gregkavarnos wrote:The idea of mantra repititions is to achieve absorption in the wisdom of the specific deity. If you can do this with one repitition then go for it. For me it tends to be a balancing game between too many repititions or not enough. But, to answer your question more directly, no, it is not commonly done. Normally seven repitions is the absolute minimum.
OK, I understand now. Thanks. If I do this, then seven for each it is.
Why don't you find a teacher and get the oral transmissions for some sadhana and mantra? I don't know how it works in the various Hindu traditions but in the Vajrayana it id best to get an oral transmission of a mantra unless it is found in a sutra.
In Hinduism it's pretty much the same if you want to recite a mantra that has a beeja. One has to receive deeksha, initiation, from a guru. The uninitiated can recite naama japa, the name of the deity without the seed syllable(s), some have several in one mantra. What I had in mind would be for the "open" sadhanas someone listed for me here. I believe Manjushri, Chenrezig, Medicine Buddha and Green Tara are open. I'm an unabashed henotheist, and view the four I mentioned as additional deities; I'm drawn to them for their "specialties".