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Title: Why to sit on an asana

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-05-21 11:30:00

 

I heard that while chanting one must not sit & chant on the plain floorand must use an asana otherwise the benefit of the chanting can be taken away bythe demigods. Is it true & is there any shastric reference for the same.Also while hearing class & honouring prasadam one must not sit on theplain floor but on any cloth/asana. Is it true & any particular reason forthe above and also is there any shastric reference for the same.

 

Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:

 

 

 

It is basically because the hearer of Gauranga-Krishna's Holy Names or Kathabecomes a receptacle and absorbed in the Name or Katha, thus the Name andScripture manifests in his or her heart. So for honouring the recepient of themercy of the Holy Name and the Shastra, the hearer should not sit on the groundbut on an Asana. Because respecting the hearer of the Holy Name and Katha is asgood as respecting the Holy Name and Katha Themselves. Same is for honouring theLord's mahaprasadam.