What do I think of during the Hare Krishna meditation?
The Hare Krishna chant involves moving the fingers on the beads and vibrating the chant softly. As the tongue vibrates the divine sound, the ears take in the vibration, and the fingers steadily move the beads, we potentially enter a divine realm. The mind however is active and may not cooperate with our endeavour to connect to God. Radhanath Swami quotes scriptures to explain the nature of the mind; “Mind could be the best of our friends and the worst of enemies. When controlled he is our best friend and when uncontrolled, he could be our worst enemy.”
What are the different thoughts that arise in the mind, and how do we cope with them? Which of these thoughts are conducive to our practise of mantra meditation and how do we flush out undesirable and negative thoughts that arise while chanting the Hare Krishna mantra? These are some of the questions this section will attempt to answer.
Krishna is non-different than His name. Krishna has descended within His name to give us shelter, to nourish us and to reveal all of His love to us. The holy name is the most precious cintamani jewel of creation, there is nothing so precious, because nothing else can give us the benediction of eternal life and eternal love. But we must understand the value of chanting Krishna’s names. One .
Seated in an auto-rickshaw that had found the red light at a busy city intersection, what else could I expect but black smoke? Destiny, however, surprised me with a little sweet encounter.
I spotted a street urchin who darted from vehicle to vehicle, begging. Moments later she reached me, her expression pleading for charity. I deftly reached my handbag’s front pocket to pull out the box in which I always carry cookies for such occasions.
Radhanath Swami advises us to ignore the mind while chanting Hare Krishna, lest it deludes us and distracts us from the path of spiritual progress:
“In life, some of the most dangerous enemies cannot be seen, we don’t even know they are there; we may even consider them as our friends. That is the way the mind works.”
Chanting japa session is after all the exclusive time of the soul with Krishna. It’s the time when we can depend on Krishna and promise Him that whatever we are doing or are planning to do is for His exclusive pleasure. Radhanath Swami offers a sobering thought,
“ In whatever we do in our lives, we’ve to use our God given intelligence to analyse, what I speak, what I do, what I think, is it perpetuating my material enjoyment or is it purifying me; is it taking me further away from God or is it bringing me closer to Him”
Radhanath Swami says blaming God for our weak resolve is unacceptable. At the same time sometimes when our chanting is good we are tempted to take credit for our good chanting and feel we are special. However no sooner we feel we are good in chanting, the Holy Names withdraw the grace and we realize once again that chanting is beyond me. Radhanath Swami offers a nice meditation that we can practise during success in chanting, “We can’t do anything without God’s help.We cannot see or even breathe without God’s help. So how could we take credit for what we do?”
Radhanath swami explains a culture of scriptural study helps us provide our intelligence with the ammunition to fight the disloyal mind. During chanting, as the mind wanders, we can pull it back to the sound of the Holy Names by internally connecting to the sound of scriptures. The Vedic scriptures are the sound representation of God, and they contain many verses extolling the glories of Holy Names.