Meditation with bija mantras – Ucchara and Japa Yoga
Ucchara – the secret meditation with mantras – seed or bija-mantras: technique and benefits
Ucchara is a simple, effective way to achieve two considerable benefits:
1. Amplification in our being of an aptitude / ability with the help of a key, which is the mantra-seed or the bija-mantra.
We choose this ability/ability from the infinity of the capacities that a man can have, beneficial or malevolent.
2. Another benefit is the ultimate spiritual awakening.
There are 2 types of mantras:
- Seed-mantras that are simple words, consisting of a syllable, of two, less often out of three, which, using them in a special way, allow us to develop in ourselves a certain skill and only that
- Longer mantras, which mean something in a particular language and which are usually devotional mantras (they represent a message with a devotional meaning)
The vocal or mental repetition of mantras is called japa yoga.
The repetition of long mantras, called japa yoga, is a completely different technique than working with seed mantras, which has efficiency through other mechanisms.
Ucchara or mantra-seed meditation/bija-mantras is a practice that resembles code-machine programming.
That is, it is a secret process that goes directly into the intimacy of the way our mind is built and can have great efficiency.
The main problem in working with short mantras is to achieve efficiency or mantra virya in working with that mantra.
And that’s why “knowing how”, is important.
Practice leads to achieving results when we have the opportunity to act in the intimacy of the process of consciousness.
We rely for this on a secret knowledge of the universal logos.
The method called ucchara requires training from a competent person.
It must master not only information relating to:
- which is the secret mantra that can be used efficiently,
- but also on how to achieve efficiency in working with bija-mantras.
This is not simple if you do not understand the method well. Otherwise, it’s simple.
The method has the ability to “charge” the practitioner’s being with the energy of this mantra, this is not mandatory, but being of great help.
This is because it can increase our efficiency at first (we can save perhaps a year of hard practice, receiving impregnation with the energy of the mantra).
But surely he can also do himself, without this impulse, but he benefits from training.
Ucchara or meditation with short mantras is a technique by which you can achieve 2 things:
- The ultimate spiritual realization, which occurs, however, when the intensity of the skill we obtain by working with the mantra, is very high; when the intensity increases a lot, at the end we find that there is even the complete, apotheotic spiritual awakening.
Up to this level, we already receive a gift of practice, namely the aptitude / power / ability corresponding to the mantra
Depending on the mantra, the benefits can be different and multiple. We will not use mantras that confer evil skills or that violate the free will of some people.
The skills that we can obtain, can have the following nature:
- Skills that have a refined, spiritual nature and help us on our way to spiritual awakening
- Skills that are neutral do not help us but do not hinder us in spiritual evolution (they can hinder us from the perspective that we are dealing with something neutral, instead of cultivating something that could help us)
- Skills that have a bivalent nature, depending on the way in which man relates to them and in which he acts: they can be human skills/feelings that can help us evolve spiritually even accelerated and the same skills lived in another way, can determine us to fall spiritually
Ex. 1: sexual energy or amorous experiences, can help us evolve spiritually in a flash or can make us fall spiritually acccelerate
Ex. 2: the joy of eating can make us evolve spiritually if we live it in a proper/wise way as Adya Tantra teaches us, or it can make us fall spiritually
There are also experiences that stimulate us to fall spiritually: the inferior experiences that are incriminated by all the spiritual masters and by all the authentic spiritual paths (attachment, envy, jealousy, malice, anger)
All these skills / feelings (even the lower ones), if we live them with intensity, at their end can give us spiritual realization.
The inferior aptitudes (the evil powers) that harm us or allow us to do harm are of such a nature that, even if it is true that by living them with intensity we achieve spiritual realization, yet this method is very little effective or almost impossible to apply.
This is because the man who would take such a path would most likely not go all the way.
Effects in working with mantras:
- it amplifies us in our being for example, the state of sacred
- it connects us with different facets of the infinite within us
- puts us in touch with God
- generates a permanent spontaneous harmonization of the very whole being
- produces a harmonization of the affections, of the meanings, of the values within us
- generates a harmonization of thoughts, feelings, perceptions, sensations
- it produces a harmonization of the physical body, which is becoming healthier and healthier.
Such mantras can generate a spiritual field that influences around the meditator, spontaneously and not forced, even from a distance.
Violence, antisocial deeds, actions based on malice, envy or lack of common sense can decrease or disappear.
There is a spontaneous tendency towards the good, towards the authentic and an easier understanding of what is good.
It’s not just ucchara that has these effects; there are other types of meditation that can generate a spiritual field.
They can influence a village, a neighborhood, a city, a country or even a planet for the better, without meaning the violation of free will.
They generate a beneficial field that can help people who interact with that field to more easily orient themselves to the good in them.
A comparison between ucchara, or mantra-seed meditation (short mantras) and the fundamental meditation containing Atma vichara or vipassana, would be this:
Φ Ucchara allows us both spiritual realization and the development of a certain skill; ucchara is unbeatable in this respect, which is why it is also used.
Φ Fundamental meditation allows us to get closer to the inner source, but it does not allow the choice of a certain skill and its amplification. However, sometimes this is possible, by simply reporting or evocation.
Fundamental meditation leads us directly to the spiritual realization, to the spiritual awakening, to the realization of the leap from ignorance to knowledge, from the passerby to the incorruptible, from the finite to the infinite. This confers the same benefits of harmonization, but will bring directly to spiritual realization.
At the same time, any experience we have is infused with depth and spirituality.
What technique can we use?
We do this according to the circumstances and our skills.
We may fall so in love with fundamental meditation, because:
> we easily achieve achievement, mental and physical well-being
> we improve our nervous system, our body health, we react much better to pressure or stress
> anxiety disappears and amazing stability appears, the joy of living, non-dual knowledge and happiness
> removes depression, insomnia, addictions of any kind
> lower trends disappear
For these things and for others, generally on a mental level, fundamental meditation is a very direct and appreciated path.
Fundamental meditation means something by itself, to us: everything we do there has a meaning.
Ucchara or bija-mantra meditation has no meaning at first,
it acquires meanings through the ability that grows within us and that manifests itself more and more intensely.
That is why some people are a little disconcerted: to work with a mantra that, for the time being, does not have an obvious meaning,
or to practice a method that already gives them a meaning from the very beginning?
So what technique to work with?
Answer: with both, especially since they support each other, so they both push us in the same direction and ease each other through their practice. In conclusion, we work with both techniques.