CHANTING & MANTRAS
If your mind roams, don’t beat yourself up, simply draw it back to the resonance of the Lord's divine names. Chanting this Maha Mantra is a prayer to Krsna. It means:
Endeavor to chant in a humble state of mind, a meditative mood, and with devotion. According to ancient Vedic literature, Lord Krishna is personally dancing on your tongue when you chant His holy name. How wonderfully blissful! :-)
These are called “japa” beads and highly recommended. They help to maintain a tally of how many mantras you chanted, as well as increases the ability to focus your attention on the sound vibration of these sacred Names.
Start chanting on a bead next to the head bead, rolling it gently between thumb and middle finger of right hand while simultaneously chanting the complete Hare Krsna mantra (16 syllables).
The time line for one round generally averages between 5-7 minutes, but time is really not so important, just a guide. Take however long you need.
Once a devotee receives spiritual initiation they vow before God and Guru to chant a minimum sixteen rounds “Hare Krsna mantra” daily. Of course more can be added on any particular day you feel enlivened, a holiday, etc. Simply the initiated need to be sure and maintain sixteen.
After some practice or time (or sooner) you may feel you could chant more than one etc round, then add to the number you were chanting daily.
Again and for anyone, on days of inspiration it’s perfectly ok and even a good idea to chant more than your selected number, due to enthused feelings, returning next day to lesser number of rounds, as long as we do so consciously.
That beads can be kept clean it's good to carry them inside a particular pouch called a “bead bag.” Someday I’ll have to figure out how to describe a sewing pattern for that, but beads can be used without one. Just be conscious and take care of them.
Just purchase 109 graded wooden beads and some strong string or thin rope or some have even used [new, clean] fishing line. String 108 of the beads.
This next point is important. In between each beads place a knot. Every time. This signifies Personalism.
String all your beads bringing the almost finished product together at the top, taking both cords, and string them thru the head bead.
Your now have your own set of japa beads!
WHITE TULASI MALA: 108 Beads, knotted after each bead [that's important.] Prayer beads. Currently $7.74. Click here for updated details.
NOTE: Most mala need to be soaked in OIL a couple weeks before using, or they may crack much more quickly. You can use any type of oil, tho Sesame is often used. I used Olive Oil once. It did the job but me and my beads smelled like olives for quite a while. ha Anyhow, if you choose to use Sesame oil, please get it through me here: AYURVEDIC BANYAN BOTANICALS CERTIFIED ORGANIC SESAME OIL, $15.99 as of now.
TULASI WOOD SUPERIOR GRADE MALA
"Singing of the Hare Krishna Mantra - very nice."
“Govinda [produced by George Harrison,sung by Yamunna dd]
“Sanskrit song about the Spiritual Master” [Here it is sung, when making offerings it is not sung but spoken.]
"Too cute! :) Child sings Hare Krishna in such a sweet mellow tune."
“Chanting on beads (not music - chant your japa along with Prabhupada just like we do at temple.)”
"MANTRA CHOIR" Whether knowing the words or not, this is worth listening to and so moving!"Giri Govardhana" another name of Krishna.
Enjoy your spiritual senses. They are real. There is some misunderstanding, at times, that we must turn off all senses. However, this is inaccurate. And impossible, because they came from God. Simply in the material world, with that all around us, is where we turn to please our sense. The basic explanation based on Prabhupada's teachings, is that we were made to be happy, to experience pleasure, and if we do not get it from our higher senses, we must get it somewhere so we turn to material senses. Now knowing we can still have pleasure with Krishna, we can do it differently.
Spiritual life is so much fun I never 'got it' why some like to make it miserable. ha We eat sublime prasadam, dress unique [tho technically you can dress however you wish], smell offered incense, and boy can we sing! ha I don't mean we have to have great voices, that's even irrelevant. But we should belt it out, and take joy Krishna's names. And some of the younger generation have been having a bit of fun with that. :)
Often a person discovers japa and kirtana, when performed in front of an altar - a special place - becomes more personal, plus boosts efficiency. Simultaneously, there are no hard and fast rules, singing is fun! Here's a Sweet song for peace amongst us all. English - sing along. :)
Discover what gets your mojo going ha, and do it! Experience the bliss of singing the Maha Mantra!