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Hinduism - What Is Japa?


 (as in "muttering," "whispering") Individual recitation, generally the repeated utterance of a specific mantra or heavenly name(s), frequently with the use of a string of beads (mala) to execute a certain number of repetitions.

This kind of recitation is normally done as a private religious act, with just the reciter's voice heard and no other people present.

Japa is a Hindu practice that emphasizes the advantages of repeatedly chanting the holy name; such repeats are said to have eventual spiritual effects.

Japa is especially significant in the Gaudiya Vaishnavas sect, which was established by the Bengali saint Chaitanya and emphasizes public recitation of the holy name.

 


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