By Swami Harshananda
Mantrasiddhi literally means ‘the potency of the mantra being fully roused’.
Though a mantra received from a qualified guru in the traditional manner has its potency, this has to be fully roused to make it effective in the practical field. One of the methods is puraścaraṇa. Sometimes, this process of puraścaraṇa may have to be repeated two times more. If the power is not roused even after this, then the sādhaka or the spiritual aspirant, under the direct guidance of the guru, has to take to the seven-fold procedure starting with brāhmaṇa and ending with dāhana.
This procedure has to be directly learnt and practiced under the guidance of an adept in the field. A simple method suggested by some of the purāṇas is ‘akṣara-lakṣa-japa’. It is the same as repeating the mantra as many lakhs of times as there are letters in the mantra. For instance, to get mantrasiddhi in the six-lettered mantra, ‘Ohm namaś- śivāya,’ one has to repeat it 6 lakh times.
- Mantrayogasamhitā 67
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore