Chanting in mind

Hare Krishna,

Does chanting in mind gives any benefit in comparision to loud chanting considering there is no sound vibration ?

Sometimes situation comes when one is too weak physically(due to illness) that one is unable to chant aloud.is it Ok to complete the rounds mentally or in that situation one should only think of Krishna's pastimes ?

Please suggest.

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  • All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga.

    Haribol Prabhu Rahul,

    In answer to your initial question, the Holy Names are absolute, so yes, there is spiritual benefit to chanting in the mind. I don't think we can consider Krishna's Name to be less pure whether chanted with the subtle mind or the gross mouth and tongue. Also, there is still a sound vibration in the mind but it is subtle instead of gross. 

    If one is physically unable to chant aloud due to illness then the only option would seem to be to chant with the mind. Otherwise a person who has had their vocal chords removed due to say, cancer, would be prohibited from chanting the Holy Names. 

    However, I would think it very difficult to chant all 16 rounds within the mind and maintain concentration, unless the mind is already illuminated with the mode of goodness. Srila Prabhupada taught us by example that we should chant our rounds aloud, so I would think it should be done only as a last resort, with the guidance of spiritual authority, and for as short a duration as possible.

    If you are currently experiencing difficulty through illness, I hope that by Krishna's grace you will feel better soon, and be able to chant aloud again.

    Regards and obeisances, Andy

  • Hare Krsna AGTSP

    No one can fully comprehend the mysteries of chanting.

    However, the mind is still engaged even if you are chanting in the mind.

  • Ahh... I was  not aware of that. It feels the same to me both ways. But perhaps it is an illusion. I don't mean to come off so obstanante.. but can I ask if we are not supposed to cling to things of the material world why is it necessary to have beads.. a material object.. to become close to Krishna? Is this something he explains himself somewhere?

    • Haribol Stephanie,

      I agree that if chanting beads were made of plywood or plastic, their benefit (to concentration, perhaps) would be only material. Then again, if they are helping you to focus on the Holy Names, then it would be using the material energy to think of Krishna, which spiritualises the material energy because it's being used for a spiritual goal. Yet Tulasi is not material and is Bhaktidevi Herself, and through Her mercy we can gain the treasured goal of pure love of Krishna. 

      I hope you have many more dreams of Krishna and keep singing His Names! 

      Regards and obeisances, Andy

  • Hare Krishna friends,

     

    I do not know if others will agree but some days or nights I will just listen to flute pieces dedicated to or inspired by Krishna or say chants in my head until I fall asleep in hopes I will dream of Krishna again or feel that "closeness" again. Other days I sing along. My own humble opinion... I think what is most important is to let sound (especially that sound of the ohm or krishnas name) resonate through you as you meditate to become closer to Krishna. There are those who say you must have beads and must do at least 16 chants a day.. I think if you feel you have to do xxx to become close to Krishna it is a bad sign of someone who is god fearing instead of god loving and will become a tiresome chore rather then a devotional service. What I suggest is you just do whatever you can that helps you to feel like you are being lifted on Krishna's vibration because it will make it easier for you to be at peace and be truely devotional and close. You may find you do more rounds then what is even expected of you getting lost in the ecstasy of connecting to him. Do not count your rounds but keep going until you feel our cosmic musicians vibration flowing through you. I think some people will know what I mean. It is hard to describe but you know it when you are there, wether you are chanting in your head or out loud... that place where you are very close to krishna and his energy.

  • Chanting in any situation is effective. We cannot externally measure the effect from how loud chanting has been. Lord Krishna asks for our mind and if the chanting mentally leads to that then we have to know that has been effective.For a person even at the flinal stage of journey of one's life if one is very lucky this privilege has been given and at that point loud chanting is not very probable. What counts is sincerity with which this is performed.

  • Volunteer

    Hare Krishna Rahul Prabhu, please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

    Difficulties come according to our capacity to overcome them. 

    Srila Haridas Thakur was very old and was going to leave his body but he was crying desperately and tried to chant the Holy Names - his rounds as much loudly as much he could hear and using beads.

    Lord even requested him to stop doing that but Haridas Thakur refused to stop. And Lord was pleased with his determination and devotion no matter what difficulty is there: from body, mind or others...

    Sometimes i also loose my voice but what to do we have to chant our minimum 16 rounds and hear them. So we have to try our best and Krishna can do impossible things possible. 

    Again here we forget about surrendering to Krishna. Srila Prabhupada says that we should chant as if a child is crying for his mother. So no matter he is weak or healthy he cries as loud as possible so that he would be heard. 

    We should cry, pray "i will do it my Lord!...no matter what but i will do it, please give me strength and ability to serve to You and to please You!..."

    Chanting in mind is also powerful but that one we should do only after 16 prescribed rounds. Or else if that at impossible that we are in the stage of death then maybe keep note of those rounds and chant them after when we get healthy. For example, person in coma for 3 days may chant his 16 x 3 = rounds 48 afterwards. 

    Your servant, 

    • hare krishna

      As i am chanting through mind with all my 16 round not loudly, so is it means lord krsna is unhappy with me, and in my point of view the god is impress by the feeling of bhakt, not the way of chanting, also in this material world we have to chanting with some tulsi mala or others, but before this kalyug our rishi had been chanting the name with his heart or mind and some time i have also feel myself if i am chanting without any tulsi mala, than my con-striation level is increase and i am able to site in a same position for 1 hrs or more.

      kindly accept my humble obeisances and if i say any thing wrong than kindly forgive me for that things..

      hare krishna

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