How does chanting improve concentration of mind?
‘Introversion and introspection are both quite necessary for the development of positive qualities within oneself. The process of chanting favourably facilitates the development of both these factors. Chanting in the true sense is not really possible without becoming introverted. If one wishes to observe whether chanting is going on in the mind, it is essential to become introverted. The mind which wanders due to its inherent tendency does not concentrate on chanting for long. Once this is realised it has to be brought back to chanting. In this process of turning it back one becomes aware of the thoughts or defects which prompted the mind to wander. This itself is introspection. Click here to read more.
1. Benefits of chanting according to psychology
- 1.1 As a therapy in psychiatric illnesses
- 1.2 Introversion and introspection
- 1.3 Developing a liking for chanting and purification of the subconscious mind
- 1.4 Reduction of impressions in the intellect centre as well as the subconscious mind
- 1.5 Increase in concentration
- 1.6 The benefits are similar to those obtained in silence (moun)
- 1.7 The physical benefits resulting from tranquility of the mind
2. Benefits of chanting according to the science of Spirituality
- 2.1 As a therapy
- 2.2 The worldly (sakām) and non-worldly (nishkām) motives
- 2.3 The perfect spiritual practice
- 2.4 Purification of speech
- 2.5 Internal purification
- 2.6 Development of an introverted attitude
- 2.7 Development of devotion and faith
- 2.8 Appeasement of the Deities
- 2.9 Chanting with and without worldly expectation and merits and sins
- 2.10 A non-action (akarma karma)
- 2.11 Overcoming destiny
- 2.12 Acquisition of supernatural powers (siddhis)
- 2.13 Dissolution of the ego
- 2.14 Achieving non-duality (advait)
- 2.15 Benefits even after death
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