Thursday, May 1, 2014

Chanting the Holy Name

"Nama cintamani krsna chaitanya rasa vigrahah
Purnam suddho nityamukto bhinnatvat nama-naminoh
The Name of Krsna is spiritual gemstone, the form of all transcendental mellows. It is complete, pure, and eternally liberated, due to the non-difference between the Name and the Named (Krsna)"

Forty years ago, I was initiated into the chanting of the Hare Krsna Mahamantra - Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, which I would chant 1,728 times daily (16 malas of 108 beads) or approximately 25,000 Names of God daily.  However, when I got into Self inquiry, it was one of the things I let go. 

Sporadically over the years, I have taken it up again, chanting the required 16 malas or "rounds" of the mantra - something that generally takes 1-1/2 to 2 hours.