What To Chant In Yoga How Patanjali Sutra 27, 28

Chanting of a Holy Name increases the efficacy of Meditation in Yoga.

OM, The Prnava

The more senses the senses are involved better the concentration would be.

There is one-act when all the senses are focussed on a single activity.

It is sex.

It is instinctive.

In other activities, one has to attempt to focus the senses .

In Meditation, eyes are focussed on the tip of the nose(Bhagavad Gita), later the eyes may remain closed.

Along with this’, during Pranayama, breathing enables the focussing of the function of the Nose.

Now three more senses, namely the whole body, mouth and ear remain to be focussed .

Ears and Mouth can be made to focus by chanting.

Rars are attuned to the our voice automatically.

Once our voice is heard the Mind is directed towards it.

Panjali proses Chanting.

Chanting means, in its real sense in Indian Philosophy, a sound which has profound psychological and universal attribute.

The fundamental unit of sound in speech is Letters.

Letters raise from three parts of the Human Body.

They are .

The Mouth.

The Throat and

The Bottom of the Stomach.

The letters that represent these are,

A, Short,

U, Short and


These three letters together constitute the primordial sound of the Universe.


If one were to listen to the sound in the conch by closing one ear is this.

Listen to the vibration sound of the Earth, and The Galaxies , you would hear it; I have posted this under Astrophysics.

This OM or Pranava is to be chanted during Yoga.

The chanting is of three types.

Holy chanting is called ‘Japa

The first method of chanting is saying the Om aloud.

The second is saying this without sound emanating from the mouth, only the lips move.

The best is the one where the lips also do not move, the OM is chanted in the mind.

To reach the last step mentioned, one has to go through the first two steps.

In the first two steps, the ears and the mouth are engaged and they focus on the OM.

In the third, as the mind is repeating this word, it is also engaged, thus diverting it from the external objects.

In this context, I would like to state that those who do the Lalita Shasranma Parayana or The Soundarya Lahari regularly, they would, after some time some of the slokas or the Matnras keep running in the Mind with out your effort, while you are going about your daily work.

Do not worry.

You do not need a Psychiatrist.

It is the effect of these Mantras and it shows you are evolving and leave it at that.

Now to Yoga Sutra 27 and 28 of Patanjali.

Patanjali Yoga Sutra
Yoga Sutra 27,28

“Tasya Vachakah, Pranavah’

Tasya – His (God’s) [name]
Vacakaha –sounds like or is expressed by
Pranavaha– the syllable AUM

Patanjali Yoga Sutra 28.
Patanjali Yoga Sutra 28.

Taj – that [AUM]

Japah – quiet repetition

Tat – that [AUM]

Artha – goal, purpose

Bhavanam – beauty experienced with humility and reverence (bha = splendor, va=reverence,nam=humility.

It is important to understand the meaning of AUM while chanting.



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