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Title: Manasika japa

User: Igor     Date: 2007-08-22 10:22:25


Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna

All glories to divine chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas!

All glories to Swami Gaurangapada!

Dear Gurudeva, I have questions about different ways of chanting.


In  Sandilya Upanishad it is said "The Vaikhari Japa gives the reward as stated in the Vedas; the Upamshu Japa which cannot be heard by anyone gives a reward a thousand times more; the Manasika Japa gives a reward a crore times more than the Vaikhari Japa."


Regarding to this description ( I found it on net, so I am not sure about original translation), manasika japa or mental repetition of mantra is very powerfull. I have several questions about that

1. Is mental repetation of mantra more powerful then loud, audio repetation of mantra?

2.Is mental repetation of mantra also considering to be chanting, or only voice or audiable pronanciation of mantras are count in sadhana?

3. Some devotees consider that evan Naam Acharya Srilla Haridasa Thakur practiced manasika-japa, or that he chanted about 1/3 of prescribed rounds mentaly?

4.Others consider that manasika-japa is not for Gaudiya-vaisnavas because our process is sravana-kirtana, listening and singing. Some devotees are thinking that this manasika japa is for hatha, asthanga yogis or worshipers of Shiva. Is it true?


I am humbly offering my obeisances unto you and all assembled devotees 

Wishing  you happy chanting   and happy preaching  

Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna


Title: Re: Mental Japa

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-08-22 12:34:18


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shri Guru Parampara! I have replied to this question earlier Igor. You can read the article here. Please let me know if any of your above four questions was not answered satisfactorily in the above article or if you have any further questions regarding it.


Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.