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Dandavat Pranam to all devotees.
Don't know what is happening to me. whenever i try to go one step ahead in bhakti marg this material energy is so strong it is not allowing me to do so. feeling helpless . its quite frustrating for me .When i chant mahamantra that time i am feeling peace and happiness and after material energy catches me strongly I can't share this at my home because they won't understand... don't know what to do. i feel only devotees like you all can help me.
well i speak in terms of meditation. Chanting is really another form of that. It does not always go smoothly. There are mornings even I wake up and I go...damn I have to meditate. Earnestness is what counts. Just do what you can and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Bakti develops, trust and faith develops. God is quite real. You will start to look inward in time, you already are actually. Your noticing the problem. You did not say "he makes me angry or greedy" or what have you. You said these feelings catch you. You have noticed, it is not the object or person that creates the feeling in you, but you that arise it within yourself. Then attach to it of course. It is ok for it to arise, perfectly fine. Just do not attach to it, react to it. Observe it, like watching a car go by. "Oh, thats a thought of jealousy, my oh my, that sucks, o well" eventually the thoughts won't even come. Keep chanting. Keep on the spiritual path, this is why it is the path of heroes. It is hard. People think its easy, oh we sit and pray and maybe meditate. It is a path of incredible self discovery. Happiness must be worked at, day in and day out until it becomes a habbit. Those times where you can not concentrate and it is so hard, these are the times you will make the most gain. Remember that. As you are chanting and your mind wanders and does not want to do it, remember that if you keep going, you may not notice it instantly, but pushing through is where you make your gain. Just as the work you put into school, when you accomplish it, it will be rewarding because you pushed through. If it was just given it would be meager. Promise friend, keep chanting. Do what your devotees or guru's tell you, and listen to yourself. You are noticing.
Thats The Spirit, Fight Maya With the Maha Mantra, Keep on chanting for long periods daily,itll defiantly help you
Go for It.
Chanting the Holy name is all you need to progress and Krishna will reveal the path as you chant with sincerity.
Your Ever Well Wisher, Jai Srila Prabhupada.
Hare Krsna Prabhuji,
Have you ever seen a child learning to stand or walk? Have you ever seen how many times the child falls and then gets up again to try again? Suppose the child starts to cry, dont we encourage by clapping and calling out to the child to try again. Then the child forgets and becomes happy and starts trying again.
That is our situation - when we start out on the path of devotion, we keep on failing and trying again. Then we become tired and disappointed. That is the time devotee association is helpful, to egg us on to try once more and cheer whatever we achieve in every effort. Our chanting is the effort of getting up or attempting to walk. Therefore, both are very important in the initial stages. We have to chant our committed number of rounds everyday without fail. One of the things you can do is - at your last round, you can pray to Krsna thanking Him for allowing you to take His name and requesting that the next day also, the same mercy may be bestowed on you and you can chant the next day also. Remember, we are no one to take His name even once, if He doesnt desire.
By chanting, you are attacking maya directly. Naturally, maya will also attack you. When you are ensnared by maya, chant again mentally with the understanding that maya is wanting to keep you under its control.
I hope I have been able to explain little bit.