Japa Yoga is a form of Yoga which uses the transforming qualities of sound on all planes of creation. The primordial sound is here the Shabda or Pranava or Nada, which is a theme of several Upanishads.
The tantric sadhanas developed a multitude of longer mantras and combinations of mantras for repetition with a mala or during meditations and contemplations. Suich mantras are known as sahasranamavalis of deities (ishta devatas). Well known mantra is 'Om namaha Shivaya' and 'Om Nama bhagavate(vasudevaya)' .
Mantras of Sri Vidya often end with '..hrim' like ' ka-e-ī-la-hrīṁ ' . Here the Guru initiates his disciple into a mantra japa called Pañchadaśī mantra or any other mantra of his choice.
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