suitable pace for japa

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suitable pace for japa

Postby sdgonline » Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:46 pm

The most important thing is quality, not quantity. We have to go deep inside ourselves and chant from the heart, calling out to Radha and Krishna to please accept our service. It needn’t take “all day” to utter this sincere cry, but we have to be sure we do not rush over it thoughtlessly. That’s why a stopwatch is not a bad idea for those who are uncertain whether they’re chanting too fast or too slow. “Oh Lord, Oh Energy of the Lord, please engage me in Your service” has to be felt with each mantra. How long that takes is up to you to find out. There is an early tape of Prabhupada chanting japa (not the one where he’s chanting in public at an initiation, where he says, “Sit properly”), and that can give you a good idea of a suitable pace for japa. All this is relative and can be learned by each person with time and practice.


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