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Procedure for doing Japa

Generally Japas are done by people without Nyasa. When you get Upadeśa of a Japa with Nyasa, you have to continue to do so. My question is
(1) Is nyasa important to do Japa?
(2) Prelude calls for taking head bath and do Japa. Is it acceptable to do Japa without taking head bath i.e., taking bath below neck./wiping the body with wet cloth and applying viboothy/Naamam/Gopichanthanam etc.
(3) Sometimes, due to inability to take bath, people wipe the whole body with wet cloth. Old age people and just recovered from sickness & cold weather come on the way to take full bath. On such occasions, what is the advice to do Japa?
 

kgopalan

Well-known member
nyasa is important to do mantra japa. mantra japa must be done in sitting posture only. if the old maan, and people in convalescence period they must do japa according to the will power and strength of that individual the japa time will vary. In these times it is adjustable .
 
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bhagirathi

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Thank you . Kindly advise for point No. 2. I am 88 years old with comorbidities and unable to take head bath sometimes. The weather is also cold here in Bangalore prohibiting me to take head bath even with hot water. Since I had Upadeśa for Ganapathy Mantra, I am unable to do with Nyasa. What shall I do on such occasions? Can I do Sankalpam as "laghu kramena bina Nyasena cha karishye" and then recite Dhyana Slokam, mantra japam and punar Dhyana Slokam and then Kayanavacha etc. Unfortunately my upadesa guru is no more and I did not also get this clarification from him.
Awaiting your reply.
 

kgopalan

Well-known member
utter on a cow ear the ganesha mantra.then afterwards you need not do ganesha mantra japam. tell rama, krishna, govindha, achyutha . do rama japam.
 
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bhagirathi

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Gopalan sir, Thank you. In this context, there is another point I wish to clarify.
Our Vaadhyar says that you can do Sandhyavandanam even without taking bath since it is a Nithya karma. As instructed, some days I wipe the body with cloth after dipping in hot water, change the clothes, apply Viboothy and carry on the Sandhyavandanam except in those days I suffer from fever. Of course on these days I just could not do Sandhyavandanam. Once the fever goes away, I do Sandhyavandanam as stated above. Is it acceptable? I have also heard that the son(s)/shishya (to whom brahmopadesham given by me) can do Gayathri Japa and offer it to me. Is it correct information? Is there any Prayaschittam to be done before restarting Sandhyavandanam. Nowadays how do I expect from my son/shishya to do this since they themselves don't do regularly? Sorrowful state of affair.
Sorry for bothering you.
 
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