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By Swami Gaurangapada
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! While chanting with rapt concentration, I realized today that who will give up this supreme nectar of the Holy Names and go to sleep in the lap of Maya or illusion.
Sleeping is necessary for the body but these bodily urges of the body like sleeping, eating, mating etc. can be reduced by deep and constant meditation on the Holy Names. Mechanical chanting is beneficial because we hear the sound vibration of the Holy Names and it slowly purifies our heart but it is not totally effective in helping us to reduce these bodily urges. It is only the meditative chanting which very powerfully scraps all the dirt in the hidden crevices of our heart and gradually reveals the Lord to us as the bud of the Holy Names gradually opens and blossoms as progress and advance in our chanting.