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Title: Breathing and Chanting
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-03-13 15:52:36
hi swami, i tried to do Gaura kriya for 15 mins but i have difficulty breathing and chanting the mantra. i don't know why everytime i do this yoga i would feel very tired and have difficulty going on. i have chronic fatigue for many years now but when i chant the two mantras without breathing i can chant successfully. what shall i do swami?
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
The very uttering of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas is the greatest offenseless Yoga of Kali Yuga and nothing more is required since chanting is independent of the time, place, circumstances or even the very method with which we perform the chanting. Thus there is no difference between Gaura Japa and Gaura Kriya.
The breath synchronization or breath awareness pranayama of Gaura Kriya helps the flickering mind to concentrate or focus on the sound vibration of Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas. The Hari Bhakti Vilasa states that pranayama does assist japa.
But this concentration can be achieved in another way also which is to loudly vibrate the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas. The loud vibration of the Mantrarajas subdues the rambling mind. Loud chanting should be accompanied by meditation on the Divine Forms of Their Lordships Nityananda-Gauranga (by seeing a Picture, Photo or Deity) or Their Pastimes. This is way to deep enter into the unlimited transcendental meanings of Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas while chanting.
Please let us know if you have more queries. We are always here to help you. We greatly appreciate your determination to chant inspite of your chronic bodily problems and we pray to the Lord that your taste in chanting should always increase.
Yours in service, Swami Gaurangapada.