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Kirtana, Japa and Rules

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Devotees often say, “There are no hard and fast rules in chanting Hare Krishna.” Thus anything goes in the name of nama-japa: chanting on tulsi beads a fixed number of rounds of the maha-mantra, Hare Krishna Hare…
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Chitta and Concentration

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Chitta is a representative of the mahat-tattva within a human being. The Srimad Bhagavatam (3.26.22), says that chitta by nature is pure and peaceful. In pure chitta, one can see Bhagavan Sri Krishna and one’s eternal…
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THREE Best Times to Chant Hare Krishna Japa

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Because they are the ideal periods for meditation and divine absorption, the three best times to chant Hare Krishna nama japa are: 1) Early Morning: 3 AM to 6 AM 2) Half Hour Before Sunrise: New Delhi today appx.…
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Nama Japa: Rules No Rules

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Yes, there are and yes there are no rules in chanting Hare Krishna nama japa! In Siksastaka (2), Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu says, “In each of His unlimited names, Bhagavan Sri Krishna manifests all His transcendental…
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Japa Fingers Confusion

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Confusion has arisen regarding which fingers to use while chanting Hare Krishna Nama or Diksa Mantras. The clear truth is found in Hari Bhakti Vilasa as follows: Siva Agama: andmamadhyamakramya japam kuryyattu…
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Krishna Nama Gives All

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das Just before my merciful mentor left this world to enter Sri Radha’s eternal seva, we discussed the merits of different bhakti sadhana practices. Throughout that most wonderful and unforgettable Harikatha, he repeatedly…
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Sri Harinama & Nrsimha Kavaca

Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das After the fiendish, ghost-like witch named Putana Raksasi attacked her six-day old baby Gopala Krishna, Yasoda Mata and other elderly Vraja gopis chanted the following mantras mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam: bhūta-preta-piśācāś…