I Have No Time to Chant
Sep22

I Have No Time to Chant

Most of us who are raising families are challenged to find two undisturbed hours a day to solely focus on our rounds. Yet many of the activities that take our time away from chanting are activities that we specifically have chosen to do. After the second retreat I thought that the reason I have so much on my plate that takes me away from chanting is simply because I don’t like chanting enough. It’s what Prabhupada calls...

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Be willing to chant
Sep21

Be willing to chant

One suggestion of an overall nature is that one should be willing to make changes in one’s life in order to give sadhana a chance to survive. For example, if a business firm discovers that it is in financial difficulty, then the members sit down and decide on appropriate action. This may require sacrifices and changes. Everything cannot stay the way it is. The willingness to sit down, discuss, and bring about changes is a...

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If One Always Chants
Sep20

If One Always Chants

'eka' krsna-name kare sarva-papa nasa premera karana bhakti karena prakasa Simply chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra without offenses vanquishes all sinful activities. Thus pure devotional service, which is the cause of love of Godhead, becomes manifest. (CC- 1:8:26). One cannot be situated in the devotional service of the Lord unless one is free from sinful life. This is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita (7:28): yesam tv...

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Chanting Controls Mind
Sep19

Chanting Controls Mind

When the mind is finally trained to the point where it will think of nothing but Krsna, it will attain peace and will become very tranquil. "The yogi whose mind is fixed on Me verily attains the highest happiness. By virtue of his identity with Brahman, he is liberated; his mind is peaceful, his passions are quieted, and he is freed from sin." (Bg. 6.27) The mind is always concocting objects for...

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Chanting at impure places
Sep18

Chanting at impure places

When we are chanting our surrender is simply to hear because our mind will have many objects about what to contemplate on. The mind has so many attachments, desires, fears and aspirations. It is a great priority that we make a offering of our heart by concentrating and hearing the Holy Name. This is how we can worship Krishna in the temple of our heart. It is an offering of love. There’s a story of a devotee in Jagannath Puri...

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