Our mahajana is Srila Prabhupada and he has ordered his disciples to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily on beads and we must do this. I have already read Srila Prabhupada’s Nectar of Devotion, and I shall go through chapter 8 and 9 again. I am only asking about the mantras for Lord Vishnu(or Lord Krishna). This is a great science and if one wants to understand it in full he has to study it. Not that when we finish 16 rounds we stop chanting. If you meet a devotee then you should talk about Krishna. i got used to chaant the manthra right from six months. I feel better now, and back on track. He is committing not following the rules and regulation. It is not wrong to distribute Prabhupada’s books for free, but it is much better if you can get a donation from the people because if they give you some of there hard-earned money, even if it is not much, then they will feel obligated to read the book. That is the whole point of chanting. Krishna appears in His original transcendental spiritual body. As long as we are attached to sex for our own pleasure we will not be able to become Krishna conscious and we will not be able to get free from the material world. We should be making nice offerings to Krishna and trying to please Him and whatever we have offered to Krishna, whatever is Krishna prasadam we can can be very glad to accept that ourselves as Krishna’s mercy. So these things you mention are clearly explained by Srila Prabhupada to breaking the regulative principles and sinful. Well i also agree for sure that they have no knowledge(material knowledge does not matter) but it seems like it i saying about life and the people they interact with. Is it ok to chant Hare Krishna as a whisper so to not wake up household members? This is the beginning. But I am trying hard and reading the Bhagavad gita as it is daily, have read other books written by Srila Prabhupada and listen to his lectures. But I need to learn how can I take care of my soul after death to get connected to our dearest One. Yes. So these people who we get to chant Hare Krishna who have no idea really what it is, that is actually namabhasa and it is very, very powerful. Even after making them understand they still not get it and you can not avoid them. 1. where will i get bonafied spritual master in mumbai,india. So it just requires a little determination. will u take appropriate measures to lit the fire of spirituality within us?…this is not an argue but the appeal towards the pillars of spiritual scholars. That is the point. Very difficult to find any real devotee association. Any advice you may have for me to find my way back to Krishna, I would really appreciate it. If you stop chanting your study and exam results will be worse, not better. Chanting Hare Krishna is the only way to make spiritual advancement in this age of Kali. You can become Krishna conscious in any situation. Dear Madhudvisa dasa No problem. So there are two aspects to controlling the tongue. Unfortunately, I was not able to quote him anything from Srila Prabhupada at that time. 3. For example remembering Krishna upon death will elevate us to the spiritual world (even if it’s not Vrindavan); is this possible if we haven’t met a spiritual master or haven’t completely surrendered to them? I will really be grateful to you.Sometimes I think about not living anymore as well. I was astonished , i told the monk that i had come for Gita and lord Krsna had fulfilled my wish. True love is only discovered when we reestablish our eternal loving relationship with Krishna. That is why there are 108 beads on a set of japa beads… Yes. The only possibility of becoming Krishna conscious and escaping from the material world is by the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna. There is no point whatsoever in preaching to a person who is not at least a bit submissive and a bit interested in hearing what you have to say. Because I am studying in 10th std and I have to prepare for board exams. In a ordinary prison the very dangerous prisoners are chained in with iron shackles so they will not be able to escape, this material world is also a prison and we are chained here in the material world by sex. And if you actually chant sincerely every day at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha mantra and follow the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day then very soon you will see that your mind will be completely controlled when you are chanting Hare Krishna and you will feel practically that you are making tangible advancement in spiritual life…. So, was this simply a later practice started by devotees only and not an official rule propagated by Srila Prabhupada? Sara. i am not only one who has the problem but so many others who are also struggling to get rid of from this situation like maleecha. Get Prabhupada’s books and read them. If I keep chanting and reading will I eventually be able to control the senses? Why the God create our bodies to do so, both man & woman’s bodies were designed, & created, & engineered, to enjoy the pleasures of sex w/our spouse?? These are the symptoms that you are associating with a real acharya. Too much heat from Mantra can cause hormonal imbalance, dehydration and other problems. Lord Caitanya is very merciful, there are no offenses considered when we chant the Panca-Tattva maha mantra, but the offenses are considered when chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. So your guru, Srila Prabhupada is there, in his books and in his audio and video recordings also. We chant Prabhupada’s pranam mantras before anything. hare krishna prabhu!! somebody said if we dedicate our service to siksha guru, that is all useless. Greatness of the Dvaraka City ruled by Krishna –Description! Many people kill the child by abortion which is murder and hideously sinful and if you have the child he will be ‘varna sankara’, an unwanted child, and will grow up badly. It does not happen immediately. There will be many offenses for sure. I am also very puzzled by why this is a sinful action. But really even if we are attached to something because we like the taste of it that is also an addiction. Actually in the beginning we can not chant the Hare Krishna mantra purely. I’m brand new to this, and I’ve only read The Science of Self-realization & it was great, but I’ve run into some issues. The Hare Krishna mantra, also referred to reverentially as the Maha Mantra ("Great Mantra"), is a 16-word Vaishnava mantra which is mentioned in the Kali-Santarana Upanishad and which from the 15th century rose to importance in the Bhakti movement following the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.This mantra is composed of two Sanskrit names of the Supreme Being, "Krishna" and "Rama." IS Hearing hare krishna mantra is better than chanting. There will be some difficulties for sure as we try to make advancement in Krishna consciousness. prabhu ji…shree radhey… she was able keep me going and that path has led me back to Krishna. It is going to make it very difficult for you to advance in Krishna conscionsess. And there are examples of devotees who have become perfect by hearing only [Maharaja Pariksit], chanting only, worshiping only, praying only, etc. So can I consider Lord Narshimha equal to Krishna during chanting? I spend my whole life traveling Prabhu and everywhere I chant on japa beads. So if you simply surrender to Srila Prabhupada and actually chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and read Srila Prabhupada’s books and strictly follow the four regulative principles (no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication) then you will become Krishna conscious and everything will change in your life and by your good association your parents and family members will also advance in spiritual life. So the point is when you know about the offenses then you increase your chanting and by the power of the holy name your consciousness is purified and the offenses disappear. I have not created these rules. My husband & children do not attend w/me. The big bead after the Krishna bead or the small one? If there was any bonafide spiritual master in ISKCON they would have thrown him out by now. Back in the mid 1970’s when I was first instructed by a devotee on how to practice the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, he never talked about chanting Srila Prabhupada’s pranam mantra in Japa practice. Why would anyone ever want to hurt a buddhist? But Srila Prabhupada has set up this minimum of 16 rounds per day. So we have to become very strong and determined to actually follow the process and we have to surrender to a pure devotee of Krishna because the only way we can actually get the mercy of Krishna is by pleasing His pure devotee. That is what it is meant for. I am eating onion and garlic. ”. So i started chanting again but have forgotten all but Hari Krishna mantra. (5) In this way, chant on each of the 108 beads until you reach the master bead again. Beautiful teachings by Srila Prabhupadaji. So that is the way. How should females do japa during their monthly cycles? Is this association still sense-gratification really. But we have to realize we can have the association of Srila Prabhupada, the best devotee, at any time. But you have to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and try very hard to strictly follow the four regulative principles. In this site, he writes the friendly and practical tips for the practice of devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! I have been chanting the mahamantra for quite some time now and I have dissociated myself from destructive habbits that I had earlier. If you leave it alone it will go away quickly, but if you scratch it it will become infected and be a great problem. But they use whatever knowledge they may have for materialistic purposes. So just stop using onions and garlic in your cooking. So once you are in contact with Srila Prabhupada you will always know what to do. We don’t care about the etiquette of a particular society. And concentrate on becoming Krsna Consciousness like chanting 16 rounds of the Hare Krsna mantra, following the four regulative principles and reading 1-2 hours of Srila Prabhupada right. Uninitiated devotee has to wear 2 rounds of tulsi beads around neck…if he follows four regulative principles strictly…Is it true…? So I chant the Panca-Tattva before each round because that is what the devotees taught me to do in the beginning and that is what everyone was doing in ISKCON at least back then when I was in ISKCON. I have always had trouble falling asleep – it can take anywhere from half an hour to 2 hours for me to finally nod off. If we are unable to find a bona fide spiritual master within our lifetime for some reason, yet we still surrender to Krishna and follow the principles, will we be able to attain at least the Vaikuntha planets? You have to surrender to the bona fide pure devotee and serve him. Just look up offensive chanting and see what Srila Prabhupada says about it. It is better to stay awake and chant Hare Krishna and read the scriptures but if your schedule does not permit this it is not offensive to take rest. All types of doubts are doubts are arising in my mind. On the absolute platform there is no difference between the Hare Krishna mantra and the om namo bhagavate vasudevaya mantras. In the Kali-yuga Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu declares: Hari nam hari nam hari nam anukevalam kalu nastay kalu nastey eva anyatha. The key is ‘faithless’. Guruji, may I always remember You constantly and strictly follow the four regulative principals, all the days of my life, without fail. Once you have made your life perfect you can preach to the people around you and help them to make their lives perfect also. In chanting Hare Krishna and engaging in devotional service. It is not just a philosophy. And they are places like the supermarket which have food varieties in goodness,passion and ignorance. The real situation is that everyone in the material world is being forced to act by the modes of material nature. So just do that. hare KRISHNA . That is the problem of the material world. Can I still be Krsna conscious? I have been chanting the name of my family deity since 2 years. But one can not come to the point of experiencing this spiritual pleasure unless he is prepared to follow the rules and regulations… That is just cheating and will not have much effect at all. The thing is we don’t make meals for ourselves. So please do it. And preaching to the wrong person is offensive and associating with the wrong person can destroy our spiritual advancement and accepting someone who is not a pure devotee of Krishna as his spiritual master will be a very big problem in his spiritual life. With beads you can not take them into the restroom for example, but you can chant Hare Krishna in the restroom even. Thus, if a person completes a round within 5 minutes, that means, he has (i) not concentrated on manthra or (ii) omitted some terms of manthra, or (iii) skipped some beads  (less than 108 times). In regard to chanting the Mahamantra, is it necessary to chant out loud or can one simply chant in our mind? It means he wants a lot of people to die. Harev Krsna Madhudvisa dasa prabhuji. Kindly reply when time permits. sir it is said that hare krishna maha mantra saves one from becoming an animal in next life is it true ? There are no rules and regulations in regard to chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. You have to know that this sex life for enjoyment is not spiritual, it is material and it is the opposite of spiritual life. The point is to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day and you need some way of counting the number of times you have chanted. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Hare Krishna. I am helping you when I say that if you want to be happy you have to follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication and chant at least 16 rounds a day of the Hare Krishna mantra and read Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. I should not associate care, accept, bother, hear or take seriously or feel offended by non-devotees of any kind no matter who they are (including regular people, mental-speculators, Iskcon , others) and forget about them and what they say, said or will say(like their ideas, speculations, opinions) in the past, present,future? Thankyou very much i was very worried thankyou for clearing my doubt i will start chanting Hare Krishna maha mantra and pray to god to give me strength thankyou thankyou❤️. living in iskcon hostel. It is more or less imagination for those who can not understand Krishna but can understand the universe as a form of the Supreme Lord. If you do not answer any other inquiries it is fine. So Lord Nrsimhadeva is Krishna, but in a different mood. Having sex in marriage according to the regulative principles to produce children that can be trained up as devotees of Krishna. Haribol!!! Hare krishna Madhudvisa dasa, There is no other purpose for our life. It is a great disadvantage to be in India and to be drowned in bogus impersonal philosophy from birth. Egg is non-veg… You can not offer egg to Krishna. We have to understand this. And will do it before listening to lectures also and chant Prabhupada pranam mantras 3 times a day bowing down before him and more. I want to know , when to chant hare krishna maha mantra. It is true that people get addicted to such stuff, & thus should refrain from it. You have to keep chanting at least 16 rounds a day and strictly follow the four regulative principles and read Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day and in time you will be able to concentrate on the chanting. As you read Srila Prabhupada’s books he will personally instruct you, guide you, help you, answer your questions. Just keep chanting and regulate (if you are not able to give up completely) your adult film work . Just like there are eight methods of worship for Lord Krishna like hearing, chanting, remembering etc, there are 8 forms of sexual indulgence, and it is not that only with a partner these acts can be done, being alone too these acts can be done, through self indulgence. That is not permissible. Now that i have again become a drunkard and smoker and non-vegetarian, i want to go back to the same place ie iskcon. You don’t have to leave your partner. So we have to organize our life so our tongue only vibrates the Hare Krishna mantra and Krishna katha, talks about Krishan, and the tongue only tastes Krishna prasadam–then we will be able to control the genitals. What to do? This is the way to spiritualize our work. I am very worried and confused. Although Krishna consciousness is our natural original consciousness, we are in maya’s kingdom now, and it is not easy to escape from the clutches of maya. You can not have quality chanting without quantity. If you want to make advancement in Krishna consciousness then you have to follow the four regulative principles and chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra every day and read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day, at least. There is no simple way. There are so many sahajiyas, so many rascals, chanting Hare Krishna, and they don’t get any significant results and they can do this for so many births and still not get any significant result. We can not expect to become Krishna conscious without surrendering to doing these things. All these things are very powerful. We have to follow in the footsteps of the mahajanas. More of Krishna and less of Maya. You can chant the mantras given to you by your bona fide spiritual master. That is chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily, strictly following the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication, and reading Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. That will purify everything. So yes. When we are delivered by Lord Caitanya we are not fallen any more. I am confused. He has been counselling through social media and websites since the year 2011. Then you should find that matches the other calendars also. Regards So do now worry so much about this, just remember that if you sense the person you are speaking to about Krishna does not want to hear it then it is better not to try to force it on them. You have to chant the Hare Krishna mantra every day at least 16 rounds, you have to strictly follow the four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication, and you have to read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. He sends His pure devotee to the material world to act on His behalf and if we want to get to Krishna we have to go via His pure devotee. (11) Don’t chant while taking bath or in toilet! Big maya. And he is always searching for the association of devotees who are more advanced than him. Actrually my father was saying what these guys teach is wrong or that useless. I’m although doing 16 rounds which i try to do more offence-less on daily practice, but sex desire is growing… As soon as I see a girl – I keep stare at her and Krishna’s shloka comes in sometimes in my mind – janm – mritu – jara – vyadhi and all – but I still do and then realize – oh! As far as garlic and onions this is not really in the four regulative principles but there is a very important principle that as devotees we should only take Krishna prasadam, food prepared by devotees and offered to Krishna. Therefore Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has recommended that although this age of Kali is a very difficult time for spiritual life still there is one very great benefit, “This Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults but there is one great benefit, simply by chanting Hare Krishna one can very easily be liberated.”. This is the respect we show to Krishna! I am not following the four regulations of Srila Prabhupada. Srivasadi Gaura Bhakta Vrinda. To become Krishna conscious requires tapasys, voluntary suffering for the purpose of making spiritual advancement. I have a tendency to preach on lord Krishna to the faithful and Unfaithful. if you want to solve a problem then solve it without anger. Essential. Anyways if i had done anything wrong may lord krishna gave mercy to me…so coming into his questions…. so I greatly feel that as being a human being our final destination is LORD KRISHNA. So I wonder how with all that has happened in the movement do I find a true bonafied spiritual master? So the point of Krishna consciousness is to give up our own personal desires and to surrender to Krishna and do what Krishna wants us to do. You can not do anything at all to help others until you help yourself. We don’t want to surrender to Krishna and serve Him. Just like if you associate with fire you will get warm. Hare krishna prabhu. A devotee never does anything for himself. HE HAS ALSO INVESTED HIS POWERS IN THEM. Both are braking the regulative principles and both will frustrate our advancement in spiritual life. And read Prabhupada’s books every day 1-2 hours, that will give you strength and help to control the senses also. Therefore you need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. So we can become addicted to sugar and then for us sugar becomes an intoxication, an addiction. The real surrender to Srila Prabhupada, making the mission of Srila Prabhupada your mission–that is initiation. As far as om namo bhagavate vasudevaya. And the only way we can surrender to Krishna is by surrendering to a pure devotee of Krishna. I want to install an altar in my house. New people need to be offered sumptuious Krishna prasadam and have to be engaged in kirtans with pure devotees and need to be engaged in practical service in assisting pushing on Srila Prabhupada’s mission. So a devotee wants to give them a chance to associate with devotees. Actually the job is not the point. So to find out who is a bona fide spiritual master you have to study Srila Prabhupada’s books. I have no idea if there is a Dubai ISKCON group. Please clear these things because different people tell different things. And surrounded by karmis we have to associate with someone and the association of non-devotees is very contaminating. As I said it does not mean you have to give up your education and your plans to be successful in the material world, but you have to get things in the right order. (15) ‘JAPA’ means ‘Speak softly’. You will never be able to light the fire like this. That is a very good idea. That is service to Krishna. That is the maha-mantra, that is the recommended process for spiritual elevation in this current Kali-yuga, there is no other way, no other way, no other way. ISKCON is so hopelessly deviated from the teachings of Srila Prabhupada it is better if you never go to an ISKCON temple. ..And rightly said for achieving Krishna just chanting will get one nowhere. So chanting one round will take typically about 10 minutes, therefore theoretically one could chant 64 rounds in eight hours although for me personally it always takes much longer than that because I chant slowly and tend to space out…. I have 1 doubt. So that is the main point. That is why it is ideal to live in the association of devotees who are strictly following the regulative principles but that association is also very, very difficult to find nowadays. But my family deity is Lord Narshimha. There are many tests given to us by maya to see how serious we really are at surrendering to Srila Prabhupada and Krishna–and maya will always try to convince us through our mind that this chanting is no good and we should stop it. of rounds of chanting daily, try to complete it every day without fail. NAMAS TE SARASVATE DEVE GAURA VANI PRACARINE NIRVISESA SUNYAVADI PASCHATYA DESA TARINE. They are intoxicants and they are addictive. So the approach with actual demons is different. Stop eating animal products and unnatural foods that contain chemicals and additives. Read Here! That is the process. Read Srila Prabhupada’s books, and that will arm you will all the knowledge you need. You are doing nicely and keep on chanting Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds a day. He respects my choice to attend ISKCON Centre for prayers. Chanting Hare Krishna once is good. Spiritual emotion is difficult to attain if you have less understanding about your connection with God. I was fearing that you will be very critical or severe to me because of my actions but you explained it in a very kind way. I am waiting for your generous reply……………….. Yes. But as Bhagavad Gita says, “One must conquer the mind. Only Consciousness matters here! Krishna knows what we want so we have to want the right thing. It is very necessary to chant the Hare Krishna mantra aloud so you can hear it. It is best to chant on beads but not compulsory. He does everything for Krishna. What is the best time to chant hare Krishna maha Mantra or we can chant anytime? Actually the only way we can enjoy is by serving Krishna. I am Unable to come out of those materialistic programmes even then i will daily chant maha manthra as my responsibility. So becoming celibate seems impossible and crazy. Everything related to the body like father, mother, brothers, sisters, etc. Is it compulsory to chant with beads and 16 time without fail. Hare krishna. It is too light for me. So gay people are not allowed unless I leave my life partner or decide to become celibate for the last 40 years of our lives? with your grace I was chanting 16 rounds daily. What is the problem? Traditionally in these situations devotees have used a ‘clicker’: https://krishnastore.com/japa-clicker-hand-tally-for-mahamantra-chanting-h-krishna-1120.html, to keep track of how many mantras they have chanted. That is just the way it is. Sankirtan, congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. The following are the 8 ways spiritual emotion can manifest. (4) Though you can chant even while doing works,  do not count them in calculation; (5) Do not include in the targeted rounds, those chanting rounds that were done while watching T.V, Computer, using Mobile phone, while eating, while lying on bed or while chatting with  others! Can we chant mahamantra even after going toilet . So sex in married life according to the regulative principles Krishna says “I am”. We can only offer Krishna things in the mode of goodness and garlic and onions are in the mode of passion so they can not be offered to Krishna. The thing is you have to want to follow the principles and seriously try to follow the principles and then you will be able to follow the principles and get the strength to follow them by chanting Hare Krishna. As book distributors we do not always see the results of our preaching and book distribution. A devotee does not do anything for his own personal enjoyment. I have a great doubt. Honestly this did not seem like the bhavava coming from you guys when we chanted with you in Venice. We have to actually surrender and then the transcendental knowledge will flow from Srila Prabhupada to us. Therefore you are not going to find a bonafide spiritual master in ISKCON. That is what I would recommend you do. That means 4 – 5 times in a month. Me and my husband have been in Krsna Consciousness close to 1 year now. Take sincere efforts to avoid offences while chanting! The spiritual master must be liberated otherwise he can not help his disciples become liberated. I know Karma is important and you simply can’t wash your hands off it(as was the case with Arjuna not wanting to fight his cousins) but can’t there be a channel where we can avoid the unnecessary challenge of getting involved materialistically and then overcoming it and simultaneously working towards our service to Shree Krishna? This must be done. Kali-yuga and maya are so strong that they have attacked and taken over all the temples and realistically you are not going to find Krishna consciousness in the ISKCON temples at the present time unfortunately. This is absolutely necessary. Women is maya personified. To keep us forgetful of Krishna. I have heard that a mantra must always be taken from a bonfide guru in person (for it to be effective). I can’t concentrate chanting what can I do prebu?? You have to make up the missing rounds the next day. That is fine. You can chant more, some devotees chant 32 rounds, some 64 rounds, etc. And chanting without offense does not at all mean “chanting with a spiritual emotion”.
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