HH Jayapataka Swami Srila Guru Maharaja 23 December 1983, New Orleans About Chanting: Madhurya kadambini gives the progress of bhakti as follows- 1-faith, 2- association of devotees, 3- bhajan kriya (chanting), 4- anartha nivritti, 5- nishta, 6- ruchi, 7 asakti, 8 bhava, 9- Prema. Unless one associates with devotees with full faith (not blind faith) he cannot chant with enthusiasm, and therefore he cannot progress further in bhakti. Now the question is that what about those who either have blind faith or no faith? Such people are not even on the first stage of full faith. Therefore for such people again association of devotees is recommended especially pure devotees and by the mercy of pure devotees the seed of faith can arise in one's heart. Enthusiasm, determination and patience is the most important qualification to progress in bhakti which is only possible when one associates with devotees with full faith. 'Japa' means personal chanting on beads and hearing the Holy Name. There are no hard-and-fast rules for chanting Hare Krsna. The most wonderful thing about mantra meditation is that one may chant anywhere-at home, at work, driving in the car, or riding on the bus or subway. And one may chant at any time.
FEW DAYS BACK U HAVE ASKED ONE QUESTION REGARDING CHANTING . AT THAT POINT OF TYM I WAS UNABLE 2 REPLY U .HOPE D FOLLOWING WILL HEPL U .
Question: Why Chanting Does Not Make Me Happy? Hare Krishna Maharaja, Please accept my humble obeisances. I heard somewhere from a devotee, that Srila Prabhupada stated "if a devotee is not happy he is doing something wrong". Related to me, I never feel satisfied or happy after doing chanting. I feel more confused, frustrated, unhappy after chanting, which kills my motivation to chant or associate with devotees. Could you please guide me what wrong I am doing. Please give me direction, what shall I do. Hare Krishna Your Servant V.P. Answer: You're Chanting to Please Yourself. I am unhappy to learn that you are not experiencing happiness in chanting. Kindly note that if we try to be the enjoyers, we cannot be happy. It is only when we acknowledge that only Krishna is the actual enjoyer and do everything for His pleasure that we will taste genuine happiness. So instead of trying to taste happiness from your chanting try to chant like a child crying out for its mother to invoke the merciful blessings of Krishna. In this way Krishna will be very pleased with your chanting, and you will taste unlimited happiness. In other words, we experience transcendental bliss to the extent that we please Krishna. The more we please Him, the more we will taste the bliss. HH Sankarshan Das Adhikari
Hare Krishna dandvats, Prabhuji. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I do hereby wish you all the best in Krishna consciousness, Gauranga, Radhe Radhe, Hari Bol! Hare Krishna.