Saturday, May 10, 2014

Chanting in the morning hours

The cool rays of the sun, the excitement of the birds and the playful wind makes morning hours very soothing, comforting and relaxing.  Scriptures explain that morning is in the mode of goodness, afternoon is in the mode of passion and evening is in the mode of ignorance.  And the scriptures further say that morning is the best time to practice devotional life. During this time there are very less external distractions and the mind is calm and relaxed. So, one can peacefully and attentively chant the holy names of the Lord. It is true that one can chant the holy name of the Lord at any time in the day and if done with sincerity it would always have the same benefit.  But since almost all of us are sadhana bhaktas (practitioners) and not siddha bhaktas (realized souls) so we are required to practice our devotional life in a way wherein we can completely focus our mind on chanting. And the serene atmosphere of the morning hours helps in being more focussed during chanting which then effectively purifies our minds and senses of all impurities and takes us towards Krishna.  This is why Srila Prabhupada made morning devotional programs compulsory in all the Iskcon temples of the world.

So let us plan our life, our day in a way so that we have sufficient time to chant the Hare Krishna mantra – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare - early in the morning. Glories of chanting are expounded in Chaitanya-caritamrita (Adi-lila 8.28), “As a result of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one makes such great advancement in spiritual life that simultaneously his material existence terminates and he receives love of Godhead. The holy name of Krishna is so powerful that by chanting even one name, one very easily achieves these transcendental riches.”

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