mantra.

    The sugggested order for disha bandhan is - East, West, North, South, South-East, South-West, North-East, North-West, Upwards and downwards.

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  32. What is Tilak?

    "Tilak" means making a mark with kumkum(vermillion)/ chandan(sandalwood) etc. You need to mix the required article (kumkum/chandan/etc.) with water to make a thin paste and then mark with it. Depending on the Sadhana rules, you might need to make a mark (do Tilak) either on Yantra , Gutika or other Sadhana articles. You might also need to make a mark on the forehead of the deity / Revered Gurudevís photograph. Or, you might have to make it on your own forehead. A major Kundalini Chakra (Energy Center) is present on the forehead and performing a "Tilak" energises it.


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