Prayer and Worship in Modern Life
Keywords:Prayer, mantrajapa, Mantras, Modern Life
This is a translated version of the Malayalam book titled “Manthra japavum prarthanayum aadhunika jeevithathil” (Importance of prayer and mantra chanting in modern life) written by Chemboli Sreenivasan. The translation is done by Dr. Chithra S. and Dr. Aruchamy. S.
The book depicts the importance and benefits of prayer and mantra chanting (mantrajapa) in the context of modern life. It elaborates on the in-depth meaning of different mantras in Hindu beliefs and different methods available for practicing mantrajapa. The categories of mantra depending on the type of Deity worshipped such as Saiva, Vaishnava, Devi etc. and the kinds of mantralike Ekakosha, Dwayakosha etc based on the number of spells in name (nama) are also explained.
Further it attempts to explain the ways in which one can practice mantrajapa i.e. either by chanting loudly or by practicing in silence/mind chanting or by repeatedly writing the mantra (likhithajapa) and the various changes occurring in an individual while chanting mantra. This book which is written based on the concepts of the Bhakthoyoga in Bharatheeya literature explains the different challenges and obstacles one face while practicing mantra in daily life and the ways through which one can overcome these hurdles.
Prof. N E Muthuswamy who was a famous spiritual writer and a teacher has provided a perfect introduction to the book stating that the book would be a great asset to all the readers who wants to know the relevance of mantrajapa i achieving a peaceful life.
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