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SIX TIPS FOR GOOD JAPA (FROM HARINAMA CINTAMANI : BHAKTIVINODA THAKURA; AOC—ART OF CHANTING HARE KRSNA)

By: Mahanidhi Swami I. SAMBANDHA JNANA (Chant japa with knowledge) To properly chant japa, you must have the basic knowledge of the material world; God; the living entity (jiva), and their relationship. In brief, sambandha jnana means knowing,…
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Bones Baba & Lamenting Flowers

By: Mahanidhi Swami I. Bones Baba There is an amazing story in the life of a Vraja siddha-baba named Vijaya Krishna Goswami. Once Baba was walking along the Yamuna with some disciples and they happened upon a dead body. The Vrajavasi dogs…
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Kirtana, Japa and Rules

By: Mahanidhi Swami Devotees often say, “There are no hard and fast rules in chanting Hare Kåñëa.” Thus anything goes in the name of nama-japa: chanting on tulsi beads a fixed number of rounds of the maha-mantra, Hare Kåñëa Hare Kåñëa…
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Hari’s Radha Japa

By: Mahanidhi Swami Hari sits alone in a kunja mandira by the Yamuna’s shore. Like the king of yogis, Yogindra Krishna meditates on the radiance of Radha’s lotus feet. His eyes full of loving tears, Shyama always and repeatedly mutters…
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12th offense in nama-japa

By: Mahanidhi Swami I hope and pray that none of you, my devoted friends present here, are committing the dreaded 12th offense, which is to leave your mobile phone on in any mode; ring, vibrate, silent or sms while chanting japa. Traditionally,…
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A Sweet Ending

By: Mahanidhi Swami Madhurena samaapayet is one rule of poetic composition practiced by Vaisnava authors, which means that a literary work should conclude in a mood of special sweetness. Simply said, the Sanskrit term madhurena samapayet means,…
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Question on 16 Japa Tips

By:Mahanidhi Swami a. Please clarify tip 4 "return to mental japa as soon as possible". Sanatana Gosvami Hari Bhakti Vilasa 17.157-163 describes three forms of japa: distinct loud or soft (vachika) indistinct loud or soft (upamshu) and…
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16 Japa Tips

By: Mahanidhi Swami 1. Dawn and dusk are best for japa because the air is pure and the density of distracting vibrations is less. 2. Bathe or just wash hands, feet, face, and mouth before sitting for japa. 3. Observe silence (besides…
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Seven Jhulana Japa Meditations

By:Mahanidhi Swami Until Sravana Purnima, all the Thakurjis in Vraja will be enjoying their 12 day swing festival (jhulanotsava). Below are translations of some popular Hindi and Bengali jhulana bhajanas. As a practice of lila-smarana (meditating…