Chanting leads to Transcendental ecstasies
Sep18

Chanting leads to Transcendental ecstasies

In the beginning, there may not be the presence of all transcendental ecstasies, which are eight in number. These are: (1) being stopped as though dumb, (2) perspiration, (3) standing up of hairs on the body, (4) dislocation of voice, (5) trembling, (6) fading of the body, (7) crying in ecstasy, (8) trance. But there is no doubt that chanting for a while takes one immediately to the spiritual platform, and one shows the first symptom...

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Gems and Realizations You May Gain from Japa
Sep18

Gems and Realizations You May Gain from Japa

Hare Krsna to all devotees.  Please accept my humble obeisances.  All glories to Srila Prabhupada. My wife and I had recently completed the Potomac Temple Japa workshop with Mahatma Prabhu. Going there during the Labor Day weekend last year was the best decision we made.  We learned a lot about how to properly do Japa and the importance of Japa in Bhakti.  Japa is so important that one must be willing to...

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Really Intelligent People will….
Sep18

Really Intelligent People will….

Bg 3.10 saha-yajnah prajah srstva purovaca prajapatih anena prasavisyadhvam esa vo ’stv ista-kama-dhuk   Word for word:  saha — along with; yajnah — sacrifices; prajah — generations; srstva — creating; pura — anciently; uvaca — said; praja-patih — the Lord of creatures; anena — by this; prasavisyadhvam — be more and more prosperous;esah — this; vah —...

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Chanting with Humility by Sacinandana Swami
Sep17

Chanting with Humility by Sacinandana Swami

The holy name has unlimited energies, but it reserves them for those who chant without offenses. Chanting without offenses becomes easy in a humble state of mind. All offenses come from the false ego, no offenses come from a humble heart. The false ego needs to be dissolved by humility.   According to Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura real humility is based on the understanding “I’m not the body, but I’m a spiritual...

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Loud Chanting
Sep17

Loud Chanting

There are three ways of chanting the Mahamantra – chanting within the mind, chanting softly and chanting loudly. But unless we are very steady and fixed in devotional service, it is very difficult for us to chant within the mind or even to chant softly. We are bombarded with so many external noises as well as internal noise from our own mind so much that some times, the lips keeps chanting Krishna's names, but mind keeps...

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Inattentive Chanting
Sep16

Inattentive Chanting

Inattention is a serious problem in chanting. As the nondevotee does not understand the value of human life or the urgency to be Krishna conscious, so a devotee sometimes does not fully understand the urgency and necessity of calling on the holy name. Then despite his theoretical acceptance of the principle of chanting Hare Krishna, he stubbornly deliberates on other things while uttering the holy name. Inattention then explains why,...

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