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Title: My Weekend

User: neilsf    Date: 2006-07-31 19:51:10


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!


My repeated pranams and dandavats to Swami Gaurangapada and all the Vaishnavas.


This weekend was much better for me than last weekend. I made sure to do all of my chanting and even though I might have put it off till the evening, I was able to complete my chanting. I feel good about that.


I've decided that I'm going to just keep it simple for myself right now. If chanting is the most important thing, I am going to focus on that. My goal is to do 4 rounds of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra and 10 Rounds of Gauranga and Nityananda every day from now to January. After January, I'm going to increase my Hare Krishna to 6 rounds. Each time I increase, I'm going to stay with that for 6 months until I increase again.


Part of me says that I want to start off by doing 16 rounds. But I know I am a weak and fallen soul, so I feel that if I can do it gradually it will stick better.


I really think that right now my main focus should be getting established in chanting. I believe that Swami Gaurangapada says that chanting is tne most important thing. Although I want to be perfect right away, I'm not going to focus on strictly following the regulative principals... The only one I really have trouble with is the intoxication. Maybe as I gradually increase my chanting, I will train myself to gradually decrease my coffee consumption.


The recent discussion about deity worship has been very interesting. I have a set of Gauranga Nityananda deities. I don't really do formal worship, just light a candle and incense to them and do my chanting while recieving their darshan. I feel ok about that because as Swami Gaurangapada wrote in "NG in Every Home:"


"Based on the conversation of Shrila Prabhupada with Yugadharma Prabhu quoted in the beginning of the book, we can come to the following conclusion:

If one cannot follow this full simplified procedure, then atleast one can

peform kirtana and offer one arati and all the cooked food daily to

Nityananda-Gauranga. If one can't even do that then kirtana, arati and one

bhoga offering daily. If that is also not possible then kirtana and one

bhoga offering daily. If that is also difficult then Shri Shri

Nityananda-Gauranga can be pleased simply by kirtana. If kirtana is also not

possible daily, then one can atleast have the most purifying and auspicious

darsana of Their Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda-Gauranga. Even this will

ensure our tremendous and rapid spiritual advancement according Shrila

Prabhupada. So what to speak of those who perform the full worship? Whatever

is the case, no one should hesitate any longer to bring the Deities of Shri

Shri Nityananda-Gauranga in their homes. Then the purpose of this book will

be fulfilled."


I am happy that Swami Gaurangapada has made devotional service easy for a beginner like my self. As I gradually increase my chanting, I will also gradually increase my deity worship...but in the meantime, I'm happy to have Nitayananda and Gauranga in my home and I am so pleased that they are not offended by my impure worship.


I bow again and again to the Lotus feet of Swami Gaurangapada and thank him from the bottom of my heart for leading me to chant and to very gradually become a Vaishnava. This is what I want more than anything else. I want to make it work and to stick.


I also bow down again to all the vaishnavas and thank them for their contiued support and patience with such a fallen and struggling devotee.


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Title: Re: My Weekend

User: Nava Gauranga dasa  Date: 2006-08-01 08:15:58


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

Dear Neil, please accept my simple obiesances.


Thanks for your blog entry it is very nice. Your realisations from Nityananda and Gauranga in Every Home have been helpful to me. I feel also that Gurudeva is helping us through his kind instructions to advance in a gradual and steady way. The slow and steady win the race. Keep posting your spiritual journey, Neil, good on you.




Title: Re: My Weekend

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-08-01 10:31:38


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! :pranams: Pranams! and :bless: Blessings!  :agree:


Title: Re: My Weekend

User: Igor     Date: 2006-08-01 11:21:36


Very nice and sincere blog Neif! :ty:



I believe that Swami Gaurangapada says that chanting is the most important thing. Harer nama harer nama…There is no other way! We really can not do anything else! That is reality! We can not even chant only Krishna Naam withouth offences! Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas are only way how fallen jives in this age can make advancement. All glories to Swami Gaurangapada who presented this secret practice to this world!


I am happy that Swami Gaurangapada has made devotional service easy for a beginner like my self. Yes, that is only way. In this age we do not have qualifications, mind and body for austerities, and we are constantly agitated with various things. Our mind and senses are restless and we are in most miserably condition. But this practice of chanting is so simple that even child can chant!


Nava wrote - The slow and steady win the race. Thank you Nava for pointing that! Many times I was placed in situation just to learn that. No shortcuts in spiritual journey. I learned from my mistakes – do not hurry and do not walk too slow and you will be successful. Latin proverb Festina Lente - Hurry slowly!

 Oh, that reminds me on acintya bhedabheda philosophy!:finger: