Absorption
Jan19

Absorption

Absorption-means to incorporate as part of oneself, to be obsessed, or to fully occupy and saturate the mind in something. Absorption is a feature of our lives. Everyday we become absorbed in sleeping, absorbed in eating a delicious meal, or absorbed in reading a wonderful book. But for some reason, it is very difficult to become absorbed in japa. Repeating the following prayer will help one get absorbed in chanting Hare Krsna: O...

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Inattentive Chanting
Jan18

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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Eight Rules for Better Japa
Jan18

Eight Rules for Better Japa

 The rules start with basic mechanical arrangements and end with the proper mood and meditation. Anyone who follows these eight rules will surely improve his japa and receive delightful rewards from sri-nama.  1. Night before-Give up rice and eating heavy foods at night.Take simple foods such as milk and fruits. By eating a light meal you will sleep soundly, rise early without difficulty, and have full energy for attentive...

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Govinda
Jan17

Govinda

kim no rajyena govinda kim bhogair jivitena va yesam arthe kanksitam no rajyam bhogah sukhani ca ta ime ’vasthita yuddhe praṇams tyaktva dhanani ca acaryah pitarah putras tathaiva ca pitamahah matulah svasurah pautrah syalah sambandhinas tatha etan na hantum icchami ghnato ’pi madhusudana api trailokya-rajyasya hetoh kim nu mahi-krte nihatya dhartarastran nah ka pritih syaj janardana (Bhagavad Gita 01.32 – 01.35)...

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Degrees of Lust
Jan17

Degrees of Lust

dhumenavriyate vahnir yathadarso malena ca yatholbenavrto garbhas tatha tenedam avrtam (Bhagavad Gita 03.38) Translation: As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, the living entity is similarly covered by different degrees of this lust. Purport: There are three degrees of covering of the living entity by which his pure consciousness is obscured. This covering is but...

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Cry For Mercy of Radha And Krishna
Jan16

Cry For Mercy of Radha And Krishna

"You can die any time. When you chant your 16 rounds you should think this is my last chance to cry for mercy of Radha and Krishna. And when you come to the last round you should think this is my last chance to try to please Radha and Krishna. And When you come to the last mantra of the last round, chant in a way that They are convinced, and when you come to the last "Hare",  if Krishna didn't hear me with all...

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