Mantra Meditation for Creating Abundance Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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The author says to do a 40 day discipline with the minimum 108 repetitions, notice the word minimum.
108 repetitions will yield mediocre results at best, and no results at worst. I have done quite a few mantra disciplines and doing 108 a day in most cases is not going to cut it.
Think about it, what if you did the absolute minimum in any given task in regular life, would you expect maximum results? Use your logic, if you did the absolute minimum in school you probably won't get into college even though you went to school EVERYDAY! If you did the absolute minimum in your career you probably won't get promoted or it would take much longer than it should had you had worked harder and tried your best. What if you wanted to get in good shape and you did the absolute minimum amount of exercise and ate the minimum amount of healthy food, would you expect spectacular results!? OF COURSE NOT, only a fool would think other wise!
This is EXACTLY the same with mantra disciplines.
According to traditional texts on sanskrit disciplines in order to get a mantra to work best there are 2 ways.
One is to receive the mantra from a guru or pundit. The reason for this is that those who have unwrapped the power of a mantra through many repetitions achieve something called mantra siddhi. This means that they have attained some measure of power and proficiency with the mantra. At this point, they may give a mantra to others as an empowerment, meaning that the recipient will achieve results faster than doing it without having received it without power. This is very similar to receiving shaktipat from a guru or siddha, or being born into a rich family. You have to work A LOT less harder to get results.
The second option where most of us fall in is to attain mantra siddhi ourselves since most of us here in the states to not have access to a fully trained pundit or guru. According to traditional sanskrit texts as a general rule the minimum number to achieve mantra siddhi is 125,000 repetitions for any mantra.
I would suggest that you do a 120 day discipline if you are really in a bad situation. Your goal should be to unpack the power of the mantra and attain mantra siddhi. If you do about 10 malas a day for 120 days that's 129,600 malas, enough to attain mantra siddhi for most mantras. This level of devotion has ALWAYS yielded results for me usually before the discipline is completed.
They don't call it bhakti (devotional) yoga for nothing, it takes devotion to truly make it work.
If you are lazy my last suggestion is to get a lakshmi kubera yagya/homa. In a yagya a group of highly trained pundits with mantra siddhi will recite mantras on your behalf in an elaborate ritual. For this I would suggest going through a reputable group like Amrita Puja.
The moral of this story is if you do the minimum you will get the minimum.
Update: I completed the 40 days and felt more abundance coming into my life.
I will never doubt the power of the Universe.
I love Ashley-Farrand's personality and teaching style, but I didn't end up using the program on this CD in the order in which it was intended. It felt like too much for me, given my beginner status and my available time. So I picked out four mantras and tried a session on my own, without the CD, repeating them silently in my mind (which I learned from listening to the CD is the most powerful way) while counting 108 on the mala beads.
By doing it once I realized I probably would not stick to a 40-day discipline on my own. For me, it would have been too hard to skip around on the CD to use my chosen tracks. Some of the mantras are lumped together into one track in a way that didn't work for me, which is the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
I looked on Amazon again for a solution and found Mantras for Precarious Times by Deva Premal. Because she chants each mantra 108 times, and because her album contained several of the mantras I had already chosen from Ashley-Farrand's CD, for me this was a wonderful way to immediately put what I had learned to good use.
At the end of each chanting session using the MP3s (I chant silently in my mind as I listen to her chanting on my headphones), I return to the Ashley-Farrand CD and listen to Track 12. Track 12 is a long prayer to Lakshmi for which the pronunciation of the Sanskrit is beyond me right now. But it's a powerful prayer and feels like an important part of my ritual. Ashley-Farrand explains its importance on his CD.
I feel huge respect for Thomas Ashley-Farrand. If you don't know much about him yet, time spent reading the full version of his Amazon bio (found next to his picture under "More About the Author" on the Healing Mantras product page) will blow you away; he was such an accomplished man and has contributed so much with his work. He's definitely the one to learn from for those of us in the Western world who are new to mantras.
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