I received a question about the use of mantra in meditating and why we do this.
Many people do not fully understand what yogic meditation taught in the Vedas and passed down by authentic lineages of self-realized teachers really is. Meditation is not really the activity of stilling the mind or emptying it of material thought, those are actually pre-meditation exercises practiced as Pratyahara and Dhāraṇā in the eight limbs of yoga.
Meditation is the absorption in transcendence. The easiest and most effective way to do that is to engage the mind and senses in Mantra Meditation.
This is a playlist with step-by-step guidance on how to practice different types of Mantra Meditation such as; Mantra with breath, Kirtan, and Japa meditation. There are also a number of guided meditations to help build a personal practice – LINK