We never use it for spamming or marketing and we 100% respect your privacy. It is like writing me a letter saying I want to bake a cake but I want to do it without the flower and without the sugar and without any oven… It is not possible. Or something else… Please give details and practical suggestions regarding this. And avoid ISKCON. But you can chant Hare Krishna in the toilet. I have been confused for so long by so many different things I have read about this dilemma concerning finding a bona fide Guru. It is distracting at times. i hope u will do some favour for the betterment of Pakistani Hindus. We have all done sinful things in the past and everything can be corrected by Krishna consciousness. Don’t parents tolerate or should they tolerate whatever mischief or misbehaviour a child does. i want you change life read and get good marks all should be happy. This type of ‘preaching’ is very questionable. He sends His pure devotee to the material world to act on His behalf and if we want to get to Krishna we have to go via His pure devotee. All the contents of this website are the Copy Right Properties of Mr. Rajan, the owner of this website. You have to think like that. And since the caffeine is the problem, are de-caffeineated tea & coffee okay ? If my wife gets pregnant then that would be great! We come to realize that these material bodies are temporary illusions only and that things that reinforce our bodily concept of life like sex are actually the greatest enemies of spiritual advancement. If we are not doing these things then we have to be honest with ourselves and realize we have not yet really begun the process of Krishna consciousness. 10) Attachment to material things while engaged in the practice of chanting. 1-this is wrong to pose shiva as demigod in bhagwatam he is not a demigod he is a supreme lord he is one who is granted krishna the sudarshan chakra…. Jurgen. First thing is you should read Prabhupada’s books. All these things are very powerful. Chanting Hare Krishna is the only way to make spiritual advancement in this age of Kali. So there are two aspects to controlling the tongue. Yes. A round is 108 times so it is 108 x 16 times. Since I have been associating with Krishna Devotees and attending the temple I am losing my desire to eat meat. Let me tell you what the problem is. We should always keep this in mind. He is only interested in disciples who are actually prepared to surrender. No one can force you to eat fish. Now I have doubt. You will soon remember everything. Just do it. So we do not advise to imitate. There is no question of “quality chanting” if we can not chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra. So gay people are not allowed unless I leave my life partner or decide to become celibate for the last 40 years of our lives? Although Krishna consciousness is our natural original consciousness, we are in maya’s kingdom now, and it is not easy to escape from the clutches of maya. Get Prabhupada’s books and read them. It is compulsory to chant at least 16 rounds if you want to seriously take to Krishna consciousness. Of course, we must do everything to please Almighty God, our only creator. You have to chant the Hare Krishna mantra yourself at least 16 rounds a day. Thank you. It is very good to hear you are chanting 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily. Like before you start chanting you would offer obeisances and chant Prabhupada’s pranam mantras. So point is in the beginning sometimes we may fail to come up to the standard and we have to feel bad about that, that we have not come to the standard, but at the same time we are trying sincerely to the best of our ability and Srila Prabhupada and Krishna do see our sincere efforts. It is more or less imagination for those who can not understand Krishna but can understand the universe as a form of the Supreme Lord. You are doing the right thing Prabhu. Even from the point of view of health and peace of mind. Do you have any shastra for that? Yes. i m lord krishna devotee and m very frustrated.give me some advice and rules to get closer with lord krishna by heart. That is the way. The more you become attached to Krishna the less you will be interested in sex. We should catch Him Strongly! It takes 2-3 hours to chant 16 rounds. So we have to actually become Krishna conscious and experience this higher taste then we can understand that serving Krishna is what is important, sex is not important except for having nice children. And following Srila Prabhupada’s instructions does not require physical presence. These rules are as follows: 1) blaspheming the Lord’s devotee. I start with asking forgiveness for my offences and beg krishna to accept my offering while calling his name. Lord Caitanya is patita pavana gaura hari–“The Saviour of the most fallen.” So as well as chanting: Sri Krishna Caitanya Prabhu Nityananda Sri Advaita Gadadhara Everything else is secondary. How then do you suggest could a person sustain himself(food, shelter, clothing) while being purely dedicated to the service of the Supreme Godhead? You need to read the discussions of the namacaraya Srila Haridasa Thakura on this. here is no preaching of Hindu philosophy, our children and adults are used to with Islamic preachings because we are totally intermingled with them. He is of the opinion that the earth is overpopulated and wants to reduce the population down to about one billion total. Chanting purifies our consciousnesss and keeps bad elements away from us. We chant on japa beads Prabhu, not clickers… Japa beads are not very heavy to take with you everywhere…. If we just keep on chanting Hare Krishna that chanting of Hare Krishna will give us the strength and determination that will enable us to become properly fixed up in Krishna consciousness. But we have to know it for sure that non-devotees have no knowledge. Haridasa Thakura used to chant the holy name on his beads 300,000 times daily. Just chant Hare Krishna and be happy! But don’t give up. So we just have to become Krishna conscious. So a devotee does not cook for himself or his family. But if you have no japa beads or you are really in some situation where you can not chant on beads you can use a clicker or your mobile phone or your fingers or whatever counting method you can come up with to keep track of how many rounds you have chanted. That means foods prepared from the four groups of grains, milk products, vegetables and fruits. Can’t we spend 2 hrs for Chanting Krishna’s Name & Reading? So the thing is you read Prabhupada’s books, you follow his instructions and you chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and strictly follow the four regulative principles and you will become initiated. Gradually he became lot more passionate and started defeating all the dvaita scholars and this reached a stage where none of dvaita scholars could challenge him. Please read Srila Prabhupada’s “Teachings of Lord Caitanya,” then you will understand everything nicely: https://krishnastore.com/teachings-of-lord-caitanya-1968-edition-h-krishna-405.html. Sir is truley loving some one is also an offence. So the effect of the offensive chanting is that is helps to raise us to the platform of offenseless chanting. If you associate with friends who are all interested in having sex then that association will contaminate you and you will be practically forced to have sex because of this bad association. As long as we are attached to sex for our own pleasure we will not be able to become Krishna conscious and we will not be able to get free from the material world. Just to further clarify my point, for instance, i put in my best efforts at my job, and expect to be rewarded for it and if it doesn’t work out that way, the entire cycle of sadness/hapiness kicks in, and as hard as you may try to be unaffected, it unsettles you. what we think of as love in the material world is just a perverted reflection of this original live we all have with Krishna. You have to take the medicine if you want to cure the material disease. you can come to krishnaconnect.com, where you’ll get like minded people… So he is correct that Lord Shiva is in a position above the other demigods but Lord Shiva is in charge of the mode of ignorance in the material world. That is the problem. I have always had trouble falling asleep – it can take anywhere from half an hour to 2 hours for me to finally nod off. One should not, however, imitate Haridasa Thakura, for no one else can chant the Hare Krsna … Chanting is not a mechanical process. That is essential for spiritual advancement. Breaking the regulative principles…. It is very rare to find a qualified bona fide spiritual master. Lord Nrsimhadeva is Krishna. I’m only able to do 5-12 rounds of japa a day. If we want to become Krishna conscious we have to first control the tongue. But sex has a purpose and it can be used in the service of Krishna to bring nice God-conscious children into the world. What is the importance of counting the holy name while chanting ? In this way, if we can convince them to read Srila Prabhupada’s books, then Prabhupada will directly preach to them. You have to take control of your life and follow the four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily and read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day and if you do these things seriously then all your problems will fade away. Then! That is a very good idea. Greetings, If you chant Hare Krishna then you are going to become Krishna conscious. I will correct my bad behavior. You can chant Hare Krishna mantra anytime but devotees get out of bed before 4:30 AM in the morning so they are chanting Hare Krishna at least for the Brahma-muhurta that occurs 1.5 hours before sunrise. But also a miracle since she is now passed the child bearing years. First become Krishna conscious yourself then you will know. You may have to adjust the times according to the situation. Brahma-muhurta, the early morning hours starting around 4:00 AM is a very good time of course…. Throughout the entire day and night, he would chant the sixteen names of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. Things like peppermint tea, etc. And when chanting japa I, and I think most devotees, always chant once the Panca-Tattva mantra before each round of the Hare Krishna mantra…. But you have to chant at least 16 rounds a day, not 2, if you are serious about becoming Krishna conscious. The four regulative principles [no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication] and chanting at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily are the vows we take at initiation time. No illicit sex life [sex is only for having children in marriage, nothing else]. H are Krishna. Because the chance of meeting a bona fide spiritual master is so rarely attained. But Lord Caitanya is so merciful that He is delivering Krishna consciousness to everyone and He is not caring if they are qualified or not. So we have to develop our loving relationship with Krishna and as our love for Krishna increases we will become disinterested in these temporary love affairs of the material world…. Then, who are going to marry these Krishna-conscious Hindu women if marriage is not important for Krishna-conscious Hindu men? “Then what is the meaning of the ten kinds of offenses? Dear Madhudvisa Dasaji, So we have got access to a pure devotee of Krishna, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and our only hope is to please him, so to please him we have to find out what he wants us to do. So similarly if we satisfy Krishna, the root of everything, automatically all the parts-and-parcels of Krishna, including ourselves, will be satisfied. Of course demons become agitated when devotees try to become Krishna conscious. So yes, most certainly, you can chant Hare Krishna mantra in your office with shoes and with or without beads. Krishna orders that we surrender to a bona fide spiritual master. So we have to at least strictly follow the minimum things. It is not started by Lord Caitanya. You have to follow the four regulative principles strictly including no meat eating, otherwise how can you expect to become Krishna conscious? You have no idea at all. Because if someone has no faith in God and you try and preach about God to him he will only become angry and more offensive towards God. this question has been bothering me for the longest time and I shall be grateful for your insight on it. Thats all! IS Hearing hare krishna mantra is better than chanting. If you cook a cabbage then you have to kill the cabbage to cook it. I don’t mean to offend you. I am still a very fallen person, I’m imperfect, I want to get the desire back to serve Krishna, but I feel so lost without other Devotees. Devotion means surrender. Those who have, their mind is the best of friends. Or, you may chant a part of chanting rounds in the early morning and the remaining rounds in your free time during the day. I can’t Prabhupada pranam mantra and Panchaag tattva mantra and Hare Krishna mantra before opening Srila Prabhupada’s books and then before starting to read. You can chant Hare Krishna anywhere, anytime. The person we are speaking to about Krishna has to be at least a little interested in hearing what we are saying. And garlic and onions are not offerable to Krishna. Chanting means with your tongue and hearing with your ears. Just keep chanting Hare Krishna and reading Prabhupada’s books also and your Krishna consciosuness will develop very nicely! How to control it. When we got to spiritual world can we have infinite attachment towards a living entity?. I wanna become Krishna’s devotee… But its very difficult to follow these rules to me… But how can I overcome these difficulties… I think you understand my problem…. So you have to chant Hare Krishna with your tongue and hear the transcendental vibration with your ears…. Sex life for pleasure is a sin. You have to do these things if you want to be happy. But it is nice if we are getting spiritual thoughts while chanting Hare Krishna. There could not be ANYONE in this world that could be more qualified to guide the fallen as He. He was very concerned about engaging the mayavadis and the impresonalists in Krishna consciousness. But as you are doing you just have to try to become Krishna conscious in spite of all the obstacles and difficulties. On the offensive platform there is no significant result. And that depends on our determination to some extent but really we have to get the mercy of a pure devotee of Krishna. As a result of such pure devotion, he is sure to go back home, back to Godhead. There is no point whatsoever in preaching to a person who is not at least a bit submissive and a bit interested in hearing what you have to say. So read Prabhupada’s books and follow the instructions Srila Prabhupada gives you while you read his books, chant the Hare Krishna mantra at least 16 rounds a day and strictly follow the four regulative principles (no illicit sex, no meat eating, no gambling and no intoxication). Satvik foods are from four groups: grains, milk products, vegetables and fruits. I mean you can have eternal relationship with her(if she wants to have it) and all living entities are spiritual(marginal potency of Lord RadhaKrishna). In this way by taking the Krishna prasadam and by hearing your chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra and if you can also encourage him to read some of Prabhupada’s books, in this way gradually your husband will become more and more Krishna conscious and things will change. Hello Prabhu, just want to add two things. I beg the Almighty, Lord Krsna, that in any future birth I take, even if it is to be in some hellish condition, that I may continue to be allowed to serve Your Divine Grace again and never forget Your causeless mercy. You should be chasing Krishna. So! So Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu introduced this principle of chanting at least a certain minimum number of rounds every day. It was rediscovered by Lord Caitanya and His disciples the Six Gosvamis. But all this has to be secondary to the main purpose of your life which is to become Krishna conscious. 7) Instructing the glories of the Lord’s Name to the unfaithful. I can’t be working all my life to earn money so i need money for basic things like food water shelter etc and also for serving Krsna after retirement. What if the person really loves his wife and really can’t live without her even if he tries to and truly love her unconditionally, congenially and selflessly and tries to make himself Krishna Conscious and her too so that he can take her with him in Spiritual world so she doesn’t suffer. This is the case for all children, handicapped or not handicapped. The secret to advancing in Krishna consciousness is to realize that Srila Prabhupada is living in his books and to take full advantage of Srila Prabhupada in the form of his transcendental books. eggs are not fertalised are they? Just as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s incarnation was hidden and the names of Gauranga and Nityananda are secret, but present in the scriptures. There is no question of no time. But regular calenders do not match with some fasting days(e.g.- like papamochani ekadashi was on 31st of march and in iskcon calender it is given on 1st april) so what is the reason behind this. We have our own etiquette among devotees, sadhu sanga. This world is full of problems and everyone’s life is full of problems and disappointments and difficulties. Both ways work. Once i was just alighting the stairs of the Shopping mall to my surprise i found ISKON monks chanting Hare Krishna and almost out of the blue one of the monks gave me a copy of Bhagwatgita As It IS by Prabhupada. A devotee only accepts Krishna prasadam. It is not fine. Of course chanting Hare Krishna even once is good. Preaching is for pure devotees actually. We can serve Krishna or we can serve maya. If you have any etnlightened soul to your knowledge please let me know. Pranaam Guruji It is too light for me. I feel discouraged from distributing Srila Prabhupadas books thinking I am not doing well enough.. So these people who we get to chant Hare Krishna who have no idea really what it is, that is actually namabhasa and it is very, very powerful. Health wise is it proper since she doesnot walk, she hold things but she needs to be fed, she is totally dependent on me. I eat eggs (no meat), I take salmon fish tablets (omega 3 fatty acids which are good for brain), I do not have any form of sex but do tend to masturbate as it’s natural. Am I doing sinful act ? A pure devotee of Krishna, a bona fide spiritual master, has got the potency to awaken the dormant Krishna consciousness within everyone’s hearts. But we should never feel hopeless. So chant Hare Krishna no matter what situation you find yourself in life and that will give you the strength to stop the smoking and alcohol. So, is this person is doing some offense being with these people. I went through your article pointing out the ten offences and in this regard i am an offender since i smoke cigarettes a lot and am a bit alcoholic which clearly indicates the gact that i am eternally not permitted to chant those golden spells of my God. Can’t stop drinking, don’t believe in god, can i chant while I’m getting clean. Most people watch television for 2-3 hours. He cooks for Krishna. They are being forced to give you trouble because you deserve the trouble because of your sinful activities in the past. That is a particularly powerful time to be chanting Hare Krishna. There is no problem with this. IMPORTANCE OF THE CHANTING (JAPA) OF HARE KRISHNA MAHA MANTHRA, THINGS TO BE AVOIDED / FOLLOWED WHILE CHANTING. So just transfer your inquisitiveness to Srila Prabhupada’s books and Krishna. You can not ‘take’ Srila Prabhupada. If we just read Prabhupada’s books and chant Hare Krishna the taste will come back and again we will be dancing in ecstasy in the Krishna Kirtan, until maya smashes us again… Then we have to get up again. You can chant the mantras given to you by your bona fide spiritual master. Once again, I thank you for your cooperation. It is good to feel disgusted with ourselves and our position. Chanting of hare Krishna mantra is very powerful and effective. Really it is best to stay away from ISKCON temples. Is it chanted on the Krishna bead? And for most of us we can not chant that Hare Krishna mantra purely the first time we chant it…. and when I am saying that I want to be a sanyasi they are saying m mad I need a serious treatment….. But they have some personal interest to get out of Krishna consciousness. Hare krishna, Their association was such a strong thing, I didn’t realize it until they left. I feel comfortable while chanting Maha Mantra silently and I can feel the calmness in my Mind. But you will find many instructions from Srila Prabhupada in the books about things he wants you to do in your practical day-to-day life so the more you follow these instructions and the more you live what you read in Prabhupada’s books the more you will advance in Krishna consciousness. Once we reject Krishna and come here to the material world it is virtually impossible to escape. It is not that men can practice Krishna consciousness better than women. Dear Mr Steve, So just concentrate on these things. So this numerical strength is required. You must know (by name) who are the true followers of Srila Prabhupada and those who are not. This is against the instructions of Srila Prabhupada. I think so. We are not saying you have to do anything at all. 2) while attending the youth festival there…. The Manthra proved to be able to purify any person of any stage is Hare Krishna Maha Manthra: “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare. I will stop putting them in my food. (Many wake up only after 9 am on holidays, half heartedly). I consume meat / fish only once in a week. feeling up and betterment in my voice and attitude when I started the valuable mantras of krishna. You can see in the Krsna book if you read the story of the Brahmana’s wives feeding Krishna and Balaram in the forest how this nature of a woman is favorable for Krishna consciousness. So preaching to them will just make them angry. So we can not be too sentimental and expect everything to be roses and cream. And pure devotees of Krishna are very, very, very rare. Yes. Actually we are all already Krishna’s devotees. It is not very serious if you can only find 1/2 an hour a day for Krishna. Pardon me for asking an irrelevant question regarding this topic as I couldn’t find the right page to ask u a question. So the thing is if we want to become Krishna conscious we have to adjust our lives. If you could clarify them for me, I would be much more clearer in digesting the information. So that means we have to chant Srila Prabhupada’s pranam mantras first, before we do anything. what to do to concentrate in spiritual life upto such an extent so that no offence will be there? We do not bother with them because preaching to an actual demon will make him more angry. When we are delivered by Lord Caitanya we are not fallen any more. But if we fail we have to keep on trying, keep on chanting Hare Krishna. That is just the way it is. We just have to organize that. So the main thing is you need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books and follow the instructions Srila Prabhupada gives you as you read his books and then gradually you will see all your questions are automatically answered and a new and wonderful spiritual world will open up for you. I Can’t stop chanting ” Hare Krishna” when I start but usualy I have to stop when I am in work like in Laboratory job, research work. This material world is like a prison. That is fine. Not everyone is interested, but some are, so we need to find those people and sell them Srila Prabhupada’s books. i completely realise the prerequisite of giving up intoxication,illicit sex , meat eating and even gambling as profession as its exactly same as lighting the candle with one hand and pouring water with another..but i after precisely thinking will not agree that playing of games and sports on limited amounts with main motive of recreation can be considered as prerequisite..it is definitely a part of a sub rules conduct to which the one should further rise up..including it in prerequisite will be same as directing to avoid playing sports and games which is nothing else but simply a yogic thought… But, don’t fall below that number. So even though in this stage we are not feeling any real pleasure from chanting Hare Krishna, it may even be painful, but it is the medicine that will cure the material disease. Krishna consciousness is a science. So what do we do about that? All we are saying is if you want to become Krishna conscious, if you want to make spiritual advancement, then you have to give up illicit sex. So devotees don’t do anything for their own sense gratification, they do everything for the pleasure of Krishna’s senses. But keep chanting Hare Krishna and reading Prabhupada’s books and Krishna will give you the intelligence and make adjustments in your life so you can rectify the situation. I ordered Krsna The Supreme Personality of Godhead, The Bhagavad Gita, & The Teachings of Lord Caitanya. I will be honest to be a Spritual desiple, Srila Prabhupada is a bona fide spiritual master and you can get his guidance by reading his books. These days most devotees have bogus gurus. Krishna consciousness is a practical thing–a way of life. Hare Krishna! Now I want to join Gym but if i join gym , trainer will suggest me to eat egg everyday. What is the reason they do for? That is much better, a much higher standard of sense gratification, than one could get from taking intoxication, gambling, having sex, etc. There will be many offenses for sure. After taking a bath and wearing fresh clothes, you must sit in front of an idol of Lord Krishna and then start the chanting using a Tulsi rosary. I do admit. Anyone can do it and it may take a bit longer like say 4 hours in the beginning. That is the real association–and if you really surrender to Srila Prabhupada by following his instructions you will feel his real tangible presence with you at all time and he will always be there to guide you and help you. We have to enter Krishna’s family. As book distributors we do not always see the results of our preaching and book distribution. So if we are even slightly serious about Krishna conscious we have to find this 2-3 hours every day to chant 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra. First you should read Srila Prabhupada’s books. Once you hear the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra from a pure devotee you have a spiritual master and if you go on chanting the Hare Krishna mantra you will get great benefit. So bona fide guru, Srila Prabhupada, is there, you simply have to take care to carefully hear his instructions to you as you read his books and make sure that you put those instructions into practice in your day-to-day life and in this way you will be hearing instructions from and surrendering to Srila Prabhupada. Your idea is not correct. But that means you have to associate with him, hear from him, surrender to him, serve him… It is not a cheap thing. I also have one more query. So we are like that. God realization is not a very cheap thing. In fact it is very difficult to find this anywhere in the world at the moment. So certainly Krishna will be happy with you because you are trying to develop devotion for him. Too much heat from Mantra can cause hormonal imbalance, dehydration and other problems. Sannyasa is the final stage. Yes. It is not for liberation. They can start from the stage (2) below: Nama Ohm Vishnu Paadaaya Krishna Preshthaya Bhuthale, Srimathe Bakthivedantha Swamin Ithi Namine, Namaste Saraswathe Deve Gauravani pracharine, nirvisesha sunyavadi paschatya desa tarine. It is the normal tea and coffee that is the problem. You can chant Hare Krishna and advance in spiritual life together. i am 36 years old..and i have two daughters..studying in 3 and 1…. So we are very fortunate to have such a great opportunity to hear from and associate with His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. If Krishna brings someone into the world then Krishna also supplies the food for him to eat. It is the mission of our life because if we can become Krishna conscious in this life then we don’t have to come back to this horrible material world again–we can go back home back to Godhead. So do now worry so much about this, just remember that if you sense the person you are speaking to about Krishna does not want to hear it then it is better not to try to force it on them. What else can I say? Krishna worship has been always going on…. I do not understand why people do chant “Hare Krishna” Maha Mantra throughout Astaprahari. It only takes 2-3 hours a day to chant 16 rounds. Hare Krishna, I am disturbed by NEGATIVE THOUGHTS while chanting. The idea is not to eat too much, but also not to eat too little. I am a girl who gets sick every month like any other girl, you know what i mean? But the vow we take is to chant 16 rounds on beads. so krishna becomes a master himself. That is just the way it is. why he is not down to earth??? Also regarding the eggs. So they are intoxicants and forbidden for devotees. Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita that for My devotee I protect what He has and personally carry to him what he needs. But the cure for this jaundice disease is to take sweet things. I feel uncertain of this, it seems like it would be offensive to chant the holy name without believing in the holy name, I don’t feel good about this person’s intention and I feel I have heard and been taught that this would be offensive, but I’m not certain. Now you just have to keep on improving and follow whatever principles you are not following and because you will keep on chanting Hare Krishna Krishna will give you the strength to do this. However, we are not intoxicated to these necessities of life. An offering of butter and sugar (Makhan-mishri) can also be prepared and placed before the idol as it is the favorite dish of Lord Krishna. i am not interested in having a sex with girl to whom i am loving. Also because Srimati Tulsi Devi is a pure devotee of Krishna when we are chanting on tulsi beads we are touching the body of a pure devotee. I sure have a long way to go. You can and should chant Hare Krishna always in every circumstance. Also I am married and blessed with two kids. The disciple surrenders to and hears submissively from the bona fide spiritual master. Prabhupada: No, not necessary. KARMA, AKARMA AND VIKARMA – DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM! Master, since I am presently in such a lowly and fallen condition, Please take mercy on me and help me abide in You correctly. We are stuck here to suffer eternally. But it is better to eat less than more. And it is disrespectful to wear tulsi beads and at the same time commit sinful activities. Of course it is good that you get her to chant Hare Krishna and give her Krishna prasadam and if she can read you can get her to read Srila Prabhupada’s books. Yes. That is the way. Forgive me for any offense, but why do we have to chant 16 rounds a day? Devotees only accept Krishna Prasadam. The example given to explain this is that when milk is in contact with a culture it is transformed into yoghurt. One is vapu, or associating with his physical form, and the other is vani, or associating with him by following his transcendental instructions. I am I doing something wrong Prabu by not sitting at one place and chanting near my pets? That means 4 – 5 times in a month. So you have to read Prabhupada’s books so you know about Krishna so you can talk about Krishna with everyone you meet…, Thank-you for your reply and the way you replied. We can chant Hare Krishna in Sankritan on the streets and the envious people will hear it and they may get a little upset but if the chanting is being done by pure devotees it will be powerful and will touch their hearts. But actually this is just because of bad association in most cases. And will do it before listening to lectures also and chant Prabhupada pranam mantras 3 times a day bowing down before him and more. Also, may I know in which Holy scriptures Krishna mentioned these offenses? The demons will always be antagonistic towards the devotees. So you can not really understand any of these things without seriously taking to Krishna consciousness, chanting Hare Krishna, reading the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, etc. I am a married person aged around 42 years having one daughter and doing job. The only cure to our sinful and offensive ways is the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. I have a close relative , who has committed a lot of mistakes and is diagnosed with a mental disorder, I am striving to be a Krishna devotee and follow all the restrictions and wear the Tulasi maala , I thought the only solution for the relative’s mental instability is to chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra all other forms of treatment have failed , she has started chanting one maala round per day , are there any suggestions apart from this to help this fallen individual. The spiritual master must be liberated otherwise he can not help his disciples become liberated. Our mahajana is Srila Prabhupada and he has ordered his disciples to chant at least 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna mantra daily on beads and we must do this. But the point is first we need to chant Prabhuapda’s pranam mantras, then the Panca-tattva maha mantra, then the Hare Krishna maha mantra. And you can experience the presence of a bona fide spiritual master by reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and hearing his classes. A primary quality of a real acharya as you have noted is humility. You just have to become Krishna conscious, that requires reading Srila Prabhupada’s books and following the instructions you find Srila Prabhupada giving you as you read his books. So Krishna creates this material world for us where we can ‘play God’. If we’re not meant to enjoy sex w/our spouses. I completely understand your position. But the regulative principles have to be followed and that means a married couple can have sex once a month on the day that is the most likely for the woman to conceive when they want to have a child. Even all the 4 rules are being followed by me from last many years with chanting as well but still the offences takes place most of the time. You should not be interested in people like this. Jai Shri Krishna!Thank you so much for the above newsletter.It was a wonderful start to 1/1/12.I sincerely hope and pray I can do a lot more than last year regarding following Srila Prabhupadajis instructions fron his books,starting from reading them avidly and reverentially to trying and acting on them.Thank you once again. So we have met Srila Prabhupada–we should take advantage of our great fortune and surrender to him, hear from him, serve him, offer him obeisances. Therefore if we want to be successful in the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra it is essential that we come to the platform of offenseless chanting. how my life can be simple? while I do my household works, so is that okay. she was able keep me going and that path has led me back to Krishna. Really, I do not understand this statement as it does not make sense to me. It has to be voluntary. That is the way of accepting any scientific thing. He does not gambling, does not drink alcohool, nor eats meat. Srila Prabhupada often gives the example of a man with the jaundice disease. Hare Krishna Prabhuji but the nature of the job drags into these things?I am confused about this.It would be great help to shed some light on this prabhu.I don’t know if I explained my doubt clearly.. No, working in a bank is not gambling. And surely i am a child of theirs. if you want to solve a problem then solve it without anger. Otherwise if we are not even seriously trying to do these things we are not going to make spiritual advancement. A proper diet will cure most physical problems. His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is a bona fide spiritual master and you can find him in his books and other recorded teachings like the audio recordings of his classes and the film and video recordings of him…. There are many that serve His Divine Grace and accept Him as their Spiritual Master, even though they may have never personally met Him or taken any kind of formal initiation. We can not convince everyone to buy a book. I was told since I was a child that everyone that chant mahamantra can achieve great misericordy. Our children & myself are baptized Lutheran. Please reply. It has nothing to do with cakras, oxygen levels, hypnosis, positive thinking, or anything merely mental or mechanical. If you eat meat it will not be possible to make spiritual advancement. But yes. So we have to organize our life so our tongue only vibrates the Hare Krishna mantra and Krishna katha, talks about Krishan, and the tongue only tastes Krishna prasadam–then we will be able to control the genitals. Something as simple as having a regular job gets you entangled in everything materialistic. So can I consider Lord Narshimha equal to Krishna during chanting? Sex is only for having children in marriage. Animals consciousness is very low, they can not practice spiritual life in an animals body. But if you keep chanting every day 16 rounds–even if you are not feeling any taste or attraction to chanting Hare Krishna–for 12 months and then look back on your life you will see in those twelve months your whole life has been transformed and you are now quite a different person with a different and much nicer outlook on the world and you will be much closer to Krishna. These things are only for serious devotees. I’m wide awake at 3 am. So the beads are a counting mechanism to enable us to keep track of how many rounds we have chanted. So Shiva will be very happy with his followers if they too worship Lord Krishna. Especially when it is from a pure devotee. Therefore you need to read Srila Prabhupada’s books at least 1-2 hours a day. Mostly people are not going to surrender to Krishna. Hence, For a devotee it does not matter if he is rich or poor. “In this age of Kali the only way, the only way, the only way to make spiritual advancement is chanting the names of Hari.”. So just do it. So Krishna will accept offerings of foodstuffs in the mode of goodness. But my parents does not allow me to eat veg and chant holy names.whenever I chant if they hear they scold me and i only read about gita and instructions of lord chaitanya in internet I had a gita which my father has taken away from me.i am a student of engineering and I have no personal money how can I buy book.i cannot steal money from parents and read the books which is a sin please give me a solution. Surely Krishna should look at the heart first? There is no more complete way to become captivated by maya than to ‘fall in love’ with a woman. Selling vitamin supplements, protein bar or beauty products, etc are not potentially Krsna Consciousness. But of course chanting 10 rounds a day, you will naturally get more attachment to chanting Hare Krishna and want to chant more rounds. They do exist of course. In fact i am doing my 16 rounds for a month now, i started on the japa some 3 months ago. These days people watch the television and play on their phones and computers for on average 5-6 hours a day. The solution is only Krishna consciousness. Then before chanting Hare Krishna we have to chant the Panca-Tattva maha mantra. No. And such false disciples never become actually Krishna conscious. Without having a bona fide spiritual master you can chant Hare Krishna forever but you will not be able to advance because Krishna does not reveal Himself in this way. So the point is in all engagements in the material world there is some imperfection. If you meet an non-devotee also you should talk about Krishna. I have quit smoking, caffeine, meat eating and sinful food many times only to fail and fail again.