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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The New Mantra is “Down with Courtesy Japa”
Feb23

The New Mantra is “Down with Courtesy Japa”

“Courtesy japa” is like shooting a gun with blank bullets. When the trigger is pulled it just sounds like a bullet is being fired. Obviously you can’t win a battle firing blanks. Similarly, “courtesy japa” sounds like the Hare Krishna maha mantra but it is just an artificial sound, a shadow of the real thing. Certainly you can’t win the battle with maya firing blank mantras. The problem is –...

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How chanting is the best meditation
Feb22

How chanting is the best meditation

Meditation essentially involves calming and silencing ourselves so that we can tune out the rustle-bustle of the world and tune in to life’s subtler, deeper realities, for example, nature’s serenity. The subtlest and deepest of all such realities is Krishna. He is our greatest well-wisher, wisest mentor and closest friend. And he resides at the very center of our being. The purpose and perfection of the inner journey of...

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Holy Name is All and Everything
Feb21

Holy Name is All and Everything

1. Glory, glory to the holy names of Lord Chaitanya, which have now descended to this world! Glory, glory to the holy names of Lord Krishna, which are the highest of all spiritual truths! 2. Haridasa said, "O Lord, please listen carefully. Other pious deeds are not equal to the holy name. 3. "O Lord, You are like a spiritual sun. That is Your nature. You are perfectly spiritual. Your nature is wonderful. 4. "Your form...

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What I Do Today Affects My Chanting Tomorrow
Feb20

What I Do Today Affects My Chanting Tomorrow

What I do when I am not chanting affects the quality of my rounds. For example, if I am critical of devotees (or even of non-devotees), it will be more difficult to chant good rounds. If my mind is engaged in activities from morning to night that have nothing to do with Krishna, my attraction to chanting the next day will diminish. However, if I make an effort to be as Krishna conscious as possible during the day, my rounds the next...

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