Japa Affirmations // Part 1

Based on the e-book Japa Affirmations by Mahatma Dasa

Ancient Vedic texts handle the notion that no quantity of fabric accomplishments can deeply fulfill us. Our consciousness has been affected by the fabric environment, and as we attempt to exploit assets, we’re in truth getting an increasing number of entangled in mundane complexities. Vedic knowledge attributes this situation to an absence of non secular consciousness. The Vedic scriptures share with us that we’re all non secular beings and that we are able to elevate our consciousness by means of the chanting of the Holy Name. The Holy Name – chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, is a direct course of for purifying our consciousness.

Japa Affirmations - Mahatma das

For this purpose, it can be crucial for us to spend time engaged on our inside perspective and motivation for chanting the Holy Name. In this text, we’ll meditate on a selected observe to assist enhance and improve our presence whereas chanting: the observe of affirmations. An affirmation will be defined as a phrase repeated to oneself to start out a activity with a positive perspective. Examples embrace: “I’m courageous and I can accomplish this activity”; “I wish to eat healthily and train to take care of myself”; “I wish to practise Krishna Consciousness to my fullest capability”. Affirmations might assist to create a optimistic mindset in an effort to obtain a fascinating final result. Saying affirmations out loud and meditating on their core meanings earlier than chanting the Maha-mantra might enable us to additional improve our chanting expertise. Select affirmations that will resonate with you and attempt to meditate on these day by day or weekly.

1. I fortunately and enthusiastically welcome the Holy Name each japa session

Create a optimistic temper to welcome the Holy Name, the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, into your coronary heart, simply the best way you’ll welcome a particular visitor into your own home. This will be achieved by studying scriptures, providing prayers, or meditating on what you want to obtain earlier than chanting the Maha-mantra. In this fashion, by getting in the appropriate way of thinking, chanting turns into an thrilling alternative to attach with the Lord.

2. I simply chant my prescribed variety of rounds with focus and a focus

Whether you’re chanting one spherical, or sixteen rounds, or extra of the Maha-mantra, begin chanting with a pure inclination to focus your consideration on the Holy Name. In different phrases, earlier than chanting, consider that it is possible for you to to concentrate on the Holy Name. The thoughts has many ideas and wavers right here and there, however catch your thoughts and produce it again to the Holy Name. When you contemplate chanting of the Holy Name to be essential in your non secular life, then will probably be simpler to chant with focus and a focus.

3. When I chant, I chant

Create a quiet sacred area the place you’ll be able to chant the Maha-mantra with out interruptions or distractions. When you chant, don’t do anything, simply chant. Put each your exterior and inside world on maintain and focus solely on your self and Krishna.

4. I get to chant, I wish to chant, and I like to chant

Remind your self that you just respect chanting the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra and that you just view chanting as a particular blessing. It is a uncommon alternative to get a human beginning and thus, a human beginning is a particular alternative to awaken love for Krishna. Ask your self how you’ll really feel in case you have been prevented from having the ability to chant the Holy Name. Deep down in our hearts, we respect the highly effective results of chanting the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra.

5. I deal with the Maha-mantra as Radha and Krishna, totally current in sound

Treat the Holy Name, the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, as Radha and Krishna Deities within the type of sound. When you chant the Maha-mantra, it’s the identical as seeing and bowing down earlier than the Deities. In this fashion, bow all the way down to the Holy Name as you’ll to the Deities, as Krishna is totally current within the Holy Name.

6. I obtain and really feel Krishna’s presence, mercy and love in His Holy Name

Allow mercy, love and blessings to come back to you naturally by means of the Holy Name, slightly than in search of to drive nectar out of the Holy Name. In different phrases, don’t wrestle to create mercy and love whereas chanting however as a substitute, enable your self to wash in and respect the mercy and love that already exists inside the Holy Name.

7. I chant in full consciousness that the Holy Name is my best treasure

Give your coronary heart to the Holy Name. Although Krishna has every part, He hankers in your coronary heart. Krishna desires to have a relationship with you and chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra will revive your relationship with Him. Therefore, chanting the Holy Name is the best jewel within the Lord’s treasury as He will get what He needs – your coronary heart.

8. I chant to please Radha and Krishna, to not acquire something materials

Imagine that Krishna is with you in His Holy Name and that He is completely satisfied to listen to you chanting. Even although relishing the Holy Name will be troublesome generally, Krishna is having fun with seeing your willpower to chant and to be purified. In this fashion, chant the Maha-mantra to make Krishna completely satisfied and for your self to really feel happiness too.

9. I’m out of my thoughts and in my coronary heart, totally current to the Holy Name after I chant

Chant the Maha-mantra together with your tongue and listen to together with your ear. Feeling the essence of chanting will convey you into the current. Attentive chanting is listening to – in case you hear your self chanting, you’ll chant attentively. When you chant, Krishna first dances on the tongue, then the ear, then the guts.

10. I totally honor my sacred relationship with the Holy Name throughout japa

Be acutely aware that when chanting the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra, you’re current, Krishna is current and thus, a relationship between you and Krishna can also be current. Therefore, don’t view chanting as a mechanical course of that you need to full day by day however slightly as a solution to deepen your relationship with Krishna.

“I have no idea how a lot nectar the 2 syllables ‘Kṛṣ-ṇa’ have produced. When the Holy Name of Kṛṣṇa is chanted, it seems to bop inside the mouth. We then want many, many mouths. When that identify enters the holes of the ears, we want many thousands and thousands of ears. And when the Holy Name dances within the courtyard of the guts, it conquers the actions of the thoughts, and due to this fact all of the senses grow to be inert”. CC Antya Lila 1.99

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