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Namaskar.

I read an article that says we should never chant any mantra unless we receive Guru initiation, including Hanuman Chalisa. In case of mispronounciation, there might be deva dosha and the wrong pronunciation will feed negative entities which is the same as inviting them to our place.

I don't know Sanskrit. Any Chanting I do, I try listening to the YouTube video and follow. Mostly I chant stotrams, nama japa and Hanuman Chalisa.

As I do not have much knowledge in this, after reading the article I would like to stop the chanting. Instead would like to opt to listening to stotrams/mantra. Would like to know your thoughts if listening to them will have adverse effect mentioned above, the same as Chanting.

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    Relax chanting stotrams, naam japa or hanuman chalisa doesn't need any initiation, initiations are usually needed if you are doing some specific sadhanas using specific mantras coz every mantra has associated energies with it and that is why the pronunciation matters a lot and guru's guidance is must in that case. Stotrams are basically songs in praise of that specific deity. There is a sadhana app available where many mantras are available directly to end users given by Om Swami, try it out.
    – Just_Do_It
    Apr 4 at 12:18

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Let's start with what Vedas have to say:

अस्त्रा नीलशिखण्डेन सहस्राक्षेण वाजिना । रुद्रेणार्धकघातिना तेन मा सम् अरामहि ॥11.2.7 Oh Rudra (रुद्र), with powerful/swift/impetuous (वाजिना ) mighty weapons (अस्त्र), with dark hair and chest (शिखण्ड) (or) Bluish-Black turf ((नील +शिख) , thousand eyes (सहस्राक्ष ) (or) dwelling in thousand places (सहस्र + क्षेण ), and inflictor/slayer (घातिन्) of Ardhaka (अर्धक), in this way (तेन ) one who alters (altering) and is improper (अराम ) chants the mantras (अर्धक)

So who ever told you about Mantra being given over by a Guru is correct. Its called Mantropadesha. However, that only applies to Veda Mantras and some designated Tantric mantras. Why? because of Phonics.

But the same mantras can be recited as a japa (internal emulation) and not outside chant. So many Bhakti Sages converted the Mantra Sara (the essence of mantaras) into Stotram, Stuti, Dandakas, Pattikas and more. Why? so that a common man without the need of a Guru can reminisce the same essence in leisure. Adi Shankara has bestowed the world with a diverse list of magnificent hymns filled with mantrasara.

Finally, pooja has many upasharas (services) that start with Deepa (fire oil lamp) and ends with udvasana (fairwell). 16 services are recommended at home called the Shodashopachara Puja. Out of 16, 5 are primary, and Devi is called by a title called "Panchopacharini", these 5 are, Doopa- Incense, Deepa -oil lamp, Gandhya -Sandalwood paste, Pushpa -flowers, Naivedyam -edibles). Each upachara has a mantra associated with it. These mantras can be recited internally with no harm, why? because pooja depends on Bhavana. That is why Devi is called "Bhavana Mantra Santusaya namaha" meaning with just Bhavana She will be pleased.

There might not be any "bhavana" involved in listening unless its Shravanam (link) in the form of Pravachanam (listening to accounts of Ishvara as a discourse) or Kirtanam (devotional hymns). Among the Nava-vidha Bhakti (9 approaches to devotion), there is Shravanam (listening). So the reader must understand that the goal of Nava-Vidha bhakti is Bhavana. Without bhavana its like a Amazon Alexa or Hello-Google device listening to random noise.

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  • In which part of your answer, it is answering this question: " Would like to know your thoughts if listening to them will have adverse effect mentioned above, the same as Chanting." ??
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Apr 5 at 11:50
  • @TheLittleNaruto there might not be any "bhavana" involved in listening unless its Shravanam in the form of Pravachanam or Kirtanam. Among the Nava-vidha Bhakti. There is Shravanam (listening). So the reader must understand that the goal of Nava-Vidha bhakti is Bhavana. That is why I emphasized on it so much. Ears are always open, but Adi Shankara and other have been very critical about not allowing non-brahmins to listening to Vedic chants, such people would even get incacerated. So I cant write all that and discourage people in the name of 'QUOTES', At the end its all Bhavana. Apr 5 at 15:13

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