Chant seriously
Feb28

Chant seriously

Devotee (2) : Would you say something about the mercy of Lord Caitanya's sankirtana movement?   Srila Prabhupada : Yes, He says, param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam. So you follow His advice and you will get, become victorious. So I will advise you not to make research in that way. [laughter]   Indian woman : Well, I got my degree doing that research.   Srila Prabhupada : Yes, that degree is...

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Chant Gayatri Instead of Hare Krishna
Feb27

Chant Gayatri Instead of Hare Krishna

Question: Chant Gayatri Instead of Hare Krishna? Since Sri Krishna says that of mantras He is Gayatri shouldn't we chant the Gayatri mantra instead of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra? Can you please quote slokas where it is said that Hare Krishna maha-mantra is superior. My parents want me to chant Gayatri mantra, however, I tell them that since I chant Hare Krishna maha-mantra, it already includes all other mantras. But, they...

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The 4 step japa mala technique
Feb26

The 4 step japa mala technique

Step 1 – Make a sankalpa to hear ONE mantra. A sankalpa is a resolution or determination to do something. So the 1st step is to tell the mind to resolve to just hear one hare krishna maha mantra. The idea is that it is a doable request. If we tell the mind to hear 16 rounds of mantra, or even 1 round….the mind is to powerful to heed such a big request. But if we tell the mind "Just hear this one mantra…" we...

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Courtesy Japa
Feb25

Courtesy Japa

How to properly chant the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra – Japa ” Nish, nish, ram, ram, nish, nish, ram, ram .” Srila Prabhupada once imitated how we sometimes chant without focus, without concentration, without proper pronunciation – how we chant when we don’t feel like chanting. You know the mood behind this type of chanting; “I have to chant but I’d rather be doing something else.” And in...

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Eight Rules for Better Japa
Feb24

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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