Today many of the participants were chanting together. As they are from temples or BACE. Even kids are chanting. Lila Madhuri Mataji is chanting with her grand son and her daughter, Radhika. I am surprised to see my disciple and my blood brother Sri Ram from my village on the conference chanting. We welcome all the new devotees. As this will increase our numbers and increase our association. To make it little interactive , we will take up some questions.
Ojasvini Mataji: A few days ago I discussed about preparation for chanting. Before chanting attend mangal-aarti, Tulsi Pooja, recite Siksastakam and ten offenses, pray to Haridas Thakur and then take a seat and chant. So question is we have to get up at 2.30am , which is 6.00am here in India. So it's big struggle to get up and chant on conference. Then what to speak of all the preparatory part.So how it should be managed?
Guru Maharaja : Whatever I mentioned should be done in normal circumstances. May be devotees in India can do it. But for devotees from overseas, you don't have to follow all that. You can do mangal-aarti after chanting. Or take some rest in between. Because I also mentioned on one of the days that you cannot be Yogi or Bhakti Yogi if you don't sleep enough. Krsna says too much or too little cannot be Yogi. One who eats too much or too little can't be Yogi. So make sure you have well rested. Devotees from Ukraine and Russia have to go to bed early. 'Early to bed, early to rise makes man healthy wealthy and wise.' So you should also be wise. Sleep at 9.00pm, so that you can get up early. Don't just be a fanatic follower, or follow things blindly. Each person, each body has its own needs, interests and concerns. I know one of the sannyasi's HH Bhakti-Vaibhav swami Maharaja sleeps for 3 - 4 hours and he is done with his rest. I know I can't manage with that less sleep. So this applies to you also.
I keep saying this things from time to time that if you take some trouble, undertake some inconveniences , go out of your way to chant, then that increases your credit. You get more benefit. Lord is more pleased with you , more than with devotees from India. When we undergo some inconveniences, then it's a ‘ tapasya’ in spiritual language. Any tapasya is purifying -yasmat suddhe brahma saukyam tu anantam one willingly undergoes some inconveniences, which results in happiness. You derive pleasure. You walk on your feet, you get distressed physically, so that is a Parikrama tapasya. Then we say “ From blisters to Bliss”. You tolerate those blisters, and still continue walking which ultimately brings bliss, or Madhavnandini Mataji can further advise on how to organize your schedule for devotees from Russia and Ukraine. Body, mind and soul - which constitutes ourselves, has to have some well being.
Ganesh: Please enlighten us on the verse of Siksastakam.
Guru Maharaja: I have been saying, there is some study materials, scriptures, reference material which will help and inspire you to chant. Help you to concentrate while chanting. Make your chanting meditative. I have been talking of literatures and instructions. Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu himself said to study Siksastakam. You will find a chapter entitled Siksastakam in Caitanya Caritamrita, Antya Lila, Chapter 20 which are the 8 instructions of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. If you read and study that chapter it will give you detailed understanding. Because he gives those 8 verses and then gives his own commentary. As Srila Vyasdev wrote Vedant- sutra and then gave commentary on it, which is Srimad Bhagavatam. That is why Prabhupada also writes, Srimad Bhagavatam is a natural commentary on Vedanta-sutra, by the same author. So likewise he gave 8 instructions on Siksastakam and then he gives his commentary on each of those. Not very long or elaborate, but a short commentary. You should read or study that and then Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur as well as Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur have written a commentary of Siksastakam named “ Sammohini Bhasya”. Study that. Because having a session on it will become too long and our temple devotees have to get ready for greeting the Deities. I will make some comments on Siksastakam , sometime in future.
Murali Mohan Prabhu from Ahamdabad is seeking blessings for conducting Padayatra in Ahmedabad on 17th. He joins our session every single day with his family. I extend my blessings for same. Others also could take this up and I am very ready, eager to bless them also. That is a public chanting, chanting congregationally on Nagar-sankirtana on a one day Padayatra. According to Haridas Thakur, one gets hundred times more benefit, by chanting out loud compare to Japa. That is - param vijayate sri krshna sankirtanam (Siksastakam verse 1) So he is promoting that we should do congregational chanting.
Hari! Hari! Gaur Premanande Hari Hari bol !