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I have been chanting on beads for almost two months. Initial one month was very fulfilling like I used to concentrate well but now I feel I get distracted easily. While chanting my mind wanders like a monkey and lose the way. My lips recite the mantra but mind wanders somewhere else, either in the past or in the future. It wanders constantly through my worries, my mistakes or something else but never sticks to the present.
How do I control it??? I just don't want to do something like this if I am not connected it. Please help.
Thanks and regards
please accept my humble obeisances,
I'am chanting 16 rounds from a long tym. from now.. and this problem is still there.. i have talked to very advanced deevotees and they have similar problems.. so, instead of worrying too much about the concentration part. i believe u just concentrate on hearing the mantra clearly . concentration means to be attentive.. just clearly hear your mantra. and your mind will automatically be situated. shrila bhakti siddhanta saraswati maharaj said " if yor mind goes away 1000 times. u get it back 1001 times.. this the art of chanting.. and i'am very sure one day u will be so advanced that ur mind will be your servant. krsna doesn't want results he just wants your effort.. results he will give.. !!
i have practised this simple technique(to hear my mantra clearly) and i have benefitted a lot !! and also try to chant in the association of deevotees...
hare krsna !!
Happened to read your post, and appreciate your reply.
Dear Lokesh Prabhu,
Dandvat Pranam... my humble obeisances unto you...
Your line, "krsna doesn't want results he just wants your effort.. results he will give.. !!" are just amazing and are enough to keep me awake....in Krishna Consciousness.
Thanks a ton.
Do you perform nagar Sankirtan?
When you chant Mahamantra loudly in public places, you will be able to focus much better.
Jai Srila Prabhupad.
Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
Please feel the presence of Krishna while chanting on beads as there is no difference between Krishna and his name.Gradually you will be able to control the senses.
Srila Prabhupada says “when we chant His holy name sincerely, we are directly associating with Him and we become purified. As we become more advanced in chanting Hare Krishna, we feel God's presence more and more”
Please try it for yourself and see the results
i have so many photos of krishna in my computer..When i sit to chant,, i switchit on as slide show...like this my mind concentrate on krishna.....i think this may help you
I've only been chanting for 4 months, so I understand what you are saying, I have trouble concentrating sometimes as well. I like to look at photos of Krishna, or even listen to Kirtan before beginning japa to help focus my mind better.
Sri Sri Guru Gauranga jayatah!
srila Mahanidhi Swami states in the art of chanting hare krsna...about concentration....He says that hearing the holy name, is a must...but however, thats not fully possible if the mind is contaminated....however there are certain other techniques....its called picture meditation...try glancing at a picture of radha krsna....slowly one by one...starting from the lotus feet....gradually going face wards....then close ur eyes n try seeing that same picture slowly....lotus feet...then ankle....anklets....calf...knees...etc...this should help u....
Then slowly after some months u will be able to place radha krsna very nysly wen u chant ur japa....Also...the other technique is read more about the various transcedental qualities of the lord(64 in all as given in NOD)...and then wen u chant kp thinking 4-5 qualities slowly nicely one by one per round....then remembering and visualing the various vraja pastimes of the lord also help greatly......
Hare Krishna Pr.
This is not only your problem but every living entities problem. Some realizes it and most of them even do not realize it. You are on the right track of bhakthi. If you read BG 6.34
caïcalaà hi manaù kåñëa
pramäthi balavad dåòham
tasyähaà nigrahaà manye
väyor iva su-duñkaram
The mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Kåñëa, and to subdue it, I think, is more difficult than controlling the wind.
The great devotee of Sri Krishna - Arjuna is saying this statement. He says that he can control wind easily with his arrows but can not control his mind.
That is not the end of story. To this statement of Arjuna, Lord replies like this in the next verse.
mano durnigrahaà calam
abhyäsena tu kaunteya
vairägyeëa ca gåhyate
Lord Çré Kåñëa said: O mighty-armed son of Kunté, it is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by suitable practice and by detachment.
Krishna acknolodges that it si difficult to control the mind but he assures that by practice one can attain control over it. This is very very difficult situation where we are in. This is a case of mistaken identity. We mistake ourselves different from what we are. we have been thinking that we are the bodies and not the soul in it since thousands and thousands or lifetimes in various bodies by continiously gratifying our senses. Now by the causeless mercy of Guru and Krishna in this life time we have come in touch with devotees and are learning to identify ourselves. The real self which is Soul.
Our body consists of 2 major parts - 1 Gross body that we see and 2 is the subtle body which is not visible to our eyes. The subtle body consists of Manah-bhuddi-ahankaar meaning mind, intelligence and false ego. All the decision that we have taken/taking/taken have to be sanctioned by these elements. Mind is compared to a dog. Not just a dog a barking dog. It always keeps barking - boow boow boow boow. If we listen to its bark, it increases its frequency and also the intensity of its bark. The more you try to satisfy the dog, the more it barks. This is our situation. When we sit for chanting mind will start posting soo many ads as the billbords. if you read one, you will be forced to read another and we will realize after 2 hours of chanting that we pulled all the 16 beads in our counter and actually did not hear a single mahamantra!!! So the solution is not to give any importance to the dogs bark. Just ignore the bark and continue chanting. Also as Krishna has suggested, we should practice it intensely. This may not happen over a day. It may take different time for different devotees based on our previous conditioning.
Prabhupaad also gives the example of the patient having Jaundice. I had put this analogy yesterday in one of the discussion. When we have jaundice the sweetest sugarcane juice appears to be bitter. But the medicine for jaundice is to drink sugarcane juice and when we are able to taste the sweetness of it is the indication of cure from jaundice.If we stop drinking the medicine then the disease will not be cured.
Similarly, the only medicine for this mistaken identity is to chant and hear glories of Krishna and associate with people who are doing the same that is devotees.
You can download some of the talks from this website by HG Radheshayam Prabhu from ISKCON Pune. There are a lot of Japa talks that are recorded which he gives to the devotees in the morning before chanting in the temple. This has helped me personally.
I hope this info is of some use.
I have not heard of this method of chanting. HH Bhaktirasamrit Swami Marahaj was saying in one of the class that we should hear what we chant. We should try to just hear the Mahamantra as much as possible.
Our mind is very intelligent in keeping us busy thinking of everything in this world that we know except Krishna. It keeps on throwing new new ideas one after the other. What I heard from senior devotees is to make a to-do-list before we start our Japa every day. This will make our mind pacified to some extent that we know what we need to do after the Japa and it need not remind us. We have to cheat it in some or the other way. We should tel it that I shall address all your concerns after this Chanting.
Another way is to pray to our mind to allow us to chant the holy names of Krishna. The songs like Bajahure mana ... may help.
Try to sit on a mat while chanting keeping your back straight. Finish MOST of the rounds at once rather than chanting in installments.
On top of all have faith in Krishna and his words. He has told that controlling mind is difficult but by continuous practice it is possible. So why not try the proven success formula than trying to invent our own.
Please forgive me if I have offended you in any way.