Sadhana for Forty Days
by Swami Sivananda
You will have to do Japa of Rama Mantra one lakh and twenty-five thousand times in the following manner for 40 days, at the rate of 3000 daily. During the last five days do 4000 daily. Get up at 4.00 a.m. Write down in a thin paper Rama Nama 3000 times. Then cut the paper into small pieces. Each piece will contain one Rama Nama. Then roll it with a small ball of Atta (wheat flour paste). Writing will take two or three hours according to your strength and capacity. Then you will have to cut one by one. You will have to do the whole process by sitting on one Asana. If you will find it difficult to sit on one Asana you can have change of Asana. But you should not leave your seat. Some use a special ink made up of saffron, musk, camphor, etc., and a special writing pen made up of sharp pointed thin Tulasi stick. You can use ordinary ink and pen if you cannot get the above special ink and special pen. You will have to do Anushthana on the bank of the Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Kaveri or Narmada, at Rishikesh, Varanasi, Haridwar or Prayag. You can do it at home, if you find it difficult to come to these places. Take milk and fruit or Phalahar during these days. Throw the ball in the Ganga or any river for fishes. You will develop wonderful patience. You will get divine grace.
Study the whole Ramayana 108 times with purity and concentration. This can be done in three years if you can devote three hours daily. You can go through the whole book three times in a month. You will acquire Siddhis. You will have Darshan of Lord Rama.