Mantra Pronunciation and its importance : The science of Mantra has originated from the word (shabda) Brahman. The energy of a mantra lies in its pronunciation. That energy is manifested from frequencies generated in the atmosphere by the sound vibrations that are generated through its chanting.
A purashcharan, that is, the worship of a deity performed with a tantra, mantra and chanting (japa) and the prescribed rituals are done to enable the mantra to give the expected results, before commencing the chanting of the mantra.
Meditation and Chanting – Meditation [superconscious state (samadhi)] is not continuous but chanting can occur continuously. In order to blend with The Infinite Principle continuous spiritual practice is essential.
The japamala (rosary) usually consists of 108 beads in addition to the merubead. The four parts (charans) of each of the twenty-seven lunar asterisms (nakshatras) that is 27 x 4 equals one hundred and eight. These are represented by 108 beads in the mala.