Japa Yoga is a form of Yoga which uses the transforming qualities of sound on all planes of creation. The primordial sound is here the Shabda or Pranava or Nada, which is a theme of several Upanishads like the Nada Bindu Upanishad.
The tantric sadhanas developed a multitude of longer mantras and combinations of mantras for repetition, also with a mala or during meditations and contemplations. Such mantras are known as sahasranamavalis of deities (ishta devatas).
Well known mantras are 'Om namaha Shivaya' and 'Om Nama bhagavate(vasudevaya)' .
Mantras of Sri Vidya often end with '..hrim' like ' ka-e-ī-la-hrīṁ ' . Here the Guru initiates his disciple into a mantra japa called Pañchadaśī mantra or any other mantra of his choice.
The highest form of Japa is the Nada-meditation as practiced in Nada-Yoga and in Yoganadas Kriya-Yoga.
== Literature ==
- Sivananda : Practice of Japa - Yoga
- Sivananda : Japa - Yoga
- Krishnanada : Yoga meditation and Japa Sadhana
== Weblinks ==
- Japa-Yoga with Japa- or Mantra - Meditation
- Sri Mahavarahi japa mantra
- A site with plenty of (also doubtful) mantras