16 The holy name attracts one to Krsna
Aug13

16 The holy name attracts one to Krsna

By hearing the holy name, one becomes attracted to Krsna: From the Srimad−Bhagavatam, Lord Caitanya gives an example of pure devotion: it is said in the Bhagavatam that Krsna is situated in everyone's heart. Therefore, just as rivers flow and their natural tendency is to reach the sea, so as soon as one hears the glories of the Lord, his soul is at once attracted toward the Supreme Lord. This is the beginning of...

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10 One develops a taste for chanting by chanting
Aug09

10 One develops a taste for chanting by chanting

Chanting the holy name, which is nectarean and eternal, enthuses one to chant more and more: The sound of this material world and that of the spiritual world are completely different. The sound of the spiritual world is nectarean and eternal, whereas the sound of the material world is hackneyed and subject to end. The sound of the holy name Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare...

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25 A Devotee can be satisfied in any condition of life simply by chanting
Aug07

25 A Devotee can be satisfied in any condition of life simply by chanting

A pure devotee can be satisfied in any condition of life simply by chanting Hare Krsna: For the spiritual master, a pure devotee, heaven and hell are both the same if there is no Krsna consciousness. In hell people are suffering in so many ways, and in heaven they are enjoying their senses in so many ways, but a devotee of the Lord can live any place where there is Krsna consciousness, and since he brings this...

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15 Definitions: Japa, Kirtana, Sankirtana, and Sravana
Aug05

15 Definitions: Japa, Kirtana, Sankirtana, and Sravana

The difference between japa and kirtana: When a mantra or hymn is chanted softly and slowly, that is called japa. The same mantra, when chanted loudly, is called kirtana. For example, the maha−mantra (Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare) when uttered very softly only for one's own hearing is called japa. The same mantra, when chanted loudly for being...

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14 “Om” and “Hare Krsna”
Aug04

14 “Om” and “Hare Krsna”

This section includes only those instructions on omkara encountered while gathering references on the maha−mantra. Omkara was not separately researched. Omkara is a sound representation of the Supreme Lord: The principal word in the Vedas, pranava omkara, is the sound representation of the Supreme Lord. Therefore omkara should be considered the supreme sound.… Omkara is the reservoir of all the...

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