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== Mantra yoga ==
 
== Mantra yoga ==
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''Mantra yoga'' (like hatha yoga) is an adjunct to the principal forms of yoga. A [[mantra]] is a brief prayer that is given over and over again to develop the momentum of a particular virtue within the soul. The word ''mantra'' is taken from the Sanskrit, meaning “sacred counsel” or “formula.”
 
''Mantra yoga'' (like hatha yoga) is an adjunct to the principal forms of yoga. A [[mantra]] is a brief prayer that is given over and over again to develop the momentum of a particular virtue within the soul. The word ''mantra'' is taken from the Sanskrit, meaning “sacred counsel” or “formula.”
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Today in the West, many people have a difficult time meditating because their minds are so yin. They eat too much sugar and drink too many liquids like coffee and soft drinks, most of which have caffeine in them. These yin foods—and especially alcohol and recreational drugs—make it difficult to concentrate.  
 
Today in the West, many people have a difficult time meditating because their minds are so yin. They eat too much sugar and drink too many liquids like coffee and soft drinks, most of which have caffeine in them. These yin foods—and especially alcohol and recreational drugs—make it difficult to concentrate.  
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To compensate for this weakness, we give mantras during our meditation. The mantras help us focus on words and on word pictures and visualizations. As we meditate and give these mantras, we are becoming one with the object of our concentration. The mantra keeps the mind in line. This was the grand solution of [[Saint Germain]] for all of his disciples in the West.  
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To compensate for this weakness, we give mantras during our meditation. The mantras help us focus on words and on word pictures and visualizations. As we meditate and give these mantras, we are becoming one with the object of our concentration. The mantra keeps the mind in line. This was the grand solution of [[Saint Germain]] for all of his disciples in the West.
    
== The practice of yoga ==
 
== The practice of yoga ==

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