The most wonderful thing about mantra meditation is that one may chant anywhere—at home, at work, driving in the car, or riding on the bus or subway. And one may chant at any time. There are two basic types of chanting. Personal meditation, where one chants alone on beads, is called japa.
One devotee, Radhika, brought fresh marigolds from gardens in Taos, including her own.
She and some other devotees strung colorful garlands made of those marigolds, orchids and fragrant roses for both Maharaji and Hanuman. Some devotees chatted in the sunroom and shared stories of Maharaji while sipping on the traditional temple chai, while others bustled around to get last minute preparations completed.
The almost full moon purnima lit up the cool crisp air as everyone waited for the Sunday festivities to arrive. Sunday morning people got ready for the 24 hour chanting of the maha mantra, which took place under a large tent adorned with a wall-sized portrait of Maharaji.
Some devotees were locals while others were visiting for the first time. We sat on the grass under the tent chanting various mantras as the sun slowly filled the sky with light and air with warmth.
Devotees shared smiles with each other. The chanting of the Maha Mantra began at 1: You could walk around the ashram and hear the chanting from afar as if you were moving with the sound of devotion. Devotees signed up to lead the chanting in half hour time slots, and as they led you could feel their heartfelt devotion to Maharaji.
It was very inspiring as we shared our glimpses of truth and selfless service. Many devotees were conscious of spreading joy and lending a helping hand. At first we were chatting and making funny little jokes.
Then, one of our friends who travels around the world from ashram to ashram started quietly chanting the maha mantra. His chanting was the matchstick that lit us up to join in. Soon our chanting attracted other devotees who came to chant around us. We made ladoos for another 45 minutes, chanting hare krishna hare krishna, krishna krishna hare hare, hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare.
Those not making the ladoos were jumping up and down and waving or clapping their hands as they chanted the maha mantra.
Early the next morning local neighbors said they could hear us chanting and how beautiful it was to hear while they were in bed. One devotee even said she was tempted to get out of bed and walk down the road to join us! Around 11pm that evening, after a long day of joyful time spent with other devotees, I started to get a little tired.
Never having played a harmonium in public before, I was a little nervous.
But my new friends joined me to lead the chanting. It was the most beautiful experience to offer the maha mantra to Maharaji and Hanuman in the temple room.
Devotees smiled while chanting, and one woman who looked very serious and intent on something began to lighten up. She looked over at me. The chanting continued all through the early morning and a hot pot of chai kept all of our cups filled. Monday morning came and you could still feel the chanting throughout the ashram grounds.
We finished with a prayer to Maharaji and the ghee lamps were taken around the temple to give darshan to the devotees.
Some families stayed in the temple room after we finished to keep chanting and give personal offerings to Maharaji and Hanuman. While others moved outside to partake in the delicious varieties of subji prasad and the ladoos! Even now, after a week has passed since Guru Purnima, you can feel the blessings of Maharaji everywhere at the temple and the spirit of devotion is more vibrant than ever.
I, as well as many others, feel so grateful to have had such a blessed Guru Purnima experience.
Jai Jai Sita Ram Jai!Chanting Hare Krishna on Japa Beads. There are no hard-and-fast rules for chanting Hare Krishna. The most wonderful thing about mantra meditation is that one may chant anywhere–at home, at work, driving in the car, or riding on the bus or subway. And one may chant at any time.
The people at the farm were Colombians who followed Hare Krishna. So what this meant was everyday there were ceremonies with music and prayers, a lot of them ate with hands, food being cooked is not allowed to be tasted, no food was allowed to be eaten in the kitchen, vegetarian and vegan, no onions or garlic and all food had to be blessed.
But Krsna convinced him that if it is in the service of God it is allowed. study, and prayer. But this was my first time to do anything Eastern or Hindu.
There were lots of pillows around and mats on the floor for people to sit on. few minutes the sound of the cymbals and the incense we weren’t in the Bowery any longer. We. I arrived to the Krishna Balaram temple but was too late for the morning arati, having been in the car from Delhi airport most of the night.
I sat down doing some meditation, enjoying being back in Vrindavan and waiting for the altar to open. Many years later and although I may have advanced somewhat spiritually, and practice bhakti-yoga, devotional service and the chanting of the Maha-mantra Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, still all my morning prayers still .
Feb 20, · Hare Krishna, Thank you for your message that I received in my Gmail this morning, “Who Is Krishna?” My background is Christian/Catholic.
I have recently got the Bhagavad-gita as it is and a Japa beads from your Krishna store.