Absorption
Jan31

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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Why we have got 108 beads?
Jan18

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?
Jan17

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?
Jan16

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?
Jan14

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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