What is Japa?
Jan19

What is Japa?

'Japa' means personal chanting on beads and hearing the Holy Name. There are no hard-and-fast rules for chanting Hare Krsna. The most wonderful thing about mantra meditation is that one may chant anywhere-at home, at work, driving in the car, or riding on the bus or subway. And one may chant at any...

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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 do we chant 16 rounds, what is special about this Number?
Jan15

Why do we chant 16 rounds, what is special about this Number?

Answer by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami: Actually in some places, in the Vedas, it is said that if you chant 100,000 names of Krsna, that is enough to get you back to the spiritual world. So the number is 100,000 which should be 64 rounds. But then Prabhupada, when he came to the west, he found that the people are active and so many requirements, he said that if we do a regular practice of Bhakti yoga, of service, so that more or less...

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