In Nama Bhajana,Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura tells how to become absorbed in chanting japa: "While chanting the name you should continuously remember Krsna's spiritual characteristics, and also explain the meaning of the name to your mind. While recollecting the meaning and form of the name you should pray to Krsna with a piteous cry." This practice will attract the mercy of Krsna, and lead you forward on the path of devotion. The repeated remembrance of the meaning of the holy name will gradually purify the heart of all material contamination. Then the name will appear in person before the spiritual eyes of the devotee. When the svarupa (personal form) of the name fully appears, it is identical with the blissful form of Lord Sri Krsna. The appearance of the svarupa of the name is the appearance of the svarupa of Lord Krsna.
"The more clearly and purely that the name is visible, the more one's bhajana will proceed in the presence of Krsna's svarupa. At this stage of chanting the holy name the three modes of nature quickly disappear, and Krsna's spiritual qualities iguna) appear in the heart of the devotee. While doing bhajana, if the devotee can see the happy union of the name, form and qualities (nama, rupa, gunas,) of Lord Sri Krsna, then by the grace of the Lord he will see the pastimes of Sri Krsna within his heart." (Nama-bhajana) The practice of remembering the meaning of the mantra with affection is also mentioned in Hari-bhakti-vilasa:?manah samharanam saucarh maunam mantrartha-cintanam avyagratvam anirvedo japa-sampatti-hetavah (33) To be attentive, purification of the heart is required. This means keeping silence and avoiding unfavorable talking. While chanting, one must affectionately remember the meaning of the mantra. Steadiness, patience, and attachment to chanting are all treasures of chanting.
From the Art of Chanting Hare Krishna, by Mahanidhi Swami.
Post Author: Amiya Date: 2007-12-09 15:22:25
Gaura Kishor Dasa Babaji considered his nama-japa to be fruitless without seeing the beautiful form of Krsna while chanting the holy name."Gaura Kishora dasa Babaji could not tolerate unsuccessful bhajana. When there was no nama-sphurti (manifestation of the name in meditation), he would often throw himself in the Ganga. He entered the water up to his neck, and would only come outagain when the name would appear." (Prabhupada Sarasvati Thakura p. 57)
Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-12-09 16:07:16
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shri Guru Parampara! Pranams! This is the essential essence of Naam Bhajana given to us by Shrila Saravati Thakura Prabhupada...naam sphurti, krishna smarana vinaa nishphala jivana...Only one who continuously strives to meditate on the divine form of Lord Gauranga Krishna while chanting Naam, can attain full and complete success in Naam Bhajana.