I attended a japa retreat this past August and wholeheartedly recommend that devotees attend. I also hope that those who attend share their experience with as many people as possible.
Please continue to share your valuable and honest realizations with us.
Please keep the “Japa Reform” mission alive.
I fail regularly to chant properly, but I know that this is where hope for my spiritual life lies. It is very helpful to know that devotees are striving to continually improve their chanting no matter what level they are at. It is very encouraging to know that devotees take the goal of pure chanting very seriously as their ultimate mission in life.
Just as overweight people can lose weight and regain their health and their lives, unconscious chanters can become conscious and regain their spiritual health and lives.
We are planning to have many levels of japa retreats. Also, in the not to distance future we intend to have distance learning courses on japa with both live and self paced interaction.
We also plan to have a regular japa newsletter. Only time is separating.
Chanting is our life and to the degree we neglect our chanting we are killing ourselves.
Japa junkies and aspiring japa junkies may like to check out http://japagroup.blogspot.com/
Dear Mahatma Das,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
This article is indeed the best article I’ve read so far on undeniable significance and potency of “chanting”. However, not many of us realise this as much as we should. By Guru and Krishna’s mercy, today was one of the rare days when I awoke early to chant and came across this article soon after I reached work. Thus, Krishna strengthened my faith “ye yatha mam prapadyante, tams taitava bhajami aham…”. From what I realised this morning, I would humbly like to suggest to you if you could add the “importance of morning chanting” somewhere in your article. I have chanted at many different times of the day, however, have realised and more importantly have heard from many Maharaja ji’s that efficacy of morning chanting is especially high.
Thanks and Regards.
Your humble servant,
I didn’t mention the early morning japa, but the idea of making japa a priority certainly entails chanting at a time and in a place most conducive to the best possible rounds we can chant. Also, if we make our intention to improve, Krsna will reveal to us the necessary changes we need to make to help us achieve those goals - and that includes the best situation and the best time to chant. I call this creating a Sacred Space for chanting. Part of my Sacred Space entails chanting early in the morning. But if I can’t finish all my rounds then, I still create my Sacred Space (undisturbed place and time) at another time so I can still chant good rounds later in the day.
But getting up early is not all that is required. I often see devotees at the morning temple wasting a fair amount of their japa time talking. So chanting good japa, as I said, must be preceeded by intention to chant well - and then doing everything possible to put our best effort into chanting. Krsna is so kind that he always reciprocates with these efforts. And He also reciprocates by disappearing when our chanting is apathetic.
Chanting is our life and soul, our heartbeat. Krsna consciousness is fully revealed in the holy name. If we neglect to chant well, in a sense we are throwing the most valuable possession we have, nama chintamani, away.
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