Guruji asked some children to write a small sanskrit sentence many times.
She told me it was likhita japa. Small children also need to be “doing” something and not just thinking.
japa is to repeat either mentally, or verbally a word or phrase or sentence, several times over.
Many people say some thing 3 times or 18 times or 108 times and so on.
My father-in-law and my maternal grandfather used to write Rama’s name in a book – the target was 1 crore times and they used to do some number everyday. It is called Rama koti. You get ruled books for that now, but they used any note book.
There was a time, when I tried doing horoscopes as a source of income, I even a wrote a little program for dasa calculations. At this time, I was deeply disturbed to see how much bad stuff goes on in the life of others, who really look fine on the surface. And I realised that with 9 grahas in 12 boxes (rasis/bhavas/ zodiac signs), you are bound to have blank bhavas. And more blank bhavas, if the grahas bunch together. Essentially no one is going to have it easy on all points and the easier they have it in one area the tougher it is going to be in another. I was very depressed and deeply disturbed that all these nice people were going to have bad times.
The only thing that helped me then was writing Rama श्री राम‘s name over and over in a book, before, during and after the casting of a horoscope. Then from a work by Varahamihira, I learnt that I did not have the proper temperament to be an astrologer and in the mean time, my father also asked me to stop it, seeing the negative effect that studying peoples’ horoscopes had on me. But I did learn the value of likhita japa!
Today, I write a page a day (approximately), on subject related to Ancient Indians and occasionally, modern pure souls too. This is not just my adhyayana (study), seva (service), but it is also my likhita japa. Knowledge (gnyana) destroys Karma, seva creates karma and the likhita japa makes me internally peaceful and happy, and it increases my atma balam.
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