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The Four Stages of Mantra Practice #286
Restoring meaning to the mantra, thus wisdom, was the unenviable task that Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi faced when they embodied in this world in the 1800’s. For, the traditions of India had long since known that Shakti power lies in the word. The fact that it had been overlooked, then forgotten, was one of the reasons for the fall of true religion. This helpful wisdom chart describes how the practitioner of japa of the mantra becomes aware of deeper and deeper levels of Shakti power existing in the word, in all words — particularly in the bijams given by the illumined preceptor at the auspicious time of initiation.