Benefits of Chanting & Meditating on Maha Mantra

Peace (Immediate benefit):
Just as the relentless waves in an ocean keep a boat restless, the relentless waves of worldly dualities – honor-dishonor, pleasure-pain, victory-defeat – keep our mind restless. Just as an anchor steadies the boat, the mantra acts as an anchor that steadies the mind. When we chant a mantra attentively, it invokes God’s supremely stable presence, thereby bringing profound peace. This benefit, though immediate, may not always be instantaneous. Just as anchoring a boat caught in stormy waves may require some persistent effort, anchoring a mind caught in extreme reactions to events may require some persistent effort. But peace surely comes.

Purity (Intermediate benefit):
We are plagued internally by many impurities – selfishness, arrogance, pessimism, cynicism and lethargy, for example. These impurities impel us to actions that hurt others and even ourselves.

God is supremely pure, so connection with him frees us from impurities, just as an effective medicine frees us from germs. As inner impurities have long afflicted us, cleansing ourselves from them takes time, just as recovering from a chronic disease takes time. But it’s worth the wait. Just as the recovery of health brings physical energy, the recovery of purity brings inner energy, thereby enabling us to do justice to our God-given abilities and contribute constructively to the world.

Pleasure (Ultimate benefit):
Among all pleasures, the pleasure of love is most fulfilling. Love brings lasting fulfillment when it is directed towards an eternal object – God. We are all related to God as his children, but we have forgotten that relationship due to spiritual amnesia. Mantras act as potent sonic stimuli that revive our lost memory and activate our dormant love for God. Thereafter, just as speaking the name of a loved one brings joy to our heart, reciting the names of the supreme beloved bring the supreme joy to our heart. We chant selflessly, to express our love for God, and joy arises spontaneously. Indeed, so great is this joy that saints compare it to an endless ocean of nectar – an ocean whose currents can flood our heart with happiness and through us similarly flood the hearts of many others.

As God is the parent of all, loving him enables us to see all living beings as our family members. This vision of a universal family fosters peace and harmony. Thus the benefits of our mantra meditation radiate outwards from the individual to the global – every mantra we chant helps shape a better world.

Putting End to Courtesy Japa / Beyond

* Chanting while talking to someone (you talk, and when they reply you chant).
* Chanting while reading (which could really work if you have two heads, one to read and one to chant).
* Chanting while listening to a CD or the radio (this is especially challenging while listening to the news or listening to rock and roll music).
* Chanting while shopping.
* Chanting while window shopping (this often happens on early morning japa walks).
* Chanting while you are dosing off (sometimes known as dive bomb japa).
* Chanting while site seeing or looking around at a million things (sometimes known as radar japa).
* Chanting while watching movies (Krsna Conscious movies are included in “courtesy japa”).
* Chanting a little, talking a little, chanting a little, talking a little (sometimes known as jibber japa).
* Chanting while …………………… (fill in your favorites).


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