People who have had Gurus must have always abused him on his face or on his back at least once. this is because whenever you would go to a Guru with different problems he would give you only one Mantra. You would get irritated thinking what kind of a fool is he and why is he making me a fool as well.- Ashok Mehta
Imagine if someone gets a Guru. You go to the Guru and tell him "Guruji, I want to be rich". Your Guruji says "okay, chant "Om Namaha Shivaay' 4 lac times.'' You immediately run back home and go to your room, sit on an Aasan facing any direction, using any Mala and you start chanting, and then you see that even after 1 hour you have only completed 21 rosaries of the Mantra. So you start chanting even faster, you keep a book near you to keep a record of the number of Malas you have completed. Then, that day you chant 50 Malas and then you get tired and think why not go down and Samosa or Vadapav or Chinese or such dangerously unhealthy food-stuff.
Then, you repeat this procedure on and on every day AND THEN...... 1 day you finally complete the 4 lac chants and call your Guru and say, ''Guruji, I have completed 4 lac chants. NOW WHEN AM I GOING TO GET THE RESULTS?"
Isn't this how a normal person does a Mantra Sadhana?
First thing is, if this is how you do a Sadhana, you will never get success in even a 1000 crore years.
When you don't even have devotion towards the particular God then how will you get success in worshiping that God?
In my article on Mantra Shastra rules 2nd part I had mentioned rules like Bhumi Shayyan, Homa, Tarpan, Marjan, etc. In it there was one addition made by myself and it isn't prescribed in any Mantra Sadhana rules. It was about Isht Dev's Stavas. Stavas means praise.
I myself have never done a proper and complete Mantra Sadhana. I have been a Hanuman Bhakt since the past 2 years and I only did Stotra Sadhanas. I had begun 2 Mantra Sadhanas. One didn't give me success but the other gave success. On the other hand, I have done lots of Stotra Sadhanas and they have always been successful and any day I would prefer a Stotra Sadhana instead of a Mantra Sadhana because Stotras are like praise verses of the Isht Dev while Mantras don't do that. What the point of getting something from God if you don't even have the devotion towards him.
If you look according to Shastra then there in no Mantra of the Hindu dharma as powerful as a Aghor Mantra which has been shared by me here-Most Powerful Shiva Mantra
But in reality there is a Mantra more powerful than this. In life that there is no Mantra as powerful in all the 14 Lokas and 3 Worlds as the Mantra spoken from your mouth in praise of your prefered deity.
If you don't believe me then today do Aarti at home and after the Aarti first praise God and while praising him keep your attention on God alone and not on the problems, after the praise tell God how he is the only one you can rely on in such a difficult period of time and how powerful he/she is and how easily she can remove your problems in a flash.
There is no powerful way to reach God as powerful as through selfless Bhakti. No Mantra or Stotra has the power which your affection towards God has. If this seems false or if you are going to say "what is he saying; I have been doing this since years, I never got the blessings of God."
For such people I will share my story- Till 2 years back I was an atheist and knew God was there but, I didn't want to worship him. I gave up on them. I hated Gods so much I wouldn't even sit in any Puja or Yagna done at home. In the second half of 2014 I was going through a very very rough time. I started going to temples hoping that maybe God will help me. But the damage was already done. My house is 14 kms away from the Siddhivinayak temple, Mumbai. I used to go every day to that temple walking. Sometimes barefoot and sometimes wearing slippers. It would take me 4-4.5 hours to reach there. But everyday I would bunk college and go to the temple walking in the hope that at least he would listen to me. In between, there was A Ghanteshwar Hanuman temple. It is a Hanuman temple made entirely of Gada and Ghanta. I used to go there too sometimes.
I once even went all the way up to the Babulnath Shivling temple in Mumbai. I had reached Marine Drive in 5 hours and I had still had to cover 3-4 kms more. after covering 2 kms more from Marine Drive, I began shivering and was unable to walk properly and I was again and again feeling like I am almost going to fall down due to lack of energy and stamina and nor did I have the money to eat anything, the only thing that I had was 5 Rupees,which I needed to catch the train back home or else I would have to walk back home again. I had gone to Babulnath walking only once. I had gone Siddhivinayak walking 20-25 times within 2 months.
A normal person would think that he must have definitely have got rid of his problems. The fact is that that nothing had changed even a bit. Maybe it was due to my hatred towards Gods.
Then, during those depressing days itself, I found a Hanuman Chalisa which had been kept in a locker for more than 3-4 years.. The interesting thing about this Chalisa is that I had found this small Chalisa in one of my school's empty classes in a pouch. It has been 7 years since that book is with me. So I saw that book and since childhood I had heard about the miracles of reciting the Hanuman Chalisa. So I too started chanting. I didn't follow any kind of rules for the recitation. I used to recite the Chalisa on the ground without even lighting the incense sticks that too for months. It is said that chanting anything on the ground is equal to going to Narak. Anyway, as I didn't know all this at that time, I kept on chanting and chanting and then my life changed.
Even when I had started reciting the Hanuman Chalisa, I still used to beg other Gods but no one listened. Out of all them, there was only Shri Hanuman who was not only helping me out of the depression but also bring prosperity in my life. I chanted the Hanuman Chalisa daily for just 4 months and my life became the complete opposite of what it was. In fact, during that time I was going through Shani Dosha and still I didn't feel even a little bit of its harmful effects, in fact I was at the epitome of success in my life at that time and that is the reason why I only worship Hanuman. It has been 2 years and every single day I have gone with a new wish to him and he has never left me empty handed after his Darshan. One thing is sure that no matter which God or Goddess is there with me Hanuman will always be there.
My purpose isn't to share my story but to share the power of Bhakti Yoga to you. Imagine that despite chanting the Hanuman Chalisa on ground, I got a successful life and lived a prosperous life due to his grace. When a person has this kind of fire within himself, when god is the only thing for him that is when he will get success in Sadhana.
I have seen lots of people from this site itself who chant each and every Mantra shared by me or Neel sir. As i mentioned by me in Dharma Shastra article part 2, you cannot chant whichever Mantra you want.