Why Are Beads Necessary For Chanting The Holy Name?
Jul08

Why Are Beads Necessary For Chanting The Holy Name?

If we chant His Holy Name without the beads, will it be less effective? Will it also be good if we continuously chant in our mind at any place and at any time? The answer to these questions is that only a highly advanced self-realized devotee can continuously chant the holy names of God within his mind in all times and places. To reach that stage disciplined, regulated chanting is required. We are in neophyte stage & the great...

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Who is Krishna?
Jun12

Who is Krishna?

Krishna is a name of the Supreme Lord, or God. It means “the all-attractive person.” And “Rama” means “the source of all pleasure.” Each of us, every living entity, seeks pleasure. But we do not know how to seek pleasure perfectly. With a materialistic concept of life, we are frustrated at every step in satisfying our pleasure because we are constantly being told to enjoy through our bodily senses. To enjoy real pleasure, one must...

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Why we have got 108 beads?
Jun05

Why we have got 108 beads?

Two prominent reasons are: 1. There are 108 upanisads.” So chanting of Hare Krishna with 108 beads means that we are surpassing the study of 108 upanisads. 2. There are 108 damsels who served Krishna with all respect at Vrindavan. So chanting of Hare Krishna with 108 beads means that we are serving Krishna's...

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What Should we Pray for?
Jun04

What Should we Pray for?

A: It is stated in the Srimad Bhagavatam that whether one is full of material desires, or has no desires, or desires liberation, one should approach the Supreme Lord Krsna. So whatever we want in life we should pray for Krsna to fulfill our desire. It is of course not so wise to pray for material things as this will just prolong our stay in the material world. Best thing is to ask Krsna, "Please, take us out of samsara and engage...

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Why chant 16 rounds?
Jun03

Why chant 16 rounds?

Srila Prabhupada says, "The Krsna consciousness movement prescribes sixteen rounds daily because people in the Western countries cannot concentrate for long periods while chanting on beads. Therefore the minimum number of rounds is prescribed. However, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati used to say that unless one chants at least sixty-four rounds of japa (one hundred thousand names), he is considered fallen (patita)....

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Why use Japa bag?
Jun02

Why use Japa bag?

Japa bags should be made of cotton or silk rather than synthetic fabrics. Your japa beads and bag should be personal, rather than shared with another person. Today, bags come in a variety of sizes, colors and prints, so keeping track of your bag should be easy. It's better to keep beads in their bag rather than hanging them up on the wall or wearing them, as this protects them from dirt and damage. It's best to not use your...

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