First dealing with uninitiated persons.
The mantra you are talking about is a Vedic mantra. Can anyone chant it without initiation?
The answer is usually NO as per scriptures. Without Vedic initiation (Upanayana) one must not chant any Vedic mantras.
Manu Smriti 2.172. (He who has not been initiated) should not
pronounce (any) Vedic text excepting (...
It is difficult to understand the meaning of this verse when you pull it out of context. When reading this verse one needs to read the other verses starting with verse 15 and ending with verse 28.
More specifically, verses 24 and 25 answer verse 23. verse 24 reads (Swami Gambhirananda translator):
I indeed am the enjoyer as also the Lord of all ...
Yoga Sutra of Patanjali gives methods of achieving Siddhi (4.1):
जन्मौषधिमन्त्रतप: समाधिजा: सिद्धय:॥ १॥
"The Siddhis (powers) are attained by birth, chemical
means, power of words, mortification or
Here is Swami Vivekanandas commentary on this verse.
Sometimes a man is born ...
Why is it required for it to be actually effective for the reciter?
The reason is - "the scriptures say so". That Mantra Japa is fruitful only if the Mantra is Guru-given and otherwise it is not.
For example, Lord Shiva says:
PAramparyAgamAmnAyam mantra AchArAdikam priye | Sarvam
gurumukhAllabdham saphalam syAnna chAnyathA ||
Worship others is not unauthorize. It is a big system and other gods are also part of the system.
There is a word "Ramsification" means subdivisions of a big system.
Lord Vishnu holds Rajas nature and he knows how to tackle Arjuna in Mahabharata so he told him that only worship me.
Lord Vishnu also knew other people's karma and also the fate of the war ...
"Here Bhagvan clearly says worshiping other gods is wrong or is an unauthorized manner."
Krishna doesn't say that. He just says that the method is not proper, but the worship does pay its due by reaching to him indirectly. Here is the correct translation:
BG 9.23 — The devotees of other DevatAs worshiping (them) full of faith, they also worship "Me" only ...
Om is a Mantra, so chanting Om constitutes Mantra Japa. Other names for it are Pranava Mantra, TAraka Mantra etc.
Om represents the Adi Dvani (primordial sound) and is an Ekakshara Bija Mantra (mono-syllabled seed Mantra). It also represents the Brahman in the MAntrik level.
EkAkshare tathA kute traipure mantra nAyike | Shtri datte swapna
lavdhe cha ...
The answer to this question lies more within the realm of the puranas and the words of saints rather than in sruti. The great saint Swami Ramdas (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Ramdas) was a great devotee of Sri Rama and chanting Ram Nam. Swami Ramdas said (Thus Speaks Ramdas):
All names of God are great and powerful. But Ram Nam has a value all its ...
There are thousands of Mantras in the Vedas, but the kind of Mantras you are looking for are not to be found in them.
Agamas or Tantras have plenty of them.
Bu for the Tantric Mantras Guru Diksha is required.
Lord Shiva says:
TasmAt siddhantam samprApya sampradAyAdihetubhih |
AntarenopodeshtAram mantrAh syur nishphalA yatah ||
KulArnava Tantram ...
There are no such mantras. All mantras require initiation from a recognized Parampara, as chapter 10 of the Garga Samhita says:
Vamana, Brahma, Ananta Sesha and Sanaka Kumara will appear as brahmanas by the order of Visnu, for the preservation of eternal righteousness in kali yuga. Visnu Swami, Madhvacarya, Ramanuja and Nimbaditya will appear respectively ...
Based on different interpretation, it can be understood differently.
As per hindu tradition, we can say that there are so many gods and damons.
Even though people worship lots of gods and damons, ultimately these gods get energy/resource from ultimate Brahman. Hence even though they worship any form/god, it goes to same ultimate Brahman. This is gist of it.
There are in fact more than one question in your question viz:
1.How many types of Siddhis are there?
2)How to achieve them?
3)What is Mantra Siddhi & how to achieve it?
How many types of Siddhis are there?
The Linga Purana describes the primary Siddhis as follows
A successful Yoga Practitioner is endowed with ‘Dasha Siddhis’viz.
The word mantra in Sanskrit means ‘that which protects by being meditated upon’ (mananAt trAyate iti mantrah).
Mantra can contain bijAksharAs and name of the deity.
Example: chAmundA mantra ॐ ऐं ह्रीं क्लीं चामुण्डायै विच्चे।
Ganapati mantra : ॐ Gam Ganapataye Namaha
or may contain words like gAyatri mantra:
ॐ भूर् भुवः स्वः ।
The full process of Japa in short has the following steps:
Taking the Sankalpa (stating the purpose of Japa and revealing to the World that you will be doing the Japa)
Performing Rishi-Adi Nyasas ( 6 limbs of a mantra to be planted at their respective places on our body)
Doing Kara Nyasa and Anga Nyasa (for invoking divinity in our own body and for making ...
In the book, Hindu Dharma: The Universal Way of Life §, Swami Chandrasekarendra Saraswati cautions these japas and homas don't work always:
It may be that sometimes the Varuna japa does not succeed in bringing rains. But this is no reason why all mantras should be rejected outright as of no value. Sick people die even after the regular administration of ...
The highest ideal of Namasmarana might well be the popular phrase from the scriptures :
Sarvadaa Sarvakaleshu Sarvatra Harichintanam
The Mind's involvement :
In the Gita, Arjuna asks Krishna, about the wavering of the mind. Krishna says that repeated practice (Abhyasa) and dispassion (Vairagya) are the tools by which to conquer it.
The Current Sringeri Peethadhipati Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Ananta Vibhushita Bharati Teertha Mahaswami says in his Anugraha Bhashanam.
The Shastras prescribe two pakshas: Mukhya Paksham and Gouna Paksham
To do 1008 Gayatri Japam is Mukhya Paksham. People used to do this for
3 kaalas in the olden days.
If there is not sufficient time, then ...
The Question you raised falls back to fundamentals of Karma Siddantha. The Answer is Yes and No. prarabdha is the result of you past karma which is bound to give a result in certain way. I would like to start with second question,Every deed is independent and we cannot neutralize bad deeds with good deeds (basic of karma siddantha). Coming to Prarabdha, yes ...
From Om Viṣṇupada A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami:
According to the rules and regulations of fruitive activities, there is a need to offer periodical food and water to the forefathers of the family. This offering is performed by worship of Viṣṇu, because eating the remnants of food offered to Viṣṇu can deliver one from all kinds of sinful actions. Sometimes the ...
You can probably find similar references/claims in other sastras, with naam japa destroying sinful reactions or cleaning karma and so on. See some here and here. You can find them in other Vedic literature as well.
What's also considered important to understand though, a caveat if you will, is that the effect may not be immediate, depending on how the japa ...
Here is one instance where Varuna Japa(similar to Parjanya Japa) brought rain.
In his book when I saw Tirupati Balaji, P.V.R.K Prasad says once when there was extreme water scarcity in Tirupati, all the ponds, lakes and wells were empty and the main water source of Tirupati temple, Gogarbham reservoir was also emptied. So, then excecitive officer of the ...
As per this page the minimum number of chants is 3 & the other permisible numbers are 11,21,27 & 54.So,in particular, 60 is not a valid japa count number .
For mantra reciting, a lot depends on the type of mantra you intend to
recite and the purpose. Some people recite some mantras daily. It is
up to their convenience. The normal number of ...