On which beads should one chant Japa?
May24

On which beads should one chant Japa?

Tulasi beads are considered the topmost for japa mala, but other beads may also be used. After Tulasi, Neem beads are generally considered the best. Most any kind of wooden beads will do. Rudraksa beads, however, are not generally used by Gaudiya Vaisnavas, as they are symbolic of a different spiritual practice. Ideally, one should cultivate and offer worship to Srimate Tulasi-devi. When Her plant form dies a natural death, you may...

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Loud Chanting
Mar17

Loud Chanting

There are three ways of chanting the Mahamantra – chanting within the mind, chanting softly and chanting loudly. But unless we are very steady and fixed in devotional service, it is very difficult for us to chant within the mind or even to chant softly. We are bombarded with so many external noises as well as internal noise from our own mind so much that some times, the lips keeps chanting Krishna's names, but mind keeps...

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How much time does it take?
Jan30

How much time does it take?

With a little practice, you should be able to chant each round in approximately 8 minutes, allowing the full 16 rounds to be done in about two hours and fifteen minutes. If you're chanting at high speed, and a round takes only four minutes, you're probably pushing it. The standard that should regulate your japa speed is how clearly you are being able to articulate the Holy Name. One has to be careful not to fall into bad...

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How to handle beads during chanting?
Jan29

How to handle beads during chanting?

Make sure your hands are carefully washed before beginning japa. Chant on the 108 beads by gently rolling them between the middle finger and the thumb. Never touch the beads with the index finger, which is generally used for a host of unpurified activities. Instead, keep that finger on the outside of the japa bag, placing it through the small enclosure in your bag which is made for that purpose. If you use your hands for anything...

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When to chant?
Jan28

When to chant?

One may chant japa at any time, but the Vedic literatures note that certain hours of the day are most auspicious for performing spiritual activities. The early morning hours just before and after sunrise are generally a time of stillness and quietude, excellently suited to contemplative chanting. At the conclusion of Tulasi-arati, during the 1-1/2 to 2-hour period before Darshan Arati & Guru-puja begins, the devotees take time for...

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What should be the posture during chanting?
Jan28

What should be the posture during chanting?

Best is to sit and chant japa. For those who find it difficult to sit and chant, walking and chanting is also acceptable. One has to be careful of not falling asleep, so try not to be too comfortable. Particularly in the early morning hours, you may find it hard to keep from nodding off. For that reason, some devotees prefer to go for 'japa walks'. You can go outside and chant as you circumambulate the temple or go for walks...

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