Upasana ke Do Charan; Jap & Dhyan aur Gayatri Mahavigyan
There are very few rituals that are in vogue for worship of God. Devotees who subscribe to a variety of faiths have identified methods for paying obeisance to the Supreme Being. The vast mass of believers go on pilgrimage to holy places, offer prayers, read scriptures, perform prescribed rituals, carry out circumambulations, decorate holy places, make offerings as a token of faith, meditate and participate in mass prayers. Apart from the masses, there is a minuscule minority of genuine seekers of Truth for whom outward rituals are not of primary importance and who seek the presence of their Indwelling Divinity through inner means of concentration, contemplation and meditation.
Jap or repeated chanting of some scriptural text, Divine name or Mantra is indeed one of the most integral part of spiritual practices.
While performing Jap (repetitive chanting of Mantra or Name of God) while practicing spirituality, we try to remember That Supreme Being of whom one otherwise seldom thinks while involved in worldly matters. The repeated chanting of Lord's name in course of 'Jap' is for seeking divine help for upliftment from the abyss of moral degradation. Disconnection from the cosmic consciousness of Divinity reduces man to the lowly status of a humanoid animal or a humanoid insect.
In the realm of Indian spiritual literature, the well-known and most efficacious Mantra for Jap is the Gayatri Mantra Jaap. It has been designated as the 'Guru Mantra'. The Jap of Hindu Gayatri Mantra is extremely efficacious in refining the inner-self. It has earned the distinction of being the essence of the most ancient scriptures - the Vedas. In its words lie the seeds of celestial wisdom and science contained in the Vedas. Apart from helping in spiritual evolution, Gayatri Jap is also significant for material well-being. Around and behind the gross human body there are quite a few subtle energy centres known as Chakras, Granthis, having paranormal capabilities (such as telepathy, psychokinetics, clairvoyance... etc.). By activating these nuclei of energy, man can develop extra-sensory control over forces of nature. The ultimate product of the process of Sadhana (the exercise for controlling faculties of mind) is acquition of Siddhi (paranormal capabilities). Amongst the yogic exercises of Sadhana which fructify as extraordinary.