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Title: Chanting the Holy Names and Performing service simultaneousl
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-03-15 09:02:52
Thank you so much dear Gaurangapada Maharaja for everything. For so much inspiring information, for your enthusiasm to spread the glories of the Holy Name. I'm become enthused again and again by reading knowledge comming from you. Thank you so much.
I've been chanting Nityananda and Gouranga for about three years without knowing glories anf benefit of chanting - mainly while performing service of book distribution. During that time I wasn't very attentive to the Holy Names. I just hear another devotee doing this & I became also attracted. I definetly felt benefit from doing that - chanting was the essential thing what kept me going in devotional service - otherwise due to offenceful mentality I woudn't be able to carry on.
I'm aspiring initiation from spiritual master. He is away for some time - and when it was very difficult time for me - he send few SMS messages asking me to take shelter of Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga. He also again and again stressed and encouraged me to chant the holy names at ALL times. He have hear my chanting Nitai-Gauranga before and I knew he was pleased with that.
So I took to the chanting Nitai-Gauranga much more seriously since then. It lifted so much me from offences and helped so much. So I want to learn to do it properly and have few questions for you.
I try to chant all the time, especially during book distribution. However, I find that if I concentrate on the book distribution than I not really hearing the Holy Names. And if I concentrate on the Holy Names, than I'm not concentrating on book distribution. I've tried recently couple things - I try to concentrate on service and at the same time chant slowly but loudly - that doesn't disturb people around. However I found that if I chant slowly - space factor is present - again neither concentrating on the holy name neither on service.
Another thing I tried to chant few names and try to hear them very attentively - and than concentrate on the service. Than again on the Holy name - than on service. However again I found that neither was properly concentrating on both of them.
Could you give advice how to do it properly - how to chant nicely and perform service nicely at the same time. And also generally - how to chant while performing service that involves applying the mind a lot - working with computer, planning the day etc.
Thank you so much in advance.
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
Dear ND, Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shrila Prabhupada's Book Distribution Sankirtana! Welcome to the Naam Yoga forum.
In such a case, you could try chanting mentally while meditating on the form of the Lord. Hari Bhakti Vilasa states that mental chanting is compared to direct meditation and thus it is easy to do while externally performing other devotional services. You can read my article about how to concentrate while chanting mentally from Hari Bhakti Vilasa. Thankyou so much for making a sincere attempt to always remember the Holy Names even while doing other services. It is a basically an art to chant while doing all our devotional services and one can get mastery in this art by determined practice and the causeless mercy of Lord Nityananda.