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My question is that while chanting the Maha-mantra, the physical changes which a devotee experiences like heavy breathing, sweating, little raised blood pressure, a slight fainting like feeling, etc are these symptoms of ecstasy ? or is something wrong with the technique of japa?

 

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  • E-Counselor

    Hare Krsna Prabhuji,

    PAMHO.

    One who chants sincerely and attentively, and starts to experience ecstacy, will know it for what it is. The symptoms you have described could also be physical and may require medical intervention - there are no straight cut answers to it. In the sense that if it is symptoms of ecstacy, then the person experiencing will also feel like a sunrise in the heart - its like suddenly there is a lot of light and all darkness of doubt and ignorance are dispelled. The person who is going through these experiences is the best person to judge.

    Haribol,

    Your servant,

    Radha Rasamayi DD

    • Hare Krishna Mathaji!

      PAMHO.

      actaully, i have done quite a research on this and have found out that if you have mental baggage before/while chanting, then the chanting would not be effective. so first one needs to get rid of any mundane material thoughts which are going on in the mind regarding money, greed, lust, anger, any disputes, joy/pleasure of strongly attached with something, false ego, etc. After this only the chanting becomes comfortable and i have no more problems which i mentioned above. 

      i try to imagine/visualize Krishna deity, or Krishna lilas while chanting. and most of the devotees i have met have suggested to just listen and focus/concentrate to the mantras coming out of my mouth and it will be ok. But the mind is such turbulent thing, it wanders every where but the mantra. As Arjuna says " Its easy to control the wind then the Mind"!

      So right now my chanting has very much improved and i don't experience the things i mentioned in my above question any more. But the main challenge is to STEADY THE MIND ON THE MANTRA. For this i have purchased a book "The Art of Chanting" and have started reading it.

      and one time it feels that my KC is going as per Krishna's MERCY/BLESSINGS. all my problems are gradually/slowly being removed on my path to KC, but THEY ARE SURELY REMOVED. AND I AM FEELING MORE STABLE AS I PROGRESS!

      Another thing i wanted to ask was that what type of chanting will be the most effective:

      1. SILENT CHANTING IN THE MIND

      2. CHANTING SILENTLY BY LIP MOVEMENT.

      3. LOUD CHANTING

      I have come across mixed opinions about the above methods. Please clear my doubts, Mathaji.

      HARE KRISHNA! 

      • E-Counselor

        Hare Krsna Prabhuji,

        PAMHO.

        Like you just mentioned, mind is not in our control in Kaliyuga. Therefore, chanting in mind - who knows whats going on - chanting will never be done.

        Chanting silently by lip movement or loud chanting - I have seen senior devotees, who chant a lot of rounds (16 is barest minimum for them, they dont even drink water before that) do both. Loud chanting doesnt mean so loud that it disturbs others, it is loud enough for one to hear one's own voice. 

        Chanting has to be internalised prabhuji. One has to chant internally - then one will be chanting even when one is not chanting, then it is said we have done effective chanting.

        Haribol,

        Your servant,

        Radha Rasamayi DD

        • Hare Krishna Mathaji!!

          Thank you very much for your guidance.
          i feel very much positive to implement this and to improve my chanting

          Haribol

    • Hare Krishna Mathaji! 

      dandavat pranam! 

      yes mathaji, that is correct. a sincere and attentive approach is pre requisite for effective chanting.

      it so happens that due to a conditioned soul's association with the material energy during the day at his/her workplace, the mind tends to be like a monkey, running here and there. So first thing i feel before chanting, is to calm the mind by pranayama, so that the breathing and all the senses come under control. then when one feels completely calm, he/she can start chanting and this chanting will be very effective.

      correct me mathaji, if this approach is not appropriate.

      thank you very much for your guidance!

      Haribol!!!! 

      • E-Counselor

        Haribol Prabhu,

        Doing pranayam before starting to cahnt is a very good idea. That regulates the breadth and helps control the mind. I have seen that when a person sits down for havan, he is made to do basic pranayam by the priest. So its ok. But dont make it ritualistic - as in, unless you do pranayam, you will not sit and chant. As per time, place, circumstance, one has to chant. Chanting is important, the rest is secondary.

        Hare Krsna.

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