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Welcome to the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple's website where you can find the latest exciting news and events at Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre!Keshavhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04593002396550453200noreply@blogger.comBlogger1098125
Updated: 17 hours 59 min ago

Vaishnava C.A.R.E. Seminar

Tue, 2014-04-15 18:10
"And whoever, at the end of his life, quits his body remembering Me alone at once attains My nature. Of this there is no doubt" (Bhagavad-gita 8.5) 

Srila Prabhupada displayed the most caring, loving, compassionate and personal qualities! This seminar will be presented by Her Grace Sangita devi dasi, a senior Prabhupada disciple from the U.S. Her grace is a very knowledgeable registered and hospice nurse with many years of medical and spiritual experience. She is also the founder of ISKCON's Vaishnava's C.A.R.E (Counselling, Assistance, Resource and Education for the Terminally Ill and Family) and author of The Final Journey, the most practical guide on passing away of a devotee.

Learn the art of caring for a dying devotee in our community. The following topics and more will be covered:
  • Krishna Consciousness and Hospice Philosophy
  • Holistic Care for Terminally Ill Devotees
  • Communicating with One Who is Dying
  • Stages of Loss and Grief
  • Personal Awareness Activities
  • What is End-of-Life Spiritual Pain?
  • How Can YOU Help? 
Here's the tentative schedule:
10am-12:30pm - First part of the seminar 
12:30pm-1:00pm - Lunch break
1:00pm-3:30pm - Second part of the seminar 


Registration is mandatory; please sign up here. Suggested donations are to be determined.

Please join us and learn how you can be part of ISKCON Toronto's first V-Care team.

Stay tuned for more details!


Deity Darshan: Rama Navami

Sat, 2014-04-12 15:12







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Click below for more Darshanpictures from Rama Navami Celebrations on Tuesday, April 8th:
 Post by ISKCON Toronto: The Hare Krishna Centre.

Next Town Hall - Sunday, April 20th - 3:30PM

Fri, 2014-04-04 20:23
We are very excited to announce that ISKCON Toronto will be hosting our next Town Hall on Sunday, April 20th, 2014 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm in Govinda’s Dining Hall.  This Town Hall will present an opportunity for our vibrant Hare Krishna community to come forward and engage in a productive, two-way dialogue about our Hare Krishna temple and community at large.

The Town Hall will begin with a small presentation from the ISKCON Toronto Temple Council, highlighting the successes, challenges and financial developments over the last several months.  After this, we will open up the dialogue to our entire community to share their thoughts, dreams, concerns and suggestions about how we can continue to grow our temple and community. This Town Hall will be different in that we will have our auditor present to go over the past year's financials and aid in answering any financial question the community may have.

Please accept this as a warm invitation for you to come and attend our Town Hall.  We continue to host these Town Halls every three months in an attempt to increase the communication between the temple management and our dear congregation. 

If you are unable to make it to the Town Hall, but would like to share some ideas, suggestions or feedback, please feel free to email us at templecouncil@torontokrishna.com.

We hope to see you on Sunday, April 20th - please feel free to pass along this warm invitation to your devotee friends!  Hare Krishna!

Sincerely,
The ISKCON Toronto Temple Council
templecouncil@torontokrishna.com
www.torontokrishna.com

Double Rama Navami Celebrations!

Fri, 2014-04-04 20:19
This year, Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre will mark the appearance day of Lord Rama (also known as Rama Navami) on two separate occasions this upcoming week! This Sunday, April 6th, we will begin the celebrations with a dramatic presentation by Bhaktimarga Swami entitled, "Little Big Ramayana" that will surely have everyone excited. This will be followed by evening celebrations on Tuesday, April 8th, which is the actual day of celebration. We are pleased to have our special guest, Narayani devi dasi lead us in discourse on Lord Rama on that day. 

  Lord Rama is the incarnation of Lord Krishna as the perfect monarch. He enacts His lila, or pastime, of killing the evil king Ravana and establishing virtue, by personal example, throughout His kingdom. The epic story of His transcendental adventures is told in the scripture Ramayana in which one reads of His unfailing devotion to His wife Sita and Their affectionate dealings with Lord Rama's many family members, particularly His devoted Brother, Lakshmana.

We hope that everyone can join us for these celebrations!

Sunday, April 6th Schedule (subject to change):

5:45pm - 6:00pm: Tulasi Arati
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm - 6:45pm: Prelude to Dramatic Presentation
6:45pm - 7:15pm: Dramatic Presentation "Little Big Ramayana" by Bhaktimarga Swami
7:15pm - 8:00pm: Prasadam (Vegetarian Feast)
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan

Tuesday, April 8th Schedule (subject to change):

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm - 7:15pm: Special Class by Narayani devi dasi
7:15pm - 7:30pm: Arati for Lord Rama
7:30pm - 8:00pm: Prasadam (Vegetarian Feast)
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan

Upcoming Seminar - Sraddha to Nistha and Beyond

Wed, 2014-03-26 21:09
We are very excited to announce an upcoming seminar entitled, "Sraddha to Nistha and Beyond" with Her Grace Narayani devi dasi from Friday, April 4th - Sunday, April 6th at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple.

Devotional service begins with a seed of faith (sraddha), which is nurtured through association and devotional practices, and gradually progressing through the various stages of bhakti, prema or love of God develops. Through this seminar series, Narayani devi dasi will share philosophical insights as well as practical tips for one to fast track their bhakti journey.

Her Grace Narayani devi dasi joined ISKCON in Boston in 1970. She has done many services for Srila Prabhupada including Deity worship in Calcutta temple, traveling book distribution in Western India for the Bombay temple and teaching Bhakti Sastri, Bhakti Vaibhava and Bhaktivedanta courses in the VIHE in Vrndavana. She helped write the VTE curriculum for Bhakti Sastri and has written three books: Srimad Bhagavatam At a Glance, Garden of Devotion and Bhagavad-Gita at a Glance.

Details (click on flyer for more info):

Class One: Strengthening Faith
Friday, April 4th; 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Class Two: Overcoming Obstacles
Saturday, April 5th; 7:45am - 9:00am

Class Three: Gaining Taste
Sunday, April 6th; 7:45am - 9:00am

As always, prasadam (vegetarian meal) will be served after each class. Donates are welcome to cover seminar costs. If you have any questions, please email us at info@torontokrishna.com .


Open House: "Krishna Conscious Education for Our Children

Tue, 2014-03-25 22:14
Education is a cornerstone of society and for our Hare Krishna community at large. Many parents are
interested in providing meaningful, spiritual knowledge to their children to ensure they have a nourishing childhood. Further, there has been a keen interest among the GTA community in exploring various options for Krishna Conscious education for our children, ranging from home-schooling, home-schooling co-op, a devotional day care and even a full-fledged school.

While some parents have been already researching these topics independently, we felt that it would be valuable to come together and share our ideas and experience as a group. With this intention, the ISKCON Toronto Education Team is organizing an Open House entitled, "Bringing Krishna Conscious Education to Toronto" on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10:00am - 12:00pm to discuss these very options. Our hope is that together, we can come up with some exciting opportunities for Krishna Conscious education in and for our community.

Open House Details:

Bringing Krishna Conscious Education to Toronto
Date and Time: Saturday, April 19, 2014; 10:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: ISKCON Toronto, Green Room

Lunch Prasadam (vegetarian meal) will be served after the event.

To RSVP for this event, please click here to register. If you have any questions or suggestions, you can email us at kids@torontokrishna.com .


Deity Darshan: Gaura Purnima 2014

Tue, 2014-03-18 12:13



Click below for more pictures!

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Golden 6-Hour Kirtan - This Saturday!

Thu, 2014-03-13 02:28
As you may already know, we are celebrating quite the festival this Golden Weekend and it all starts off with a non-stop 6-Hour Kirtan on Saturday, March 15, 2014! The kirtan will kick off right at 3:00pm and end with a grand finale at 9:00pm, including prasadam (vegetarian feast).

Please come and join us as we begin to celebrate the appearance of Lord Chaitanya this weekend!

Schedule (subject to change):

3:00pm - 3:30pm: Mayapurchandra das
3:30pm - 4:00pm: Kunti
4:00pm - 4:45pm: Radha Murari Kirtan Band
4:45pm - 5:00pm: Gopinath Kids Camp Children
5:00pm - 5:30pm: Darshan
5:30pm - 6:00pm: Nipun
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Hitesh
6:30pm - 7:15pm: Sukhayanti devi dasi
7:15pm - 8:00pm: Radha-mohan das
8:00pm - 9:00pm: Dhira Grahi das

Gaura Purnima 2014 - A Golden Weekend

Sun, 2014-03-09 13:50
The Toronto Hare Krishna Centre would like to warmly invite you to join us for grand Gaura Purnima Celebrations this Saturday and SundayMarch 15-16, 2014!
Gaura Purnima, one of the largest festivals at Toronto's Hare Krishna temple, is the celebration of the appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. Over 500 years ago, in a special appearance, Lord Krishna personally came as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and acted as His own devotee by propagating the chanting of the Holy names of the Lord in every town and village!


SATURDAY, MARCH 15 : 6-HOUR KIRTAN
    This coming weekend, the Hare Krishna temple will be celebrating the Appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu with great pomp and grandeur! To start off the grand festivities, the Hare Krishna temple is pleased to welcome you all for our 6-Hour Kirtan on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm. 
    SUNDAY, MARCH 16 : ALL-DAY GRAND FESTIVAL
      Having the festival fall on a Sunday means that we can have especially extravagant festivities and so devotees are encouraged to come throughout the day for festivities. Spiritualists are encouraged to come early in the morning (4:30am!) to take part in the morning program.
      The tentative schedule for the full day is as follows (subject to change) **updated as of March 15**:
      4:30 am to 8:00 am - Mangala Arati and Morning Program8:00 am to 10:00 am - Special Caitanya Caritamrta Class by HG Rupanuga das and HG Ananda Gauranga das10:00 am to 10:30 am - Movie Presentation: The Golden Avatar
      10:30 am to 11:00 am - Movie Presentation: Following Srila Prabhupada (Gaura Purnima Festival in Mayapur, 1973)11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Readings from Caitanya Caritamrta12:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Maha Harinam for Lord Caitanya 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm - Nectarean Bhajans for Lord Caitanya 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm - Arati6:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Class by HG Rupanuga das7:00 pm to 7:20 pm - Drama by Krishna Funskool7:20 pm to 8:00 pm - Abhisheka (Bathing of Deities)8:00 pm to 8:30 pm - Kirtan (Arati)
      8:30 pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)
      A warm invitation goes out to you and your family for this larger-than-life festival as we celebrate the auspicious advent of the appearance of Lord Caitanya!

      "There's something about Hare"- The Grid

      Sat, 2014-03-01 21:43

      Guess who got a fantastic review recently? Check out the online version of the article here and make a headway to Govinda's (during working hours, of course)! The original appeared in the print version of The Grid on the 27th of February, 2014.

      Siva Ratri Celebrations this Sunday!

      Mon, 2014-02-24 23:38
      This Sunday, March 2, 2014, Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating Siva Ratri.*
      Siva Ratri literally translates as “the Night of Lord Siva.” Lord Siva is described as “the greatest Vaishnava (devotee of Lord Krishna)"; as such, this week's Sunday "Love" Feast will be dedicated to honouring Lord Siva.

      The tentative schedule is as follows:
      6:00pm to 6:30pm - Arati6:30pm to 6:35pm - Welcome and Announcements6:35pm to 7:15pm - Class by HG Bhakti Yoga Prabhu7:15pm to 7:35pm - Abhisheka (bathing ceremony) for Lord Siva7:35pm to 8:00pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)8:00pm to 8:30pm - Arati

      *Please note that the actual day of Siva Ratri is Friday, February 28, but the festival will be celebrated at the temple on Sunday, March 2.  

      Deity Darshan: Nityananda Trayodasi (Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu)

      Thu, 2014-02-13 13:20

      The appearance day of Lord Nityananda Prabhu was celebrated at ISKCON Toronto on February 12, 2014. Lord Nityananda Prabhu, whose name literally means, “eternally blissful”, appeared around 1474 AD in the village of Ekachakra, near Mayapur, West Bengal. He is the eternal companion of Lord Caitanya and both are worshiped together as are Krishna and Balaram. In the same way that Lord Balaram is considered the original spiritual master, so is Lord Nityananda.
      Click HERE for more pictures!





      Gopinath's Kids Camp: Winter Edition

      Wed, 2014-02-12 01:58

      The Gopinath's Kids Camp has been a one-day annual summer event since 2006. This year, Krishna's Funskool is very happy to announce their first ever March-Break kids camp! We promise three full days of interactive spiritual learning, yummy prasadam meals and lots of fun. See attached poster for details.

      You can register your child via this preliminary form

      For further information, please contact kids@torontokrishna.com 


      "Nama-Ruci" Month: Developing a Taste for the Holy Name

      Tue, 2014-02-11 03:59

      Starting next Sunday, February 9, 2014, we invite you to join us in celebrating a month dedicated to chanting japa and relishing the nectar of the Holy Names. Nama-Ruci is all about developing a taste for the Holy Name. The following lines express this theme beautifully:

      "I do not know how much nectar the two syllables 'Krish-na' have produced. When the holy name of Krishna is chanted, it appears to dance within the mouth. We then desire many, many mouths. When that name enters the holes of the ears, we desire many millions of ears. And when the holy name dances in the courtyard of the heart, it conquers the activities of the mind, and therefore all the senses become inert." - (Caitanya Caritamrta, Antya-Lila, 1.99)

       





      Every Sunday, between 4:30 and 5:45 pm, we invite you to come and experience "Journey into Japa", a sanctuary for everyone to enliven their chanting. The sanctuary will have 108 lotus flowers to guide your walk through one round of japa, accompanied with Srila Prabhupada's sublime chanting in the background.



      This month will host a series of Sunday Feasts that are specially themed around chanting:
      • February 9 - Chant and be happy:  Mantra meditation has now become extremely popular as more and more people have taken this age-old practice. Let's find out why and how mantra meditation can help you become a happier person. 
      • February 16 - There is no other way: The vedic scriptures prescribe many different ways to achieve the perfection of life. Let's explore why in this present age of Kali, there is no other way except the chanting of the Holy Names.
      • February 23 - Avoiding offences in chanting: Chanting is most effective when done offencelessly. Let's learn how we can improve our chanting by avoiding offences.
      • March 2 - Please engage me in Your service: What are we really saying when we chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra? Let's dive deeper into the meaning of this great mantra.
      • March 9 - Sankirtana: The incarnation in the Age of Kali is Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who spread the worship of Krishna by the sankirtana movement (congregational chanting of the holy names. Let's understand why Lord Chaitanya declares Sankirtana as the life of all transcendental knowledge.



        If you are new to mantra meditation, we welcome you to join Uttamananda Krishna Das as he leads a warm and friendly session of chanting on beads at 7:40 pm every Sunday. We will also have japa kits available to facilitate your nascent chanting experience.





        For the month of February, the Toronto Sankirtan Book Club will be reading the book "Sri Namamrta - The Nectar of the Holy Name." If you would like to read along and don't have a copy, you can get a copy of the book of the month during the Sunday Feast. To register for the book club, email toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com.



        Please don't forget to mark Wednesday, February 12 and Sunday, March 16 in your calendar as the appearance days of Lord Nityananda (Nityananda Trayodashi) and Lord Chaitanya (Gaura Purnima). More details will be posted shortly on our blog about the festival program.

        We wish you all a blissful month of chanting! May the taste get sweeter! 



        Appearance of Varaha Avatara (Boar Incarnation)

        Sat, 2014-02-08 16:03

        This year, February 11th marks the appearance anniversary of Varaha avatar (Lord Krishna's boar incarnation). As described in the Srimad Bhagavatam, Lord Krishna assumed this form of a gigantic boar to lift the drowning planet Earth from the cosmic ocean with his tusks.
        A demonic personality had thrown the planet Earth from her orbit into this ocean but the Lord came, as a boar, and saved the Earth. In honour of the appearance of Lord Varahadeva, fasting is observed until noon on Bhaimi Ekadashi (Monday, February 10th, 2014).
        More information about the appearance of Varaha avatar can be found here; below is a summary of the pastime written by Urmila devi dasi:
        “In Vedic cosmology, planets are conscious persons. The planet Earth once fell into the universal water when demonic persons disturbed her orbit by drilling for oil and upsetting her balance. Celestial beings, called devas, who control the universe in service to Krishna, wanted Earth to be rescued.
        Responding to their desire, the Lord came to save her. He assumed the form of a splendid, gigantic boar (Varaha), dove to the bottom of the universal ocean, picked up Earth, and gently carried her on His tusks to the water’s surface. As He did so, a great demon challenged Him.
        Lord Varaha then carefully placed fearful Earth on the water and gave her the ability to float. A fight between the Lord and the demon ensued within the great ocean. After defeating the demon, Lord Varaha returned to the spiritual sky.”

        Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day

        Sat, 2014-02-08 04:20
        One of the sweetest festivals of the year falls on Wednesday, February 12th! A warm invitation goes out to you and your family to join us as we celebrate the advent (appearance) of Lord Nityananda this Wednesday evening, starting at 6pm. 
        Lord Nityananda (also known as Nityananda Prabhu, Nitai, Nityananda Balarama) appeared as Lord Chaitanya’s principal associate for spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord. He is considered an incarnation of Lord Balarama.
        This festival is a special one for ISKCON Toronto and often features very sweet, intimate and spiritually-soaked festivities! We are very excited to announce that joining us for the festival will be Her Grace Malati Prabhu.

        The whole festival will be based on following verses: "The lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are a shelter where one will get the soothing moonlight not only of one, but of millions of moons. If the world wants to have real peace, it should take shelter of Lord Nityananda. Unless one takes shelter under the shade of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, it will be very difficult for him to approach Radha-Krsna. If one actually wants to enter into the dancing party of Radha-Krsna, he must firmly catch hold of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda." 
        The program will be as follows (subject to change):
        6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
        6:30pm to 6:40pm - Welcome & Announcements
        6:40pm to 7:15pm - Class by Bhakti Yoga Prabhu
        7:15pm to 7:35pm - Special Presentation by Krishna Funskool
        7:35pm to 8:00pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)
        8:00pm to 8:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)

        Devotees are encouraged to come to the program wearing the colour blue, the colour commonly associated with Lord Nityananda! 

        Parama Karuna...

        Sat, 2014-02-08 01:20

        As we prepare to celebrate Nityananda Trayodasi, the advent (appearance) of Lord Nityananda this Wednesday, February 12th, starting at 6pm. Click HERE for more information about the celebrations. We found this nice video of Srila Prabhupada singing the famous Bengali bhajan "Parama Karuna Pahu Dui Jana" (Official Name: Sri Gaura Nityananda Daya). This bhajan (devotional song) written by Srila Locana Dasa Thakura really encompasses the merciful nature of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda, see the translation of the lyrics below.


        parama karuṇa, pahū dui jananitāi gauracandrasaba avatāra-sāra śiromaṇikevala ānanda-kanda
        The two Lords, Nitai-Gauracandra, are very merciful. They are the essence of all incarnations. The specific significance of these incarnations is that They introduced a process of chanting and dancing that is simply joyful.

        bhajo bhajo bhāi, caitanya nitāisudṛḍha biśwāsa koriviṣaya chāḍiyā, se rase majiyā,mukhe bolo hari hari
        My dear brother, I request that you just worship Lord Caitanya and Nityananda with firm conviction and faith. If one wants to be Krsna conscious by this process, one has to give up his engagement in sense gratification. One simply has to chant, "Hare Krsna! Hari Hari!" without any motive.


        dekho ore bhāi, tri-bhuvane nāi,emona doyāla dātāpaśu pākhī jhure, pāṣāṇa vidare,śuni' jāńra guṇa-gāthā
        My dear brother, just try and examine this. Within the three worlds there is no one like Lord Caitanya or Lord Nityananda. Their merciful qualities are so great that upon hearing Them even birds and beasts cry and stones melt.

        saḿsāre majiyā, rohili poriyā,se pade nahilo āśaāpana karama, bhuñjāye śamana,kahoye locana-dāsa
        But Locana dasa regrets that I am entrapped by sense gratification. Since I have no attraction for the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, then Yamaraja, the superintendent of death, is punishing me by not allowing me to be attracted by this movement.

        Appearance Day of Advaitacharya

        Tue, 2014-02-04 13:47
        Wednesday, February 5th marks the appearance anniversary of Advaitacharya, one of the foremost teachers of bhakti in the Hare Krishna tradition. On this day we fast till noon in his honour.
        Advaitacharya appeared some sixty years before Lord Chaitanya’s own advent, over 500 years ago. It was Advaitacarya who asked Lord Chaitanya to descend. Before Lord Chaitanya’s advent, Advaitacharya had already begun chanting Krishna’s names in the streets with devotees and discussing scriptures on devotional service to Krishna. Advaitacharya’s name indicates that He is nondifferent (advaita) from Lord Hari (Krishna), and He is called acharya (spiritual master) because He taught bhakti.
        To read more about Advaitacharya click HERE!

        Temporary Deity Darshan Link

        Sun, 2014-02-02 13:24


        The redesign of our website has required a new format for posting Deity Darshan pictures, "Darshan" is a viewing or an auspicious audience with the Deity form of the Lord. Previously we would post pictures every Sunday of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha and Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subadhra. While the redesign is still in progress and a permeant Deity Darshan solution is still pending; Deity pictures can be found on our Facebook Page, see the links below for the albums:
        Deity Darshan 2014Deity Darshan 2013
        (Please note you do not need a Facebook account to view the albums)

        A Fun Read - 32 Ways NOT to Chant Japa!

        Thu, 2014-01-23 15:45
        We came upon this funny little list of "32 Ways Not to Chant Japa", sent to us from Mahatma prabhu.  For serious practitioners of bhakti-yoga (Krsna consciousness), daily mantra meditation (japa) is a big part of our devotional practice.  Of course, one of the main challenges is staying focused while chanting!  :o)

        Here's a fun list of what we shouldn't be doing!

        32 Ways to Not Chant Japa in 2014
        From The Japa Workshop by Mahatma das
        (For more classes on Japa, go to www.krishna.com/mahatma)

        1. To Do List Japa - Meditating on your to do and shopping lists, sometimes adding and deleting items between mantras. This may also include mentally balancing your checkbook or mentally going over which bills you have to pay. Caution: This process can cause you to lament about how many bills you have to pay, and thus changing your prayers from "Oh Lord, please engage me in your service," to "Oh Lord, please add a few more zeroes to the end of my bank balance."
        2. I Hate Him Japa - While chanting, meditating on who hurt you, how badly you were hurt, how  much you hate that person, and what you’ll do to get back at him. By the end of 16 rounds your hatred has increased tenfold and you have developed excellent plans and strategies to take revenge.
        3. I am Right Japa - Meditating while chanting on how right you are and how wrong someone else is, and with every mantra you become more convinced how right you are. Also know as "Pump Your Ego Japa. "
        4. Watering the Weeds Japa - Chanting so poorly that by the time you finish you feel disgusted, depressed and miserable. Gone are the days of "Chant and Be Happy." Now it is, "Chant and Be Miserable."
        5. Beat the Clock Japa - You chant as fast as possible in an attempt to get those bothersome rounds over with, sometimes trying to break your previous record of one round in 3 minutes 59 seconds - which was formerly thought to be humanly impossible - until you proved it could be done if one is intensely motivated to get his chanting over with as soon as possible!
        6. Robot Japa - You chant like a robot. Chanting while totally disconnected from the mood of the mantra. You sometimes wish another devotee or a robot  could chant your rounds for you.
        7. Firing Blank Mantras Japa - Krsna’s name is chanted, but your mind and heart are somewhere else - and so is He. The sound Krsna comes out of your mouth, but because there is no consciousness, it is like firing blank mantras.
        8. Killing Time Japa - Chanting, but thinking of things to entertain yourself with while you chant so you won’t be so bored just listening to the mantra. In this way you kill time while chanting and thus make chanting 16 rounds quite tolerable by making it much less painful than usual. 
        9. Creative Japa - Using japa as a time for brainstorming, thus doing some creative thinking,  generating new ideas, and finding solutions to your problems. It is useful to have a pen and paper handy to write down your ideas. Although you may get very few rounds done, and you won't get the nectar of the name - you have spent the past two hours in a such a high degree of passion that you will definitely have a long list of good ideas. (But is it really a good idea to ruin your japa to get some good ideas?)
        10. Novocain Japa - Your heart is so numbed that you feel absolutely nothing when you chant.
        11. Driving Japa - Chanting while distracted by the task of driving,  sometimes accompanied by cursing at people who cut you off (i.e. the anti-trnad api sunicena mantra).  Of course, the reason you chant while driving is that you get up late.
        12. No Japa, Japa - While holding your beads you converse with another devotee, moving your beads as you talk. In this way you sometimes finish a so-called round or two by the end of the conversation. (Oh God, help us!)
        13. Prajalpa Japa - You chant a few mantras and then speak a few words of prajalpa to your friend. You chant a few more mantras and then listen as they speak some prajalpa to you. Then you respond with some even more juicy gossip. This process often continues for the entire japa session.
        14. Call and Response Japa - You talk to someone, and while listening to you they chant japa. Then they reply and while listening to them you chant japa.
        15. Reading Japa - Reading and chanting at the same time. (Note: This would not be a problem if you had two or more heads.)
        16. Left Hand Japa - Chanting japa while doing something with your left hand (cleaning, cooking, tinkering, organizing, washing your car, etc.). This is very useful for developing left arm strength.
        17. Bubblegum Japa - Chanting in a way that sounds like you are chewing bubble gum while chanting Hare Krsna.
        18. New Mantra Japa - Chanting a new form of the Hare Krsna mantra, such as "here kitty, kitty, here kitty, kitty," or "nish, nish, ram, ram, ari, ari."
        19. Entertainment Japa - Chanting while watching TV or a movie. Note: watching TV while not chanting, but chanting during the commercials is also totally bogus! (And, Krsna conscious video is also included in TV Japa.)
        20. Internet Japa - A few mantras and a few emails, sometimes chanting and reading at the same time.  Inevitably, the beads get put on the table and the right hand lands on the keyboard.
        21. Window Shopping Japa - Chanting while window shopping (this commonly happens when making the attempt to knock out some rounds while in the shopping mall).
        22. Boredom Japa - You are so bored while chanting that you feel like killing yourself.
        23. Relaxing Japa - Lying down or relaxing in a hammock while chanting (often accompanied by coconut water in your left hand).
        24. Slumber Japa - Taking advantage of japa to get a good nap. Another variety of "Slumber Japa" is trying to fight off sleep, but continually failing. This is also known as "Dive Bomb Japa" due to the head constantly rising and falling (diving).
        25. Bitter Medicine Japa - Your experience of the holy name is like bitter medicine and your face turns in disgust as you chant.
        26. Painful Japa - Your mind is so out of control that it is painful to try to control it. Thus, the expression on your face while chanting appears similar to the expression of a person with a knife in their back (or a person with severe constipation). This is often accompanied by banging your head with your hand, or in severe cases - banging your head against a wall.
        27. Shaking Japa - (Also known as "Ants in Your Pants Japa") -  You chant as if you were a toy monkey that was just wound up.
        28. Radar Japa - Looking around at anything and everything - and everybody - while chanting.
        29. Audio Japa - Chanting japa while listening to a lecture, kirtan, song, or the radio. This is especially challenging while listening to the radio (unless, of course, it is one of your favorite songs or some juicy news).
        30. Sightseeing Japa - Walking or driving  and chanting while doing some serious sightseeing.
        31. Shopping Japa - Nish, nish, ram, ram, ari, ari-ing your way through the supermarket or mall.
        32. Apathy Japa - Chanting with absolutely no desire or enthusiasm to chant.