How is it Possible to Constantly Chant The Holy Names?

How is it Possible to Constantly Chant The Holy Names?

As we prayerfully chant in a mood of humility and tolerance daily, over a period of time we become conscious of Krishna and recognize Him as our Supreme Father & we begin to appreciate all other living entities also as children of the same God. We realise that we are a tiny spark in this unlimited material world with practically very minute independence. There is nothing that we have that we can be proud about. At the time of death we have to leave back everything that we have worked for. The kind of pride that stems from self-righteousness is sinful and God hates it because it is a hindrance to seeking Him. The proud are so consumed with themselves that their selfish thoughts that there is no room for God.” This kind of haughty pride is the opposite of the spirit of humility. Why is pride so sinful? Pride is giving ourselves the credit for something that Krishna has accomplished. Pride is taking the glory that belongs to Krishna alone and keeping it for ourselves. Pride is essentially self-worship. Anything we accomplish in this world would not have been possible were it not for God enabling and sustaining us. That is why we give God the glory – He alone deserves it.

Krishna specifically blesses a soul that is humble towards all living beings and tolerates other living beings without getting disturbed. Systematic pursuit of the Hare Krishna japa invites the Lord into the heart & fills up our life with rich spiritual experiences. A devotee is contended in his relationship with God. He perceives the presence of Krishna in all living beings and is thus always happy & peaceful. This blissful state of mind increases the taste of the holy name and inspires the practitioner to chant more and more.

Lord Chaitanya’s message is taken to heart in Vrindavan, a sacred town with thousands of Krishna temples in Northern India. One can see that the pure inhabitants of Vrindavan are constantly chanting the holy names. Here its amazing to see how people communicate with each other by chanting names of the divine. A meeting between friends or strangers is rarely expressed as a “Hi” or “How are you” but rather as "Hare Krishna"  (Radha Krishna) or or Hari Bol (chant the holy name) or “Radhe Radhe” (names of the feminine divine Radha). With these names shopkeepers also sell their wares, beggars collect alms, and drivers seek passage for their vehicles. Wondering through this ancient town, you see people quietly muttering the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, counting their number of recitations on tulsi wood beads, which they carry in a cloth bag on their right hand. You also hear kirtan floating down narrow alleys out of gateways to homes and temples. In some temples chanting is held 24 hours per day, 365 days of the year since many years. 

Author: ISKCON Desire Tree

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