A King who was on a hunting trip found an old lamp and he rubbed it and out came a genie. The genie told the King that we would do whatever the King orders him to do but on a condition that he has to be kept always busy. If the King fails to give him work he would devour the King. King thought he can use this genie to do the endless chores in the kingdom and keep him engaged all the time. So King took the genie with him to the kingdom and asked the genie to plough fields in his kingdom, get grass for the cattle, build castles etc. The genie completed these works very swiftly and came back to the King for more work. The King gave some more tasks that the genie completed even that in no time. Now the King ran out of tasks to be given to the genie. The genie threatened that if it does not get any task to do, it will kill the King. This scared the King. Finally, the Queen came up with an idea. The Queen asked the genie to erect a pole in the backyard of the palace. Then the Queen instructed the genie to keep climbing and getting down the pole over and over again. This way, she kept the genie busy and used it only when required. Rest of the time, the genie had to climb up and down the pole over and over again. Queen saves the life of the King.
Our mind is also like the genie it is hard to keep it still. It is always projecting thoughts which are constantly doing the flip flop. To keep the mind still it has to first reduce the projection of too many thoughts, so an important and ancient method of keeping the mind still is by Chanting (Nama Japa). Chanting has the power to transform an ordinary disturbed mind to a peaceful mind. It is said that if we chant repeatedly each syllable in any chanting has its own particular vibration frequency which resonates the petals of the imaginary chakras present in our vertebrate.
Our language has also got the same syllables and every time we talk those resonances is felt but there is no rhythm and are irregular, but in chanting a Nama Japa there is rhythm and regularity. This rhythm helps mind to stay calm and thoughts are reduced, once there are fewer thoughts there is stillness in mind and a still mind is peaceful mind. A peaceful mind generates power is always happy and satisfied in its presence and not easily disturbed by the unexpected circumstances that may appear on our life path. It has the power to overcome and prevent stress and anxiety and awakens inner strength and confidence. A peaceful mind is crucial for clear thinking and to generate creativity.