26th May 2019 Siksastakam: Importance of singing and chanting the holy names of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has given us Siksastakam. This needs to be read carefully and studied. We should concentrate on each verse and meditate on these while chanting. For chanters, this is an appropriate way start to japa. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Himself would meditate on the mood of these verses before japa. Many temples recite Siksastakam before chanting to create the right mood and right focus for our mind. The Siksastakam which is a Gaudiya vaisnava prayer of eight verses was composed in Sanskrit by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. These eight verses are concise but profound. krishna nama-sankirtana 1. Cleanses our chitta which is compared to a mirror. 2. Extinguishes this great forest-fire of material existence. 3. Like lotus of excellence spreads cooling moonlight. 4. Gives knowledge of life which is compared to a spouse who helps us flourish. 5. Increases our bliss-intellect. 6. At each step gives taste of complete amrita (nectar). 7. Is all atma-attractive / attracts atma fully. 8. Victorious is Sri Krishna's sankirtana. Within his Siksastakam, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu stresses the importance of singing (bhajan) and chanting (japa) the names of God. Nama ruci can be achieved if you want to increase your taste for chanting then chant with accomplished and other faithful people. By serving the vaishnavas, nama ruci will grow. If you want to chant with more attention and offenselessly, chant with the attraction for the holy names, with feeling, then serve the vaisnavas. Do some vaishnava seva with all those that you will associate today by sharing kirtana, Srila Prabhupada’s books with them or darsana of the Deity. By doing this, Krsna will be pleased with all these endeavours and when you chant after doing all this, your taste for chanting will increase, (nama ruci will increase).