CONCENTRATE ONLY ON SOUND OF MAHAMANTRA!
Summary of previous class. -
If we chant while walking then our mind also moves along with the body because of that our mind can't concentrate on chanting. Guru maharaj was saying running around or walking is tamogun the mode of ignorance, standing is mode of passion and sitting down and chanting is mode of goodness. Guru maharaj also said we all can make our home into Goloka or Vaikuntha. If there are deities in the home, we can chant our rounds properly, if there is Tulasi and there photographs of the Lord, then your home gets converted into the dham, and everyday you are chanting in the dham.
Time factor is also important, morning time is the best time. There is a predominance of goodness in the morning, daytime is passion, and night time is ignorance. Countryside is in mode of goodness, living in the cities is in passion, and residing in in dirty places, dark, not well lit, bad smell is all in the mode of ignorance. So we should select properly. If we chant in the holy dham, we could chant in the holy dham then that is above the mode of ignorance and passion. More than that you could create dham like situation wherever you are. You can make your home into a dham, Vaikuntha or Goloka. One may have deities at home, photographs on the wall of devotees and deities, of past times of the Lord, there is a cow in the courtyard, there is tulasi plant in the courtyard or room, big pile of Prabhupada books are there, then that makes home into a holy place or Vaikuntha. If there are some devotees also chanting at home, then we could create dham like situation at home and chant. Then you could say that you are chanting in the dham. By chanting in the dham you have better access to the Lord. Chanting in the dham means, Lord resides there, so you are not very far from the Lord. You have a very easy access to the Lord. Lord is just in close proximity with you. Or chanting of
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
This chanting is called or when we are chanting, we are dialling Krishna's number. There are 16 digits. This is a telephone number of the Lord. So, we are calling Hare Krishna, if you are calling in the dham then that becomes like a local call. Local call versus long distance international call. Long distance call sometimes we cannot hear properly, hello …. hello... hello, are you hearing? Can you hear me? Now the phones are improving thirty years ago, there used to be a struggle to hear what the other person is saying. Calling or telephoning in the dhama is a local call. Calling from same town not long distance so you can hear properly. Also, local calls are cheap sometimes free, long distance calls are very expensive. So we could & we should be in the dhama or create a situation like dhama wherever we are chanting everyday could be made like a dhama. So, these various things that we are talking is for we have to improve our chanting. Chant with meaning. We have to do more attentive chanting, attentive, or we should hear what we are chanting. Whether mind is in that situation or mind is free, more free, and not preoccupied or engaged, already mind is engaged, in so many thoughts and new thoughts are also coming. So we are wherever we are, we are running, talking doing so many things, and if you are sleeping then you are chanting is off. Then we have to be observant. We have to hear, hear the holy name. And not do mental japa. There is something called as mansik japa. Chant in the mind. Gaytri Mantra that we chant, the brahmins chant, should be chanted in the mind. That is allowed, gaytri mantra has to be chanted in the mind. Within the mind you chant and hear, imbibe the, meaning & spirit within. But chanting of Hare Krishna, there is a sravanam Kirtanam and smaran. We have to hear, sravanam. If there is no chanting then how could we hear? In order to hear- sravanam we have to do kirtanam. Srila Prabhupada used to say that tongue must vibrate. We have to use our lips. I don't know how you chant. Sometimes there is no chanting and because you are not chanting there is no hearing. Or instead you are not hearing Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, you hear some other sounds as atmosphere is filled with the sounds. There are so many sounds all around. So, if we do not make any sound, Hare Krishna sound vibration and if we don't hear that, they are just quietly chanting then our ears are going to be hearing some other sounds which are there coming in your direction. During chanting we don't want to hear anything else, but hear the Hare Krishna sound. So, we have to create the sound, vibrate the tongue. Say
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare.
We hear while we are chanting. there are so many other sounds, which are forced upon you, imposed upon you and you fall prey to that, you are forced to hear those sounds. But our decision and determination should be, that I want to hear the Hare Krishna sound now and nothing else. If we don't chant & hear Hare Krishna sound, then not only we will end up in hearing other sounds but we also will end up hearing so many sounds of our mind. Mind is making so many sounds within & is always busy. Weather sounds or, sounds from within the mind bla bla bla…. Our mind is thinking all the time, what happened last night and what happened yesterday, he did this to me and he did that to me, I have got hurt. All these thoughts sounds are bombarded. Thoughts, thought is a sound. So, during chanting we don't want to hear any other additional non-Krishna sounds. We don't want to hear our minds sounds, minds thoughts which may be are not Krishna conscious thoughts. They may be ignorant thoughts or passionate thoughts and goodness thoughts but not transcendental thoughts. But we want to create new transcendental thoughts in the mind. Not hearing the outside thoughts and not hearing mind thoughts, but here new thoughts in the mind by chanting of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna. We want this chanting of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna arousing, reviving our dormant love for Krishna. Sravanam kirtanam Vishnuhu smaranam. Hearing and chanting leads to remembering. Say Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, hear Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, and remember Krishna in the mind.
Prabhupada also said during one recorded Japa talk, that "sit properly!" So, he didn't elaborate or explained what sitting properly is, but he just said sit properly. So, we know from the sastras and 6th chapter of Bhagavad Gita, the meaning of "sit properly". What's the meaning of sitting properly is explained in the sixth chapter of Bhagavad Gita. So, sitting properly also explains about an asana. That is very important in the process of meditation. Yam ,niyam, aasan ,pranayam ,pratyahara, dhyan, dharana, samadhi. Samadhi is the eighth and ultimate goal of meditation, but it has 7 previous parts of meditation. So, for the Bhakti Yogis also, this process is applicable and useful. Asana is part of the asta-anga, there are eight parts. One of them is asana. For japa or mantra meditation sleeping is not the asana, as that is savasana. Sava means dead. Lying like a dead body so one asana is called savasana. No lying down, that is not the asana. Tadasana is also not the asana for chanting like the Hiranyakashipu who was standing with the arms stretched. But sitting is a right asana or right posture. Sitting like this is called sukhasan. You are relaxing so, it is called sukhasan. Then there is also padmasana, lotus like, take your one feet up from fold of other leg, your soles should be upwards. It's difficult aasan. There is also vajrasan, like this Prabhu is sitting. Hanuman sits like this. So, there are few asanas, like that. Radhanath maharaj sometimes sits & chants in these asanas. Sukhasan or padmasana or vajrasana. That's the sitting properly for chanting.
You all are here for Russian festival, Sadhu-Sang festival, near the banks of black sea. Kala Samudra. Kala is black. Lot of rushis have arrived here in Russia. Russia or Rushayaha the name comes from the plural of rushi. Muni - munayaha, rushi - rushyaha. One time this was the land of rishis. There were so many rushis, and that's how the land was called Rusayaha, which became Russia. Moscow, comes from Moksha. Capital where one gets moksha or liberation. Where Rushi - rushyaha were attaining moksha. So how many devotees are here, who are attending? 7000 rishis are here, 7000 devotees have gathered here, for the festival called Sadhu-Sang. Sadhu- sang is the name of the festival. We are addressing some of our followers from various parts. There are devotees from Ukraine and Russia also.