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SECTION B. HOLY NAME
THE GLORIES OF THE VAISNAVA MANTRA
1. One who has received the Vaishnava mantra, the king of all mantras, by the mercy of the spiritual master attains all opulence and goes to the supreme abode of Shri Vishnu by chanting that mantra. Everyone is not fortunate enough to chant the Vaishnava mantra. Only one who has performed great austerities and acquired a huge amount of piety for a thousand years is fortunate enough to chant the Vaishnava mantra. The Vaishnava Tantra says, "One who chants the Vaishnava mantra, whoever he sees with his eyes and touches with his feet immediately become free from great fear."
THE PROCEDURE FOR CHANTING MANTRA IN JAPA MALA
1. The Nrsingha Purana states that japa is of three kinds: vacik, upamsu and manasa.
2. When the mantra is chanted loudly it is called vacik. When it is chanted softly with only the lips vibrating and the sound being heard only by the chanter, that is called upamsu. And when one chants by moving from one syllable to another, thinking about their meanings by his intelligence, that is called manasa japa.
3. The Varaha Purana says there are three kinds of malas. The mala with 108 beads is the best; the one with fifty beads is mediocre, and the one with twenty five beads is inferior.
4. The mala made from tulasi wood fulfills all desires.
5. The Gautamiya Tantra says that tulasi mala gives liberation very quickly.
6. At the time of chanting one should not touch the mala with his index finger and he should not shake the mala or drop the mala from his hand.
7. One should not touch the mala with his left hand, nor should he drop the mala from his hand at the time of chanting.
8. When one is not chanting on the mala, he should keep it
in a safe place after worshipping.