miércoles, 2 de julio de 2008

The Inner Game of Chanting

The Inner Game of Chanting

Hare Krishna! Pamho, agtSP!

Here's what I do to improve my chanting!

I have an education as a Life Coach and while chanting I use a way of asking loaded questions that is commonly used in coaching. My experience is that asking yourself these question when your mind goes astray will not only bring your focus back to the Holy Names but will kickstart an inner journey which will let you explore much deeper levels of chanting. Instead of beating your mind and giving it instructions like "come on you fool, focus, focus, focus!!!", "get back to the names, you rascal!!!" and getting all frustrated and demotivated and start blaming yourself if it doesn't work you simply ask yourself these loaded questions. Then your mind will automatically look for the answers and in order to do that it has to be very attentive and experience your chanting.

The Inner Game of Chanting

Whenever your mind gets diverted ask yourself a loaded question - just one at the time - from below and this will bring your consciousness into the experience of chanting:

General questions

- How am I connected to Krishna right now?
- How am I absorbed in my inner experience of chanting?
- How am I begging for Krishna's mercy?
- How do I experience my attachment for Krishna/guru/?
- How grateful am I for being allowed to connect to do service to Krishna?
- How am I absorbed in experience the present moment of chanting (as opposed to having thought about past and future)?
- How am I feeling in this very moment as a result of chanting?
- How am I forgetting the outside world right now?
- How am I getting deeper into the experience of chanting right now?
- How am I opening my heart towards Krishna right now?
- How am I surrendering to Krishna right now?
- How am I feeling positive feelings towards Krishna right now?
- How am I feeling bliss right now?
- How am I endevouring to chant really attentively?
- How am I feeling enthusiastic right now?
- How am I feeling serious right now?

Find more questions on your own.

Nama

- How fast or slow am I chanting?
- How soft or hard am I chanting?
- How loadly or quietly am I chanting?
- How am i listening to the mantra?
- How much am I tasting the holy names (Hare, Krishna and Rama respectively)?
- How am I letting the maha-mantra penetrate my entire body, mind and soul?
- How am I forgetting everything but the Holy Names?

Find more questions on your own.

Rupa

- Which form of Krishna am I experiencing right now?
- How do I experience Krishna's form right now?
- How am I experiencing Krishna lotus feet right now (move through the whole body. Can also be done with other forms of Krishna).

Find more questions on your own.

Guna

- Which of Krishna's qualities am I connected to right now?
- How am I experiencing Krishna strength - then beauty, fame, renunciation etc. Look in the NOD for further qualities to meditate on.

Find more questions on your own.

Lila (for the more advanced stage of chanting. Not recommended for beginners)

- Which of Krishna's lilas am I connected to right now?
- How am I experiencing X pastime of Krishna right now?

Find more questions on your own.

Hope this is helpful for you. It definitely is for me. Please test it and tell me what you experienced. If you have questions or comments please write me.

Your servant, Ajita Krishna Dasa

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