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Title: Chanting Today

User: neilsf    Date: 2006-07-20 09:52:41


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

All glories to Swami Gaurangapada and all the devotees!


I've been taking a night class and so I've been getting home late the last couple of days. I've been really trying to get my chanting done before class and have been successful, so far.


Because I've been getting home so late, I try to get my maximum amount of sleep that I can, so I stay in bed until the absolute last minute. I rush out of bed and take my shower and am out of the house within 15 minutes. I know...ideally, I would get up early, take a shower and do my chanting at home where I can concentrate better...maybe sometime I'll train myself to get up early, but I am very greedy when it comes to staying in bed.


So anyway I usually do 5 of my ten rounds of Nityananda and Gauranga while on the bus to work. I think it would be better if I did try to get up early because when I'm saying the mantras quietly to myself on the bus, I find it really difficult to concentrate. Usually I try to meditate on an image of Nityananda and Gauranga dancing with their arms in the air. Of course the mental image I have is static, I haven't been blessed with a real "vision" of them. Its really interesting, when my mind wanders, I can even forget that I'm even chanting, but as soon as I bring myself back and focus on Nityananda and Gauranga, I feel happy and peaceful.


At work, I try to finish my chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga on a break and I can sit quietly and try to concentrate better, but my mind still wanders. I'm happy that I can always come back and relish the names and pastimes of Nityananda and Gauranga.


I try to do my 4 rounds of Hare Krishna at lunch. I will either go out for a walk, which makes me not concentrate very well, or I sit down in out break room and chant there. I like sitting and chanting much better becasue there I can really focus on Nityananda and Gauranga and try to visualize their activities. I want so much to see the and hear and participate in their kirtan. I try my best to see it in my heart and I pray that it will get clearer.


I'm very happy that I have a job where I can take the time and effort to do my chanting. I feel very alone and without any association here in San Francisco. I never meet other devotees. I sometimes will go to the ISKCON temple in Berkeley, but my experience is that people there aren't very friendly. I don't know, maybe its me. I don't go out of my way to talk to anybody...


I'm so thankful for the association of Swami Gaurangapada and our family here. If it wasn't for this forum, I would have no Vaishnava association at all. Reading everybody's bloggs and posts have been an inspiration to me.


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