I am wondering if the materials of one's mala will affect the chanting practice.
I know that Tulsi is often recommended. Will the energy of the Tulsi help with one's chanting?
Also I am wondering about an old mala which I used in the 1990s, which I really love and have a lot of sentiment attached to it. A couple of the wooden beads cracked and fell off. So there are two spaces with no bead, when I use the mala I have just been chanting the mantra for that space as if there was a bead. What is the best thing to do with a mala when it is worn out like that? I know I should probably start using a new mala that is fully intact. Is it acceptable to hang up the old one where I can see it and it will remind me of Krishna?
I have heard different things about the amount of sleep an adult person needs; please advise me. I would like to be awake more often to chant but find myself falling asleep and weak of will power. Thank you!
I have been chanting for about 2 years. And sometimes, especially with the HK Songs of Krishna Das (on youtube) I get very emotional and could start crying. Actually I was not brave enough to ask somebody in the real world, so that is why I am happy to find this board :)
Can you give me an explanation for this action? Do I have unreleased emotions which are blocked through the day? I am a very open person and I always care about my person and my thoughts.
Thank you very much :)
Of course, I am still just a stupid ignorant fool but at least this fool is chanting 16 rounds a day now. I'm happy and I'm sleeping well at night.
A few years ago I spent some time in a Mental Hospital under an unscrupulous Psychiatrist that wanted to put his foot in the door of my life and influence my Bhakti in a way that made him feel he put an appropriate touch on my life.
He used advance mind control behavioral therapy techniques to encourage me to chant less because he felt it was dominating my life.
At that time I had chanted for 5 years daily faithfully nice jappa 16 rounds. I had even made up for lost time before that during break periods.
My guru also help establish jappa in my life very strongly, enabling me to meditate with thoughts of Krishna I had never foreseen as possible.
Please come to this tread and give me help meditating again, I really want to chant Jappa 16 rounds but this man has left a powerful psychic impression on me like a haunting ghosts and when I try to focus my attention like that again I come to his overbearing demeanor on my psyche.
I am not trying to blame anyone for all this it is my own fault for stoping but this is true brainwashing what he did and I need help, healing from it.
Thank you in advance.
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! The above namely chant and be happy is the title of a poem I would like to share with you. Here it is:
Chanting will make you what you want to be;
And Srila Prabhupada introduced this in Tompskins Square Park, by a tree!
In this evil age;
Chanting will make your life turn a new page.
Practice sankirtana and adapt your life to devotional service;
And you won't be stressed out or feel nervous.
Do Deity worship, eat mahaprasadam and read about Krishna;
And even be as chaste Bheesma.
Radha, the gopis and Krishna have a rare attraction;
but not like movies called "Fatal Attraction."
Dharma and the call of duty as a devotee is the special point;
And that is what Srila Prabhupada wanted to drive home as his salient point.
Respect and follow devotional life;
Even families-husband, children and wife.
I am no authority but I have just gathered these facts from hearsay.
Please feel free to comment if you find any faults in the contents of my poem.