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Title: Comment by Nava Gauranga dasa on: Chanting
User: Blog Comments Date: 2007-01-05 13:05:51
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
Jaya Swami Gaurangapada!
Jaya Gaura Bhakta Vrinda!
please accept my simple obiesances and well-wishes. Thank you for sharing your spiritual journey online, dear Godbrother.
I do not really have answers as such for you, but can only share things that are working in my spiritual life. A process that is universal and scientific.
For some years I fluctuated between different faiths, possibly for a reason similar to yours in some respect. You see, I perceive great value in the diverse faiths in the world and just simply find theology interesting. And yes, like to experience the good things in them. I don't want to miss out on a good thing either, Neil.
But at some point I decided to place my main focus in GaurangaKrishna consciousness; I think a steadiness in my faith is developng. How did this occur? By reading and hearing the word of God! The same principle as Saint Paul taught in one of his letters in the christian bible. I am sure you know the verse. A universal principle! And the more things are becoming steady, more and more taste for hearing and chanting is developing. Eventually, scripture says, that great attachment will then occur. When great attachment to the bhakti processes occurs, one does not wish to waste a second of the day in non-devotional activity. Sravanam/Kirtanam! This is the key to steadiness!
Reading (hearing) is such an essential part of spiritual practice, for by it faith fructifies, develops, and matures. From reading we can gain deeper spiritual realizations and these realizations can enhance the quality of chanting. Chanting and hearing reciprocate with each other very nicely. Sravanam/Kirtanam!
So I would encourage you dear friend, to dive deep into the Vanibase. Find some writings in it that interest you alot and that you find inspiring. Care for your faith, nurture it as your best friend, water it daily by reading.
I find reading very relaxing, time out from the mundane you might say. Time to tune out and turn on! Incorporating this time out (reading time) as a daily, pleasureable spiritual practice is a key I feel.
I hope this helps.
aspiring to be of service,
Nava Gauranga dasa.
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