14 One must chant loudly enough to hear oneself
Jun08

14 One must chant loudly enough to hear oneself

The first regulative principle is that one must chant a fixed number of rounds, chanting loudly enough to hear oneself: [Lord Caitanya to Haridasa thakura]: "Now that you have become old," the Lord said, "you may reduce the number of rounds, you chant daily. You are already liberated, and therefore you need not follow the regulative principles very strictly." Unless one has come to the platform of spontaneous...

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09 Devotees must chant (at least) sixteen rounds daily
Jun07

09 Devotees must chant (at least) sixteen rounds daily

The first regulative principle is that one must chant a fixed number of rounds: [Lord Caitanya to Haridasa thakura]: "Now that you have become old," the Lord said, "you may reduce the number of rounds you chant daily. You are already liberated, and therefore you need not follow the regulative principles very strictly." Unless one has come to the platform of spontaneous love of God, he must follow the regulative...

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Why we have got 108 beads?
Jun05

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?
Jun04

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?
Jun03

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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