Chanting Chanting Hare Krishna on Beads

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Chanting Hare Krishna on Beads

We can follow Haridasa Thakura’s example, however, by chanting sixteen rounds of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra on our beads every day and offering respect to the Tulasi plant. This is not at all difficult for anyone, and the process of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra with a vow before the Tulasi plant has such great spiritual potency that simply by doing this one can become spiritually strong.

BEFORE we chant EACH round CHANT:

(1) NAMA OM VISNU-PADAYA KRSNA-PRESTHAYA BHUTALE SRIMATE BHAKTIVEDANTA SVAMIN ITI NAMINE. NAMAS TE SARASVATE DEVE GAURA VANI PRACARINE NIRVISESA SUNYAVADI PASCHATYA DESA TARINE.

(2) SRI-KRSNA-CAITANYA PRABHU-NITYANANDA SRI-ADVAITA GADADHARA SRIVASADI-GAURA-BHAKTA-VRNDA.

NOW begin.
(3) HARE KRSNA, HARE KRSNA, KRSNA KRSNA, HARE HARE. HARE RAMA, HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA, HARE HARE.

Note: start with BIG bead.
680724IN.MON Prabhupada: You BEGIN FROM THIS BIG BEAD, Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, and then after finishing, begin second. In this way, there are 108, one, two, three. Come to this point, then begin from this point. Note: Don’t cross THE SUMMIT.(TURN ROUND IN OPPOSITE DIRECTION WHEN YOU REACH THE SUMMIT)

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Now you can chant, those who are initiated. (ceremony begins, chanting of om apavitrah) (break) …Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Then take another bead, Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare. Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. In this way you come to this end. DON’T CROSS THIS SUMMIT. AGAIN BEGIN FROM THIS END. In this way chant daily sixteen rounds.

OUR OBEISANCES
Adi 7.4
“In the Age of Kali, people who are endowed with sufficient intelligence will worship the Lord, who is accompanied by His associates, by performance of sankirtana-yajna.” (Bhag. 11.5.32) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is always accompanied by His plenary expansion Sri Nityananda Prabhu, His incarnation Sri Advaita Prabhu, His internal potency Sri Gadadhara Prabhu and His marginal potency Srivasa Prabhu. He is in the midst of them as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One should know that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is always accompanied by these other tattvas. THEREFORE OUR OBEISANCES TO SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU ARE COMPLETE WHEN WE SAY SRI-KRSNA-CAITANYA PRABHU NITYANANDA SRI-ADVAITA GADADHARA SRIVASADI-GAURA-BHAKTA-VRNDA. AS PREACHERS OF THE KRSNA CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT, WE FIRST OFFER OUR OBEISANCES TO SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU BY CHANTING THIS PANCA-TATTVA MANTRA; THEN WE SAY HARE KRSNA, HARE KRSNA, KRSNA KRSNA, HARE HARE. HARE RAMA, HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA, HARE HARE. THERE ARE TEN OFFENSES IN THE CHANTING OF THE HARE KRSNA MAHA-MANTRA, BUT THESE ARE NOT CONSIDERED IN THE CHANTING OF THE PANCA-TATTVA MANTRA, NAMELY, SRI-KRSNA-CAITANYA PRABHU-NITYANANDA SRI-ADVAITA GADADHARA SRIVASADI-GAURA-BHAKTA-VRNDA. SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU IS KNOWN AS MAHA-VADANYAVATARA, THE MOST MAGNANIMOUS INCARNATION, FOR HE DOES NOT CONSIDER THE OFFENSES OF THE FALLEN SOULS. THUS TO DERIVE THE FULL BENEFIT OF THE CHANTING OF THE MAHA-MANTRA (HARE KRSNA, HARE KRSNA, KRSNA KRSNA, HARE HARE. HARE RAMA, HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA, HARE HARE), WE MUST FIRST TAKE SHELTER OF SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU, LEARN THE PANCA-TATTVA MAHA-MANTRA, AND THEN CHANT THE HARE KRSNA MAHA-MANTRA. THAT WILL BE VERY EFFECTIVE.

Why 108?
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Now, so there are Upanisads. Generally they take eleven Upanisads primarily, but there are 108 Upanisads. Sometimes the explanation is given that “WHY WE HAVE GOT 108 BEADS?” “BECAUSE THERE ARE 108 UPANISADS.” SO CHANTING OF HARE KRSNA WITH 108 BEADS MEANS THAT WE ARE SURPASSING THE STUDY OF 108 UPANISADS. ANOTHER MEANING IS THAT THERE ARE 108 DAMSELS WHO SERVED KRSNA WITH ALL RESPECT AT VRNDAVANA. SO THAT IS ALSO ANOTHER EXPLANATION, 108. WE ARE SERVING KRSNA’S SERVITORS, HUNDRED AND…, CHIEF DAMSELS OF, AT VRNDAVANA. So these 108 Upanisads are described, isa kena katha prasna munda mandukyo taittiri… You can count how many: Isopanisad, Kenopanisad, Kathopanisad, Prasnopanisad, Mundakopanisad, Mandukyopanisad, Taittiriyopanisad. Then aitareyas ca chandogya brhad-aranyakam tatha. Then Aitareya Upanisad, Chandogyopanisad, Brhad-aranyakopanisad, Brahmokaivalyopanisad, Jabalopanisad. There are so many Upanisads, 108 Upanisads. Aruneyopanisad, Garbho, Narayano, Hamsa. This Hamsaduta, the name, the Hamsa Upanisad, it comes from Hamsa. Garbho narayano hamso binduro narada sikah. Sika-upanisad, Narada Upanisad.

Note: RESPECT FOR BEADS
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Come on. Next. Who’s this? Oh, all right. Then how many still remaining? All right. (chants japa) First of all grains mixed up. (more japa) Come on. Take your. Come on. Whose beads are lying on the floor there? Whose beads? OH, YOU NEVER PUT IT IN THE FLOOR. WHEN THERE IS NO BAG, YOU PUT LIKE THIS.

Note: engaging the sense of touch by touching the tulasi beads–tulasi is a pure devotee of the Lord.
SB 9.4.18-20
Maharaja Ambarisa always engaged his mind in meditating upon the lotus feet of Krsna, his words in describing the glories of the Lord, his hands in cleansing the Lord’s temple, and his ears in hearing the words spoken by Krsna or about Krsna. He engaged his eyes in seeing the Deity of Krsna, Krsna’s temples and Krsna’s places like Mathura and Vrndavana, HE ENGAGED HIS SENSE OF TOUCH IN TOUCHING THE BODIES OF THE LORD’S DEVOTEES, he engaged his sense of smell in smelling the fragrance of tulasi offered to the Lord, and he engaged his tongue in tasting the Lord’s prasada. He engaged his legs in walking to the holy places and temples of the Lord, his head in bowing down before the Lord, and all his desires in serving the Lord, twenty-four hours a day. Indeed, Maharaja Ambarisa never desired anything for his own sense gratification. He engaged all his senses in devotional service, in various engagements related to the Lord. This is the way to increase attachment for the Lord and be completely free from all material desires.

BECOME SPIRITUALLY STRONG.
Antya 3.100
Haridasa Thakura used to chant the holy name on his beads 300,000 times daily. Throughout the entire day and night, he would chant the sixteen names of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. One should not, however, imitate Haridasa Thakura, for no one else can chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra 300,000 times a day. Such chanting is for the mukta-purusa, or liberated soul. WE CAN FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE, HOWEVER, BY CHANTING SIXTEEN ROUNDS OF THE HARE KRSNA MAHA-MANTRA ON BEADS EVERY DAY AND OFFERING RESPECT TO THE TULASI PLANT. THIS IS NOT AT ALL DIFFICULT FOR ANYONE, AND THE PROCESS OF CHANTING THE HARE KRSNA MAHA-MANTRA WITH A VOW BEFORE THE TULASI PLANT HAS SUCH GREAT SPIRITUAL POTENCY THAT SIMPLY BY DOING THIS ONE CAN BECOME SPIRITUALLY STRONG. Therefore we request the members of the Hare Krsna movement to follow Haridasa Thakura’s example rigidly. Chanting sixteen rounds does not take much time, nor is offering respects to the tulasi plant difficult. THE PROCESS HAS IMMENSE SPIRITUAL POTENCY. ONE SHOULD NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY.

Note: why the devotees who have accepted the envious (wanting to be worshiped as good as God  – the position of acarya) role of so-called gurus and thus competeing against Srila Prabhupada in ISKCON have lost taste for chanting.

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AS ATTACHMENT CAN BE INVOKED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF PURE DEVOTEES, SO ATTACHMENT CAN ALSO BE EXTINGUISHED BY OFFENSES COMMITTED AT THE LOTUS FEET OF PURE DEVOTEES. To be more clear, by the association of pure devotees attachment for Krsna can be aroused, but if one commits offenses at the lotus feet of a devotee, one’s shadow attachment or para attachment can be extinguished. This extinguishing is like the waning of the full moon, which gradually decreases and at last becomes dark. One should therefore be very careful while associating with pure devotees to guard against committing an offense at their lotus feet.

TRANSCENDENTAL ATTACHMENT, EITHER SHADOW OR PARA, CAN BE NULLIFIED BY DIFFERENT DEGREES OF OFFENSES AT THE LOTUS FEET OF PURE DEVOTEES. IF THE OFFENSE IS VERY SERIOUS, THEN ONE’S ATTACHMENT BECOMES ALMOST NIL, AND IF THE OFFENSE IS NOT VERY SERIOUS, ONE’S ATTACHMENT CAN BECOME SECOND CLASS OR THIRD CLASS.

DAILY WITHOUT FAIL
70-02-19 Letter: Sucandra
It is most important that our activities be regular or, in other words, on a schedule. EVERYONE SHOULD CHANT HIS BEADS SIXTEEN ROUNDS DAILY WITHOUT FAIL AND FOLLOW THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLES STRICTLY. These basic Krsna Conscious duties are essential to be performed regularly, and they will give you the necessary strength of spirit to keep always fixed up in devotional service. As soon as a devotee is regularly engaged in this way, always engaged in Krsna Consciousness, Krsna will reveal the whole spiritual science from within the heart of such sincere devotee.

THIS IS THE ESSENTIAL PROCESS
70-03-06 Letter: Nityananda
PLEASE FOLLOW THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLES STRICTLY, AND CHANT DAILY SIXTEEN ROUNDS OF BEADS REGULARLY WITHOUT FAIL. THIS IS THE ESSENTIAL PROCESS FOR DISSOLVING THE CLOUDS OF ILLUSION OR MAYA; AND WHEN THE CLOUD OF ILLUSION IS REMOVED, THEN WE CAN UNDERSTAND KRSNA CONSCIOUSNESS PERFECTLY AND THAT IS THE HIGHEST PERFECTION OF HUMAN LIFE. So be fixed in devotional service, chant Hare Krsna mantra and be happy. I am waiting to hear of your further progress in spreading this Krsna Consciousness movement for the benefit of all concerned.

HELP ME
73-01-09 Letter: Hasyakari (Howard Bernd), Rathangapani (Randy Buchert), Varuthapa
My request to all of you is that you very seriously stick to the principles of devotional service as you have learned them, and especially observe strictly the four prohibitions and without fail always chant at least 16 rounds on your beads daily. In this way you will be always happy.

Now you have got the golden opportunity of this human form of life, and it is not by accident that you have met your spiritual master, so if you are actually intelligent you will stick very tightly to your position of Krsna Consciousness and go back to home, back to Godhead. The essential point to remember is that you should try always to please your spiritual master under every condition. That means to follow his orders and instructions very carefully. MY FIRST INSTRUCTION TO ALL OF MY DISCIPLES IS THAT THEY SHOULD HELP ME SPREAD THIS KRSNA CONSCIOUSNESS MOVEMENT ALL OVER THE WORLD, UTILIZING THEIR ENERGY AS BEST THEY ARE ABLE TO DO IT. IN THIS WAY, KEEPING YOURSELVES ALWAYS ENGAGED IN KRSNA’S BUSINESS 24 HOURS, YOU WILL BECOME FREE FROM ALL ATTACHMENT TO MAYA BY KRSNA’S GRACE. JUST AS WHEN THE DARKNESS AND THE LIGHT COME TOGETHER, THE DARKNESS CANNOT STAND BEFORE THE LIGHT, SO MAYA CANNOT REMAIN IN THE PRESENCE OF KRSNA. ALWAYS REMEMBER THEREFORE TO CHANT HARE KRSNA AND THAT WILL SAVE YOU IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES WITHOUT ANY DOUBT.

HE MUST BE SURE TO KEEP HIS VOW.
NoD 7
In the Naradiya Purana it is directed, “One should not accept more than necessary if he is serious about discharging devotional service.” The purport is that one should not neglect following the principles of devotional service, nor should one accept the rulings of devotional service which are more than what he can easily perform. FOR EXAMPLE, IT MAY BE SAID THAT ONE SHOULD CHANT THE HARE KRSNA MANTRA AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND TIMES DAILY ON HIS BEADS. BUT IF THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE, THEN ONE MUST MINIMIZE HIS CHANTING ACCORDING TO HIS OWN CAPACITY. GENERALLY, WE RECOMMEND OUR DISCIPLES TO CHANT AT LEAST SIXTEEN ROUNDS ON THEIR JAPA BEADS DAILY, AND THIS SHOULD BE COMPLETED. BUT IF ONE IS NOT EVEN ABLE TO CHANT SIXTEEN ROUNDS, THEN HE MUST MAKE IT UP THE NEXT DAY. HE MUST BE SURE TO KEEP HIS VOW. IF HE DOES NOT STRICTLY FOLLOW THIS OUT, THEN HE IS SURE TO BE NEGLIGENT. THAT IS OFFENSIVE IN THE SERVICE OF THE LORD. IF WE ENCOURAGE OFFENSES, WE SHALL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE PROGRESS IN DEVOTIONAL SERVICE. IT IS BETTER IF ONE FIXES UP A REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE ACCORDING TO HIS OWN ABILITY AND THEN FOLLOWS THAT VOW WITHOUT FAIL. THAT WILL MAKE HIM ADVANCED IN SPIRITUAL LIFE.

YOUR LIFE will be SUBLIME.
69-10-08.Krs Letter: Krsna dasa
“We request you to chant HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA, KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE, HARE RAMA HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA HARE HARE, and your life will be SUBLIME.

YOUR LIFE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL

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Or if you feel that you cannot read or you have no money to purchase book, never mind. Lord Caitanya has given you very simple path: CHANT HARE KRSNA, HARE KRSNA, KRSNA KRSNA, HARE HARE. HARE RAMA, HARE RAMA, RAMA RAMA, HARE HARE. IF YOU CHANT THIS MANTRA WITH FAITH AND DEVOTION, WITHOUT ANY OFFENSE, BUT SIMPLY BY CHANTING YOU WILL REALIZE YOURSELF, YOU WILL REALIZE GOD, KRSNA, AND YOUR LIFE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. Ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam. These are the statements of Vedic literature. Simply by chanting Hare Krsna mantra, one can cleanse his heart of all the dirty things. And as soon as the dirty things are moved, then you become liberated. Bhava-maha-davagni-nirvapanam. Immediately the blazing fire of material existence is extinguished.

These are the processes recommended in the Vedas. We are simply preaching the authorized principles of the Vedas, and we request you all to accept it. Not accept it blindly, but take it with all your reason and intelligence. Just like Caitanya-caritamrta says,

caitanyera dayara katha karaha vicara vicara karile citte pabe camatkara

It is not that we are forcing something. By force you cannot do anything. That is artificial. That is not… But it is a fact that in everyone’s heart there is Krsna consciousness because that is pure consciousness. Because we are part and parcel of Krsna, naturally, just like father and the son, there is an eternal relationship. Similarly, Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, we have got eternal relationship with Krsna. That is now covered by the dirty things of maya. But as soon as we remove, we cleanse these dirty things from our heart, then immediately we can understand what is Krsna and what is our relationship with spirit.

nitya-siddha krsna-bhakti sadhya kabhu naya/ sravanadi-suddha-citte karaye udaya Everyone’s heart, there is Krsna bhakti. Otherwise, how these Europeans, Americans, Canadians, Japanese, they are taking to Krsna consciousness? We have Muhammadans also. Many Muhammadans, they are taking to Krsna consciousness. Therefore it is to be understood that Krsna consciousness, or love for Krsna, is existing in everyone’s heart. It is simply to be awakened. Nothing more. How it is awakened? Sravanadi-suddha-citte karaye udaya. if you simply give your aural reception to the Krsna katha. Krsna katha means what is spoken by Krsna, the Bhagavad-gita, and Krsna katha means speeches and words which are spoken about Krsna. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is also Krsna katha, and Bhagavad-gita is also Krsna katha.

THE PROCESS HAS IMMENSE SPIRITUAL POTENCY.
Antya 3.100 The Glories of Srila Haridasa Thakura
Haridasa Thakura used to chant the holy name on his beads 300,000 times daily. Throughout the entire day and night, he would chant the sixteen names of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. One should not, however, imitate Haridasa Thakura, for no one else can chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra 300,000 times a day. Such chanting is for the mukta-purusa, or liberated soul. WE CAN FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE, HOWEVER, BY CHANTING SIXTEEN ROUNDS OF THE HARE KRSNA MAHA-MANTRA ON BEADS EVERY DAY AND OFFERING RESPECT TO THE TULASI PLANT. THIS IS NOT AT ALL DIFFICULT FOR ANYONE, AND THE PROCESS OF CHANTING THE HARE KRSNA MAHA-MANTRA WITH A VOW BEFORE THE TULASI PLANT HAS SUCH GREAT SPIRITUAL POTENCY THAT SIMPLY BY DOING THIS ONE CAN BECOME SPIRITUALLY STRONG. Therefore we request the members of the Hare Krsna movement to follow Haridasa Thakura’s example rigidly. Chanting sixteen rounds does not take much time, nor is offering respects to the tulasi plant difficult. THE PROCESS HAS IMMENSE SPIRITUAL POTENCY. ONE SHOULD NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY.

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70 Responses to Chanting Hare Krishna on Beads

  1. anagha says:

    Why we need to complete 16 rounds of chanting?

    • Rudrahara Dash says:

      Namaste,
      Simple living and high thinking.
      Simply, because our spiritual master has instructed us to do so. There is no need to go into elaborated technical explanations. That’s the greatness of acquiring knowledge thru a pure devotee of THE LORD. Anyway, notice there are 16 utterances of the holy name in the mahamantra. haribol.

  2. mahen says:

    jai shri Krishna,

    I chant the Krishna maha mantra continously in my mind as long as im not talking or reading(without beads)…it just comes on automatically when im driving or walking ,eating, it comes on totally subconscience… What are the benefits of such chanting in the mind as opposed to chanting 16 rounds on a mala?? Bearing in mind im not a Krishna conscienceness follower(YET)… i merely listened to the chanting and it comes on naturally.

    • hare krishna money says:

      6 July 2010 KRSHNADHAM, OTTAWA, CANADA

      HARE KRISHN HARI HRI BHOL

      PAMHO, AGT SRI SRI GAURA NITAI AND AND AGT LORD KRISHNA

      Chanting is a good medium for mind. Chanting with beads or/and without beads? The solution is simple. From childhood we need some instrument in front to understand what we are doing correctly. Similarly for spiritual advancement The Japa Mala is a must to get a clear and conscius understanding of the Maha Mantra. This will basically avaoid the mistakes, omission and/or leave concentration aside and think somethink else. We get clear consciusness.

      Must is Mala to achieve results. Hope this clarifies the point

      yours humble servant

      hare krishna money

  3. I personally prefer chanting Hare Krishna Maha Mantra in a congregational chanting in the street.

  4. Shravan says:

    Japa on the beads is truly the 2nd best thing one can do…. Best is of course, chanting in the streets.

  5. Ashwini says:

    Hare Krishna.
    Please accept my humble obeisances…
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

    Chanting on beads…

    One should follow the mahājana, the authorized person….”Mahājano yena gataḥ sa panthāḥ”…even Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila BhaktiVinoda Thakur, Srila Prabhupada and so many also chanted on beads. Now we have to just follow them….and chant on beads!!!

    Hare Krishna!
    Your humble servant,
    Ashwini

  6. I recently started the Maha Mantra. I had already got a set of beads – the mala , from Indian friends in the street. Years ago I did a postal
    course on Kundalini Yoga , and I was forced off a vegetarian diet by my dad.My parents are dead years ago and I can indulge in a veggie diet.
    I had bad effects from the kundalini and I am on injections now.
    Cutting it short , I was turned on sexually by one round of the mantra. threetimes. I was going to quit , but I’m not depressed by the incident today and I think I could be purging samskaras ( bad karma ) . Will this pass and will my sexdrive diminish ( I want it to ). I nearlyquit from Madhudvisa’s emails . I signed up again.

  7. Manoj Ganpati Nahak says:

    HARE KRISHNA
    BHAJO RADHE GOVIND
    Dear Prabhuji
    please send me always very very nice thinking , which is i can say to other people for their impove in krishnabhakti.

    your devotee

    Manoj

  8. sathya307 says:

    hare krishna madhudvisa dasa

    my mother and father are not buying meditation beeds for me.they are shouting.without beeds can i chant hare krishna mantra 16 rounds

    • Beads are just for counting. You can count in some other way. You can use any other beads, you can make your own beads. Lord Caitanya used to chant, counting the rounds on his fingers. You can do that.

      There is nothing that can stop you from chanting the Hare Krishna mantra and from getting some system to keep track of how many times you have chanted the mantra.

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

      You can get two dishes and put 108 grains of rice on one and each time you chant the mantra:

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

      you can take one grain of rice and put it on the other dish. So when all the grains are on the other dish you have chanted one round. Do that sixteen times and you have chanted 16 rounds. Who can stop you from doing this?

      • Prasad says:

        jay ganesh, Hare Krishna.
        All glories to Srila Prabhupada, Nimai, and Nitai.
        Hari Bol.
        Dear Madhudvisa dasaji,
        Is it ok to chant the mahamantra while watching tv or listening a conversation over the phone.

        Please advice.

        Hari Bol
        Prasad

        • Hare Krishna Prasad

          Yes and No. You can and should chant Hare Krishna everywhere and at all times so if you find yourself watching the television or speaking on the phone yes by all means you should be chanting Hare Krishna. However you can’t chant Hare Krishna while watching the television or having a phone conversation with attention. And inattentive chanting is one of the ten offenses.

          There is nothing worthwhile on the television, nothing that will remind you of Krishna so why not turn off the television and just chant Hare Krishna?

          On the phone or when other people are talking of course you can chant Hare Krishna and it will be nicer to hear the holy name than to hear them speaking gramiya katha, “village talk…”

          We need to chant the Hare Krishna mantra with our tongues and hear it clearly with our ears. This is easier to do without distractions like the television.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  9. sathya307 says:

    hare krishna madhudvisa dasa
    please help me to distribute prabhupada’s books to all people

    • You just have to get the books and go out and present them to people and ask them to give you a donation to help with the printing cost. That is all you have to do. If you spend your time doing this you will distribute so many of Srila Prabhupada’s books and you will collect enough donations to pay for the books and to also support yourself financially so you can eat and get the strength to go out and distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books the next day.

      Book Distribution Ki Jaya.

  10. kazol Kshetri says:

    i am trying to concentrate my mind while chanting but somehow i am unable to concentrate my mind. I tried a lot and still trying but couldn’t and now a days, my spiritual life is going down and down. so please help me.

    • Bhakta Mark says:

      Hare Krsna. Maybe you should reduce your expectations at first. Try to chant just half of a complete round (54 beads) or even a quarter of a round (27 beads) at first and set your standard at that. Whatever you can chant, do it sincerely. If you do then Krsna will hear you and He will give you the desire to chant more. Remember Lord Caitanya said that there are no hard and fast rules for chanting. I think the ipmportant thing is to just try and do it. Good luck.

      • This is nonsense Mark.

        You can not get attachment for chanting Hare Krishna without chanting Hare Krishna. If someone is not prepared to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily he is not going to get any attachment for chanting Hare Krishna.

        This is called saddhana bhakti, and the process to get some attachment is to undergo the tapasya of chanting at least 16 roudns of the Hare Krishna mantra daily. It will not work unless you follow…

        You have to at least follow the four regulative principles and chant 16 rounds a day… Otherwise you are not following the process and can not expect it to work…

        Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

        Madhudvisa dasa

        • Bhakta Mark says:

          “This is nonsense Mark.”

          Well, thank you so very much for your kindness and direction.

          Let me explain why I suggested chanting less.

          I think it’s important to understand that not everybody is on the same spiritual platform. Many people including those who are newly attracted to Krsna consciousness, are very much stuck in the material world and attached to worldly things. For many, chanting for two hours a day just won’t work. They are not ready for it. But, if there is some desire, as expressed in the post by kazol Kshetri, then it’s much better to start off slowly and work up.

          You said…”If someone is not prepared to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily he is not going to get any attachment for chanting Hare Krishna.”

          I, with all due respect to you, think that is nonsense and sounds a bit self-righteous. Just because somebody isn’t prepared to chant the prescribed number of rounds that Prabhupada gave to his disciples does not mean that he/she can’t get any attachment to the chanting of the holy names. You can say the same thing about Prabhupada’s first disciples who did not/could not chant the previously prescribed number of rounds for initiated Vaisnava devotees which was 64. Are you going to say to somebody that if they don’t chant 64 rounds then they won’t get any attachment for Krsna’s holy names? No. Prabhupada adjusted the number to suit what he knew was the ability of his devotees at that time.

          I’m not saying you should not chant 16 rounds. That would be ridiculous. I am saying that each person must chant according to their ability and realization. If they can’t chant 16 rounds then they will never be initiated as a Vaisnava into Prabhupada’s movement. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t chant at all. I can’t imagine Prabhupada or any elevated senior ISKCON devotee saying to someone that if they can’t chant 16 rounds then they will never get an attachment. Krsna said himself…

          “In this endeavor there is no loss or diminution, and a little advancement on this path can protect one from the most dangerous type of fear.”

          Lord Caitanya said that there are no hard and fast rules for chanting.

          So, better to chant a little than not at all. If the chanting is done sincerely, then the desire to chant more will increase. Right? This is what we are taught in all the temples; at least the ISKCON temples that I have had the fortune to visit and be a part of. It was always said to new devotees to chant even a little. If you can only do one round then do that one round but don’t stop. Once you set the standard at one round you should continue to do one round a day until the desire increases. That’s what I was taught.

          Anyway, I am rambling on here. Thank you, Madhudvisa dasa, for engaging me in talking about Krsna. For that I am deeply grateful. I hope I did not offend you in any way. If I did please forgive me.

          All glories to Prabhupada.

          • Divyesh says:

            AGTSP,

            You are absolutely right Mark Prabhu but You shouldnt advise someone to chant half a round they should at least do 1 round a day at the very least for beginers isnt that would make sense instead of the half, let me know your views

            YS divyesh

          • You have to instruct people to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily. They have to know this is the minimum standard. If they can not immediately chant 16 rounds a day then they may take some time to work up to this, that is OK. But it should always be very clear that to come to the platform of devotional service one has to be chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and strictly following the four regulative principles (no illicit sex life, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication). If people are not prepared to do this, chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and follow the four regulative principles, there is no spiritual life, it is just imagination. If one can not surrender even to these simple basic things then where is his surrender? Where is his devotion? Of course if someone is sincerely trying to surrender and sincerely trying to chant 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra a day then that is another thing. But if on is sincerely trying to chant 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra a day he will chant 16 rounds a day. It is not a very difficult thing to do…. You just have to be prepared to spent the time and energy to do it. And if you are not prepared to do this there is no surrender, no devotion and no spiritual life.

            Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  11. Shamini says:

    I have achieved my goal of chanting 16 rounds of Japa.

  12. anagha says:

    Jai Srikrishna Madhudvisa dasa,

    Thank you so much for answering. Now I know why we need to complete minimum 16 rounds daily.

    Anagha

  13. Hare Krishna,
    Thanks to the comments Mark and Madhudvisa . Part of my
    problem I went off the vegetarian diet . I am sticking to it now .
    It takes me twenty minutes to do one round. Is that too long- maybe it’s
    because of the thoughts. At this rate I wouldn’t be be able to do 16 rounds.
    By the way when I first got your emails the right hand margin was eating
    into the print, my fault , I rectified that my clicking on the other print
    icon on my computer . That’s why I tried to resign up again but it said I
    was already signed up . Please send the original emails out again.
    Not resign but re-sign . THANK you.
    PS . As you said the way to control the genitals is through the tongue -
    in other words watch what you eat !.

    • Hare Krishna Peter

      Thanks for reading the mails. Yes. You are right, the way to control the genitals is through the tongue so watch what you eat. Actually we have to eat prasadam, food that has been first offered to Krishna. That has a very purifying and sanctifying effect on the mind, body and consciousness.

      In the beginning it takes longer to chant. So if it takes you 20 minutes to chant one round that is OK. But keep chanting every day, keep practising and soon you will be able to chant one round in ten minutes or less. But it is important to hear clearly what you are chanting so don’t go faster than you can hear. But once you are practiced and your mind is a bit more peaceful you will be able to chant 16 rounds in two hours or so. I have always been a bit of a slow chanter but I prefer to hear the chanting, it used to take me around three hours to chant 16 rounds, now, after chanting for twenty-five years generally, as long as I am reasonably concentrating and undisturbed, I can chant 16 rounds in two hours. So it is not much of an effort to find two hours out of 24 to chant 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra.

      So in the beginning it may take longer but you have to decide to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and follow the four regulative principles strictly. You need to set your mind on this goal. We may sometimes fail to reach the goal in the beginning but we should never give up trying for this goal.

      And you can do it for sure. It is a very simple thing. It just requires you to pronounce the words “hare” “krishna” and “rama” loudly enough so you can hear them and just keep doing it until you have completed 16 rounds. Very quickly you will be able to do this in less than 3 hours.

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

  14. sathya says:

    can i split the 16 rounds of chanting hare krishna maha mantra per day.

    • Yes you can. You could chant 8 rounds in the morning and 8 rounds in the evening for example. As long as within the 24 hours you chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Keishna mantra.

  15. sathya says:

    how to offer food to lord krsna

    • It is easier to offer food to Srila Prabhupada. That is the way. We do not directly offer food to Krishna. we offer it to Srila Prabhupada and he offers it to Krishna via the discilpic succession.

      The first thing is you have to cook it for Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. You ca not offer food cooked by non-devotees to Krishna.

      It has to be prepared with love and devotion because it is actuay that love and devotion that Krishna accepts. It is not that Krishna is hungry and needs the food you are offering Him. He wants the love and devotion.

      There are mantras to chant while offering food but you can also just chant Hare Krishna. You make up a plate for Srila Prabhupada and offer it to him in front of a photo and chant Hare Krishna.

  16. sathya says:

    how to think krsna 24 hours a day.when i am sleeping iam not be able to think krsna when iam in deep sleep.please explain the four regulative principles deeply.

    • It takes time prabhu, and most importantly surrender. If we dedicate our lives to Krishna, surrender to Krishna, always serve Krishna, only eat Krishna prasadam, only speak about Krishna, then gradually, even while sleeping we will dream about Krishna and chant Hare Krishna.

      As far as the four regulative principles there is nothing elaborate to explain. We just have to follow them: no illici sex, sex is only permitted within marriage and the only for having children; no intoxication including tea, coffee and smoking; no meat eating; no gambling or unnecessary sporting activities.

      So what is there to explain elaborately. We simply need to understand and follow.

  17. sathya says:

    can i do all these duties at home

    • Yes, yes, yes… You can do all this at home. It is best to do it at home… Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is not encouraging His followers to suddenly change their position in life. He recommends “Stay in your position, simply add Krishna.”

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  18. sathya says:

    i had not cooked a single time in my life.my mother is cooking food.can i offer food to srila prabhupada and krsna with devotion and love what my mother has cooked.i had not learned how to cook food.

    • If your mother is a devotee and is cooking for Srila Prabhuapda and Krishna you can offer it to Srila Prabhuapda and Krishna or she can offer it. But if she is cooking it for you then how can you offer it to Prabhupada? To offer the food it has to be cooked by a devotee.

      So preach to your mother, if she is an Indian mother she is already knowing many things and will be open to this idea of cooking for Krishna. That is the Indian culture form time immemorial. You simply have to establish a small temple in your house with the pictures of Srila Prabhuapda, Panca-Tattva and Krishna and ask your mother to cook for Krishna and Srila Prabhupada, not for you, and she will do it and either she can offer or your can offer and the whole family can get the benefit of respecting Krishna Prasadam.

      Also you can learn to cook Prabhu. You can see what your mother is doing and learn the same things so you can also make nice offerings to Krishna.

      All devotees are expert cooks because obviously they have to cook for Krishna. It is OK if you are living with your mother but many times we are put in situations that unless we cook it and offer it to Prabhuapda and Krishna ourselves then there is no prasadam. And as devotees we can only eat Krishna-prasadam. So we have to be able to cook for Krishna.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  19. Shriya says:

    You know the chanting on the streets? is that equally rewarding as chanting with your beads? I hope so…coz sometimes I’m really lazy and don’t have the motivation to chant on my beads.

    HARE KRSNA HARE KRSNA
    KRSNA KRSNA
    HARE HARE
    HARE RAMA
    HARE RAMA
    RAMA RAMA
    HARE HARE

    • Hare Krishna Shriya

      If you have no attraction for chanting Hare Krishna on your beads your chanting of Hare Krishna on the street will be useless.

      First we have to develop a real love for Krishna, a real attachment for chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. Otherwise chanting Hare Krishna on the street will just be a show and will have no real benefit for anyone.

      There are so many sahajiyas in India and now all over the world who like to chant Hare Krishna or sing bhajans on the street. But unless they are actually sincere devotees strictly following the four regulative principles and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily on their beads their public chanting will be quite useless.

      We should not hear the chanting of Hare Krishna from non-devotees because milk touched by a serpent becomes poisonous.

      You know snakes like to drink milk. But while they are drinking milk their poison mixes with the milk. So even though it is still milk if you drink it you will not get the good benefit of the milk. You will be poisoned and die.

      So in Indian you know there are so many sahajiya kirtan groups and so many complete karmis who make a living by performing bhajans. These people have no concern for the actual spiritual principles. They do not follow the regulative principles, they have no regulated spiritual life, they have no proper spiritual guidance, they are not surrendered to or acting under any bona fide spiritual authority. So their kirtans are not having a good effect on the people who hear them. It is milk touched by the lips of a serpant.

      So before you consider going out on the street and chanting Hare Krishna you have to be very nicely situated in Krishna consciousness yourself. At least strictly following the four regulative principles, chanting at least sixteen rounds a day of the Hare Krishna mantra on your beads, and seriously reading Srila Prabhupada’s books. When you are fixed-up then go out on the street and chant Hare Krishna and that will be very good for you and very good for the people who hear you chanting.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  20. ALOK SHARMA says:

    Hare Krishana,

    I love with Krishna from last 10 years and also chanting Holy Name Which was given by my spiritual master. With the chanting of this name I saw krishana only 1 time in dream but never again.

    My question is that
    If anybody chanting any other name of Krishna than Hare Krishna, will he found krishna or not?

    • Hare Krishna Alok

      Everyone who is chanting Hare Krishna will find Krishna. But it takes different people different amounts of time. Some may find Krishna immediately, for others it may take millions of lifetimes. But if they are chanting Hare Krishna then they have started on the path back home, back to Godhead, and once you start on this part you will reach the destination… There may be many detours and distractions, but the nature of Krishna consciousness is that it will progress and everyone who is chanting Hare Krishna will ultimately make it back home, back to Godhead.

  21. Manish says:

    Hare Krishna friends.

    I have a small question, I have just started on the Krishna path. By lords grace I have been able to give up drinking and meat eating.However I am struggling to give up my attraction towards women, though my conscience stops me from falling however I would like your help on how to give up my attraction towards them. What should I do, please help me.

    Hare Krishna.

    • Hare Krishna Manish

      You can also be married in Krishna consciousness and have a wife and a family and in that way do very nice service by bringing Krishna conscious children into the world and training them up as nice devotees of Krishna.

      But first it is best to be brahmacary for some time and the way to reduce your attraction to women is to increase your attraction to Krishna. It will happen automatically if you follow the process of saddhana-bhakti as it is described by Srila Prabhupada in his books.

      You have to know that this attraction between man and women is very strong and is the shackles that maya uses to tie us to the material world. As long as we are thinking on the bodily concept of life, thinking that we can be satisfied by the so-called pleasures of our senses, we remain trapped in the material world.

      Still Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita that “I am sex life according to the regulative principles.” So there is a use for everything and there is a use for sex also, for bringing nice children into the world within marriage.

      Marriage is also a samskara, vivaha-samskar. Samsakra means purificatory process. It is also a sort of austerity because at least the sex life is limited to the wife only and then according to the regulative principles.

      So the real answer to your question is to become more Krishna conscious and as you become more attracted to Krishna you will become less attracted to maya. But if you feel that you need a wife and want to have a family there is no problem also in entering family life with the understanding that you and your wife will help each other advance in Krishna consciousness and will provide a nice Krishna conscious environment for your children.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Manish says:

        Hare Krishna

        Thank you very much. I have a another query. Lord Krishna has mentioned in the Gita that we should not focus on the fruits of our activities and just believe in the work provided to us by the Lord. So would like to ask you how can we devote all our actions to the Lord. I work in an MNC where on a daily basis I have to worry about productivity and quality. So how can I devote all my actions to Krishna? I really want to get rid of the concept of me being the doer. I know its Krishna that is pulling our strings.

        • Hare Krishna Manish

          This idea that we are puppets and Krishna is pulling the strings is not actually correct.

          A devotee would like that, and sometimes prays like that, “O Krishna please make me a puppet under your control.” But still Krishna is completely independent and we as parts and parcels of Krishna also have a little independence. Of course we are not the doers. But we do have desires. And if Krishna sanctions our desires the thing is done.

          All these things are very nicely and elaborately explained in Srila Prabhuapda’s Bhagavad-gita As It Is. Please study it carefully and you will find the answers to all your questions there.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  22. anil says:

    HARE KRSNA
    I AM NOT INITIATED AND MARRIED..AND DOING ONLINE BUSINESS..
    SOMETIME AROUND 2006-7 I WAS ASSOCITED WITH DEVOTEES OF MAYAPUR AND BE ASPIRING DEVOTEE OF HH JAYAPATAKA SWAMI BUT LEFT MAYAPUR DHAM AND JAPA 16 ROUNDS AND FOLLOW 4 REGS…
    MY QUESTION IS WHAT WILL BE MY FUTURE AS I HAVE FEAR FOR MY FUTURE FOR SOMETIME PROFIT OR SOMETIME LOSS IN BUSINESS CAN I BE ASSURE THAT DUE TO JAPA 16 ROUND I SHALL NEVER BE IN DEEP TROUBLE, PLEASE SUGGEST ME.. I DO JAPA WITH ATLEAST ONE ROUND BY TULSI BEADS AND REST BY TALLY.. ANIL

    • Hare Krishna Anil

      The situation in ISKCON is like this Prabhu. And the situation in Kali-yuga is like this, many of us are separated from the holy dharm and the association of the Vaisnvas. But you are doing the right thing, pushing on with your Krishna consciousness no matter where you are. And the essential things are chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, following the four regulative principles, reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and service. We have to find some practical service to do to please Srila Prabhuapda and Krishna. That is why Krishna consciousness is called “devotional service.” We have to use our energy to do something practical to serve Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. Of course chanting Hare Krishna is service. But it is a prayer also, “Please Krishna engage me in Your service.” So we should always be anxious to do the service when Krishna offers it to us.

  23. narasimhabhakta says:

    hare Krishna prabhu

    I would like to know the significance of numbers 8,16 and 32 in vaishnavism.

    namaskar

  24. Kalpana says:

    Hare Krishna, I do japa as shown in temple but want to know significance of keeping tulsi beads inside the bags while doing japa.
    hare krishna

    • Hare Krishna Kalpana

      The bead bag protects the beads but you can also put them around your neck and chant like that if you prefer. It is not a hard-and-fast rule that you have to chant with your beads in the bead bag. The main thing is to chant:

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

      and the beads are a system to enable you to keep track of how many times you have chanted the mantra. That is their purpose. And because they are tulsi beads and Srimati Tulsi devi is a pure devotee of Krishna touching her transcendental body while chanting Hare Krishna is also very helpful and purifying.

      So out of respect for Srimati Tulsi devi it is good to keep the beads protected in the bead bag. Still if you find it easier to chant Hare Krishna with the beads out of the bag then you can do that also. But you have to be careful to not let the beads touch the floor or your feet as this would be offensive. So the bead bag protects from this sort of offense.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  25. mbkisore says:

    We have a small temple at home now. I started chanting only last year and chant 108 beads once in the morning and once at night. My problem is, although I mostly take veg food, I wish to take chiken and egg sometime (like once in a week or so). Please advise whether I can still continue chanting with taking non-vegitarian or is it absolutely essential to completely avoid non-vegitarian food. Whenever I take non-veg, I take a bath and then chant, is it OK this way. Since we have been taking non-veg hitherto, I am finding it difficult to completely avoid taking non-veg. Your response will be highly appreciated on my personal email . Regards

    • Hare Krishna Kishore

      Of course you should give up eating meat but if you can not that does not mean that you should stop chanting Hare Krishna. In any condition of life, no matter what, you should keep chanting Hare Krishna. That will give you the strength to improve, the strength to come to the proper platform. You can concentrate on trying to increase the chanting of Hare Krishna and instead of eating meat you can prepare a very nice offering to Krishna and if you make a nice offering like this and Krishna accepts your offering it will be much more satisfying than meat.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy! [no matter what]

      Madhudvisa dasa

  26. Ashish says:

    Jai Srila Prabhupada.
    Hare krishna

  27. Raghu Vinod says:

    Hare Krishna !

    I am really glad I found this thread, because I have few clarifications to make.

    1. I live alone, I am working and I don’t cook. I eat outside everyday, three times a day. As you say, the food must be cooked and offered to the Lord, so in my case, what should I do ? As of now, before I eat, I say a small prayer thanking the Lord for the food and request him to kindly accept my breakfast,lunch and dinner, even the water or the chocolate I eat at times.

    2. I have a Rudraksh mala on me and I wanted to know if I could use the same for chanting and meditating on the Maha Mantra. I understand that the Tulsi Mala is preferred and I can certainly buy one and use that for chanting, but in that case, what can I possibly do with my Rudraksh Mala ? At the end of the day, I just want to please my Lord.

    3. I wish to join ISKCON, I am 26 years old and I am very sure that I want to join ISKCON full time. KIndly let me know the procedure.

    4. Lastly, I get all these unwanted thoughts, note that they are not regular, but when they come, they pack a potent punch and leave me distressed. These thoughts are vile in nature and the minute they surface in my mind, I pray to the Lord. My guilt stems from the fact that I had these thoughts and I am unable to stop them. I don’t know how to stop them from coming.

    Finally thank you very,very much for helping me out.

    Hare Krishna !

    • Hare Krishna Raghu

      Thanks for the good questions.

      Really if you live alone it is better to cook for Srila Prabhupada and Krishna and offer the bhoga to Srila Prabhupada so you can accept the prasadam. Otherwise if you don’t cook for Srila Prabhupada and Krishna you have to eat food that is cooked by non-devotees and that will not be good for your consciousness and this is one source of the bad thoughts that you mention in your last question. When people cook their consciousness goes into the food so if someone with bad consciousness cooks and you eat it then you get contaminated by his consciousness. That is why devotees only accept Krishna prasadam.

      Sometimes we are forced to eat food that is not cooked by devotees. We can not really offer this to Krishna because that would actually be an offense, offering food cooked by non-devotees. It is a personal thing and we are supposed to be making these offerings to please Srila Prabhupada and Krishna, not to just feed ourselves. But anyhow sometimes it happens that we have to eat food that is cooked by non devotees and in such cases we can, as you do thank Krishna for it, but you can not actually offer it to Krishna, it is not offerable if it is not cooked by devotees. You can get fruits, milk, yoghurt, etc, and those things are not cooked so you can offer them.

      Anyhow it happens but it is not very good if you are doing this for three meals a day every day. The best thing is if you can somehow live with some other devotees and together you can cook and offer the bhoga to Srila Prabhuapda and Krishna..

      This eating food cooked by non-devotees three times a day will be a big stumbling block for you in making spiritual advancement and will be the cause of at least some of the bad thoughts you are experiencing.

      You can chant Hare Krishna on your rudraksha mala. The mala is ultimately a counting method. So if it has 108 beads you can use this to chant the Hare Krishna mantra on. You may like to get tulsi beads later but now the most important thing is to chant Hare Krishna so chant Hare Krishna on the mala that you have.

      As far as joining ISKCON full-time I do not recommend that at present. ISKCON is very mixed up at the moment and I think they can not help you very much in regard to making spiritual advancement. They have changed so many things since Srila Prabhupada left our material vision in 1977 that what is left is very different now from what Srila Prabhupada originally set up… It is better if you read Srila Prabhupada’s books and chant Hare Krishna and become Krishna consciousness living outside the temples at the moment.

      As far as stopping the bad thoughts coming you can not expect all the bad thoughts to stop immediately. We have a big store of these in our heart and they will come up. The best thing is to ignore them and not act on them and the more we are immersed in Krishna consciousness–chanting Hare Krishna and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books particularly–the more these bad thoughts will go away and be replaced by nice thoughts about Krishna. Krishna consciousness is a process and if you accept this process of chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and following the four regulative principles (no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication) and if you read Srila Prabhupada’s books seriously then you will make spiritual advancement and these bad thoughts will reduce more and more and ultimately go away.

      We have to fill our life with Krishna and the more we are Krishna conscious the less bad thoughts will bother us.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Raghu Vinod says:

        Hare Krishna !

        Thank you so much for your reply. Like you suggested, I do thank Krishna for the food and I also offered my food to Krishna all this while because truly, the food comes from him and I mean this spiritually. But again, I have made it a point to go to ISKCON near my house every day in the morning, so I eat the Krishna prasadam there and to associate more with the devotees like Prabhupada prescribed. I also got the permission to stay in ISKCON with a devotee over the weekend. That way, I will get to serve Krishna, the way all devotees serve him. And I have to seriously study Srila Prabhupada’s books along with chanting, that is the only way to control the mind and eat only Krishna prasadam, like you suggested.

        As for the beads, I am using a neem bead right now, until I get initiated, I was asked to not use the Tulsi beads. And finally,please tell me why is not proper to join ISKCON at this moment ? I would like to live like a devotee and get an initiation, when I am fully ready. I understand a person living in a desert can also be a devotee of Krishna, but you see living out there gnaws at my consciousness. Sure you could always say that a Krishna conscious person will be safe even in the unholiest of places. But because I am interested in joining full time, I sincerely request you to tell me what must I do if like you suggested, ISKCON has lost all its yesteryear’s glory, when Srila Prabhupada was around. Life seems a bit more different than before. Serving Krishna is more important now, serving myself is not. But honestly, I still make mistakes and I am rectifying them or atleast trying to as much as I can.

        Finally, a very big thanks for answering my questions.

        • Hare Krishna Raghu Prabhu

          The rule is to accept the things that are favorable for our advancement in Krishna consciousness and to reject those things that are not favorable. And the only way we can actually advance in Krishna consciousness is by the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna. So if ISKCON teach you to surrender to and serve Srila Prabhupada then that is good. But if they teach you to surrender to and serve someone else then unless that person is a pure devotee of Krishna your spiritual life will be ruined. ISKCON has ruined the spiritual lives of tens of thousands of devotees because they came to ISKCON attracted by Srila Prabhupada and looking for Krishna and ISKCON convince them that Prabhupada is dead and gone and they have to surrender to a ‘living guru’ and the history sadly shows that ISKCON’s living gurus at least so far we have seen have not been pure devotees with the spiritual potency to guide their disciples back home, back to Godhead. So this has been a great disaster for both the bogus gurus and their disciples.

          So if you join ISKCON and accept a bogus guru and in that way effectively reject the authority of Srila Prabhupada then that will become an almost insurmountable obstacle on your spiritual path. There nothing more destructive to your spiritual life than accepting as your guru and surrendering to a person who is not capable of guiding you back home back to Godhead.

          That is the great danger of associating with ISKCON and that is why at the moment I recommend you keep away from their association.

          I know it may seem a little difficult for you to be Krishna conscious in your own house and for you to cook for Srila Prabhupada yourself and offer the bhoga. But then you will know that you are actually getting prasadam…

          As you may have seen I have written elsewhere ISKCON have rejected the system of offering bhoga to the deities taught by Srila Prabhupada and now use a system which Prabhupada very clearly states that Krishna does not accept prasadam if it is offered in this way. So it is even doubtful if you can get prasadam at ISKCON these days…

          It is up to you of course to do what you think is best but my advice is to stay away from ISKCON completely.

          Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

          Madhudvisa dasa

  28. PETER GOODALL says:

    Answer me this, please, why offer food to Krishna if he doesn’t
    need to eat.? He is God and self- sufficent.

    • Hare Krishna Peter

      Krishna is self-sufficient. He does not need you to feed Him. But if you take the ingredients that He gives you and prepare a nice offering and offer it to Him He will accept the love that you are offering to Him. It is your expression of your love for Krishna that you want to cook something very nice for Krishna and offer it to Him. And if you do not do this, but instead cook for yourself, then you will be eating only sin and that will keep you trapped in the material world forever. So actually you benefit from cooking and offering food to Krishna because once Krishna has tasted the food it takes on a spiritual nature and when you eat the remnants, after it has been offered to Krishna, that prasadam will purify you and elevate you spiritually.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  29. mally says:

    I am chanting Mantra + out 4 – 3 Principles i follow but i am always indulging in bisexual activities . how can ileave i tried for 3 years and more . Is it i am going to hell or is it i dont have his mercy Please reply .

    • It is difficult without living in the association of devotees. If we live in the association of non-devotees they are just interested in sex and we get contaminated by that also. Association is very powerful.

      You have to at least want to stop and try to stop and I think that is only possible if you actually have some taste for chanting the Hare Krishna mantra and for devotional service. It will work if you actually read Srila Prabhupada’s books and follow the instructions in the books an actually chant without fail at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily. It is a very powerful process but if we don’t follow it doesn’t work. And of course it depends on the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna. You have to get the mercy of Srila Prabhupada which means you have to hear from him, read his books and follow his instructions.

      It is not easy. But the alternative of going to Hell is not a very good alternative either…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

      Madhudvisa dasa

  30. narendra says:

    Hare krishna,

    I would like to know the matra before we started chanting could u please let me know.

  31. khemchand says:

    feel good to come in touch with with u all spiritually awakened people. i would like to thank you for the newsletters and the purpose u have undertaken.
    hare krishna

  32. Brijesh Dani says:

    Hare Krishna MAdhudvisa Prabhu,

    What is the actual system of offering bhoga to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna ?
    Can we offer to their photographs if we dont have deities at home ?
    And when we offer on a plate to Srila prabhupada and Krishna and after sometime when it has become prasadam does it have to be mixed with the contents in the vessels in which the bhoga has been cooked or is it that only the plate offered is prasadam and not the contents of the vessels in which it has been cooked ? I hope you see what i am trying to clear my confusion….

    And since GOD is everywhere HE is also present within the deity and the photographs but is HE present everywhere as a person or as HIS energy ?

    And is Srila Prabhupada also simultaneously present in all of his deities existing anywhere ? I mean the jiva is localized so how can jiva be present simultaneously everywhere in his deity form ?

    • Just cook the food with love and devotion to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. What Krishna accepts is your love and devotion which you put into preparing the offering for Him. So just imagine Prabhupada and Krishna are coming to your house to eat and prepare a nice feast for them and feed them. That is all. If you cook with love and offer to the photo of Srila Prabhupada and Krishna then if you are really cooking for them and really offering the food to them with love and devotion they will accept your offering. Yes the photo of Krishna and the photo of Prabhupada and the deities are not different.

      Do not bother your mind with all these things. Just develop real love for Srila Prabhupada and Krishna and cook them wonderful offerings…

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!

  33. Bala Krishnan says:

    Hare Krishna Prabhu, (please reply)

    I am from south india. In the hare krishna mantra when i chant rama, lord ramachandra comes to my mind naturally. I want to serve krishna by going back to goloka vrindavan. Is it that when i refer rama in the hare krishna mantra to lord ramachandra i will go to ayodhya dham even though i like krishna very much and have a desire to serve him??? I have tried referring rama in the hare krishna mantra to balarama or krishna (supreme enjoyer) but failed. I only want to serve krishna(krishna tu bhagavan svayam)and not even other forms of the lord. In his bhagavad gita purport srila prabhupad says “one should not divert his attention even to the other forms of the lord” but i say rama only ramachandra comes to my mind. I personally like to chant the name krishna than rama in the hare krishna mantra. Can we go back to goloka vrindavan even if i chant in this way by referring rama as lord ramachandra.

    Please help me as i have noticed that this issue has affected my chanting very badly.

    • Hare Krishna Brijesh

      The benefits of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra really have nothing to do with what comes into your mind while chanting. Ideally we should just be concentrating on hearing the words of the mantra and not letting our mind run on so many other subject matters. So it does not matter what you think the Hare Krishna mantra means, it is only important that you chant it and hear it at least 16 rounds a day and that you strictly follow the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and that you read Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. That is all. So don’t worry. If you actually surrender to these things and follow them in due course of time the full meaning of the Hare Krishna mantra will be revealed to you.

      Chant Hare Krishna and be happy

      Madhudvisa dasa

      • Bala Krishnan says:

        Hare Krishna Prabhu,

        Thanks for your advice. I’ll try to practice in this way and see if I have some improvement. I’ll keep you posted

  34. Rita says:

    can a lady in her manstrual cycle do chantting

    • Yes. There are no rules and regulations for chanting Hare Krishna, we can, and should, and must, chant Hare Krishna in any condition of life…

  35. NEHA says:

    HARE KRISHAN


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