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Title: Re: Chanting 64 Rounds Query

User: Laksmipati dasa††††††† Date: 2006-01-13 09:03:00


Jaya Please accept my respectful obeisances, all glories to Shrila Prabhupada.

Ok thanks for your reply Maharaja. It seems that the Most merciful nature of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda that they will not mind us to freely chant our prescribed 64 rounds in between stopping people on the street?

Please donít take me in a critical way, but I would like to ask, do we not find with the example of Shrila Prabhupada that he spent more time preaching than extra time for chanting. As far as I know Shrila prabhupada chanted 16 rounds daily also on beads? and balance time for preaching.

I would also ask if you could give any direction, advice and other guidance from your own experience on how to come to this platform of 64 rounds. Also what is the balance between Hare krishna and Nitai Gaura? is it 32 of each or what would you suggest?

I am currently chanting 25 rounds every day.

Thanks for the great website. Hope all is well with you. And big NITAI GAURANAGA to all visitors!!!

Laxmi pati dasa.


Title: Chanting 64 Rounds Query

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-12-13 07:39:00


Question by Lakshmipati dasa

Hare Krishna!!!!! Gauranga!!!! Nityananda!! Jaya Please accept my respectful Obeisances Maharaja, All glories to Shrila Prabhupada, I was reading your Lakeshwara compilation and it is very inspiring, I one day hope to chant 64 rounds. It got me thinking how to implement this and I wonder if you can give any advice. More Ľ: ""

May I ask what is your consideration regarding presidense of going on Sankirtan book distribution and or chanting 64 rounds as a daily routine? How to implement this? Currently I am participating in the Prabhupada book marathon. Our temple programs are a little faster and we get out on the steet for 9am and we finish at 7pm and by the time we reach the temple it is 8pm,Our whole day is spent engaging people for book and Holy name distribution, we also distribute Kirtan Cds, so I wondered about how to chant 64 rounds without needing to reduce the amount of time engaging people.

I thought of chanting on a clicker while on the street, Because there is no offense then is it permitted to chant 64 rounds of Gauranga: "http:///"]Nityananda [URL="http:///" on a clicker while performing other service?, or is it required to refrain from other services and simply devote the full time to Chanting 64 rounds? Thanks for your association.

Laxmi Pati dasa: "http:///"

Answer by Swami: "http:///" Gaurangapada:

Thanks for your question and for your interest in increasing Naam: "http:///"]Naam Bhajan. It may take many lives of sadhana and bhajana to come to point of theoretically accepting the ideal standard of Laksha Naam as given to us by the Supreme Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu what to speak of actually chanting Laksha [URL="http:///".

The basic protection in our life is the order of Lord Naam: "http:///"]Gauranga which ideally is Laksha Naam. Shrila Prabhupada said that he was mercifully minimizing the minimum standard when he gave us the minimum chanting of 25,000 names daily (16 rounds). Marathon book distribution i.e. brihad mridanga is no doubt a very pleasing service to Shrila Prabhupada and Shri Shrila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. But my personal instruction is that Laksha Naam is the most primary service expected by the Lord every single day from all souls as told by Himself in Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata so it would be best if one can find the ways and means to chant 100,000 Names daily and simultaneously distribute books on the streets in the balance time we find during the day. That will ensure that we are pleasing both the Lordís pure devotee and the Lord simultaneously. The pure devoteeís order to us for service will never undermine the original order of the Lord. The pure devotee would never want that. So we should try our best to follow both simultaneously. How this is to be practically done can be worked out as per the time, place and circumstances but giving 6-8 hours in a day for chanting Laksha [URL="http:///" still leaves us 16 hours more to fulfill the order of our pure devotee Acharyas.

For your other question, yes, Naam: "http:///"]Nityananda Gauranga [URL="http:///" can be feelingly chanted anywhere, at anytime and in any place on beads or clickers or any other instrument as They are the most merciful Names in creation.


Title: Re: Chanting 64 Rounds Query

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-12-13 09:05:00


Shrila Prabhupada is a pure devotee and he was chanting constantly so we cannot imitate him, rather we should follow his clear instructions: "" like:

Prabhupada: Then he should try to chant Hare Krishna mantra, instead of sixteen rounds, sixty-four rounds. That is the way. Sixteen round is the minimum. Otherwise Haridasa Thakura was 300,000. So you have to increase. That is the only remedy. If one has got determination, he will make progress without any trouble. That determination is very difficult, that determination, ďI must be Krishna conscious fully.Ē That determination. Dridha-vratah.

The steady platform of 64 rounds cannot be reached overnight. One has to increase one relationship (sambandha) with the Holy Name by gradually and perseverantly increasing the daily time we spent on chanting. One should always make sure that one is solid and steady on one stage for some time (few months) before proceeding to the next stage of chanting. That is how one advances in Naam Bhajan according to Seventh Goswami Shrila Sacchidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura. I recommend the progressive chanting stages of 10-10-1, 10-10-4, 10-10-10, 16-16-16, 32-32-16, 64-64-16 and 64-64-64 to reach to the stage of Laksheshvara or Laksha Naam (100,000 Names daily). Thankyou so much for your kind participation and desire to increase the quality and quantity of your Naam Bhajan.


Title: Re: Chanting 64 Rounds Query

User: Laksmipati dasa††††††† Date: 2006-12-13 09:10:00


Hare krishna, thank you very much.