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Offense 11: Inattentive Chanting

Post Author: Amiya    Date: 2007-11-20 17:11:21
From the book, The Art Of Chanting Hare Krishna by Mahanidhi Swami:

Inattention while chanting is also considered an offense. In fact, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that distraction (inattention) or attraction to other things while chanting japa is the root cause of all offenses: "Distraction in chanting produces a type of illusion, causing serious offenses against the holy name that are difficult to overcome. This illusion leads to craving for wealth, women, position, success, and cheating. When these material attractions cover the heart, one loses interest in chanting the holy name." (Harinama-chintamani) "If you become inattentive that is an offense. You should know this. Try to avoid. Krsna is giving us chance to meet Him in so many ways: nama, rupa, lila, parikara, vasistha." (SPT 30/10/72) Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura describes three types of inattention under the category of pramada, which means complete madness. In other words, it is definitely a symptom of insanity if one begs Krsna to come by calling out His names, and then simultaneously ignores Him and pays no attention to Him. The three types of inattention are apathy, laziness and distraction.

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-11-23 11:11:48
@ Igor

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! It is a good question.

I will try to summarize the steps in this quality vs quantity discussion from my understanding of Hari Naam Chintamani:

Step 1: Fix a quota of rounds which you can chant daily with full meditation on the meanings of the Holy Names in consultation with Gurudeva is one has a Guru.
Step 2: Try to chant that quota of rounds with the maximum concentration and meditation on the Holy Names one can summon while chanting.
Step 3: Remain fixed in this quota of chanting with constant quality of concentration and meditation for a few months.
Step 4: Gradually increase the quantity to the next stage of chanting after one is fixed and steady in quality chanting for the previous quota for a few months.

If one's meditation on the form and pastimes of the Lord is not present while chanting even though we may be completing our quota of rounds daily, then it would be better to first concentrate on increasing that to an acceptable level while chanting the lower number of rounds rather than artificially trying to increase the quantity of chanting to the next stage. Steadiness in qualitative chanting will automatically ease the chanting process and make it tasteful and thus one will be able to increase the quantity effortlessly once one begins relishing one's chanting. Artificially increasing the quantity of our chanting of Naam without following the steps above may not lead to increase in our attachment to the Holy Names i.e. qualitative chanting. Hari Naam Chintamani states that due to lack of quality in chanting, one may not experience even a drop of taste for the Holy Names even when one is chanting 100,000 Names daily.

Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.

Post Author: Bhakta Igor    Date: 2007-11-20 18:00:07
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
All glories to Swami Gaurangapada! All glories to Srilla Prabhupada!
Beautifull text. If we van chant with focus all perfection will come. If we are chanting with apathy, laziness and distraction then we must face many obstacless and we will surerly commit numerous aparadhas. Question: Acording to above statement what is better for neohite devotee - to chant with full concentration fixed, smaller number of rounds (quality) or to chant many rounds despite lack of concentration (quantity). Some devotees think that quality will come from chanting many rounds, other are saying that we will only make it worse because we will commit many nama-aparadhas. What is right understanding?
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
Dasso'smi Igor

Post Author: Bhakta Igor    Date: 2007-11-23 18:21:39
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
Thank you Gurudeva for this explanation! That is a must for every devotee to understand! I need to hear it! Thank you! Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna

Post Author: Hadai Nityananda dasa    Date: 2007-11-20 17:46:56
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

There is no difference between the Holy Name and the Lord Himself. When we chant His Names we invite Him. When we ignore Him is like we would invite a guest and then give the guest no attention. Anybody with a little manner would not do that. When we invite the most wonderful Lord, the Love of our lives how could we ignore Him? It is indeed the greatest offense.

Post Author: Gouranga dasa    Date: 2007-11-20 18:10:27
Jaya thanks for the reminder,Pranaams! In one sense it makes things easier, just avoid being innatentive and all the other ten offenses are taken care of automatically. thank you!!!

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