Even if you forget Krishna, He doesn’t forget you.
A few days ago, I was walking home when suddenly the words to Damodarastakam found its way to my lips. I began singing to myself and realized it had been very long since I last heard/sang the Damodarastakam. It felt wonderful to sing it again!
Something stirred in my heart. Krishna was informing me that Kartik Maas was soon beginning – I was sure of it! Surely enough, I went home and checked the dates only to find out Kartik Maas was just a few days away.
I haven’t had time to look at a Vaishnava calendar, I haven’t been following festival dates, I haven’t been giving enough time to Krishna… But he knows how much I love the Holy Month of Kartik. And like a little child who reminds everyone about the important days in their lives, Krishna reminded me of his special days.
Have a blessed month!
I joined a new Hare Krishna class this past Wednesday. It’s a Bhakti Vriksha class and each week, they teach one verse from the Bhagavad Gita and we study it in depth, and have a discussion about it. It’s really a fun class and it would be especially useful to understand the verses I don’t fully comprehend. The teacher there and the rest of the devotees were very very nice to me. They were so warm and welcoming. They were just wonderful devotees who were so inspiring. We first sang the Damodar Aarti, and then one of the devotees explained Chapter 12. Guys, I swear to you, Krishna is alive. During the group japa session, I was dazing and I was not concentrating. I was chanting rather inattentively and my faith wavered. Continue reading
So why do I need to chant? Why can’t I just pray in my own words, from my heart? I could definitely do that for a longer time with more attention rather than chanting. I often think, what is the use? I’m just saying the mantra while my mind is somewhere else, I’m thinking about other things. Why don’t I just pray? Then one day, while chanting, I realized something. Continue reading
There was a brahmana by the name of Sudama, who once upon a time, used to play with Krishna during his childhood. Krishna had gone on to become the King of Dwarka, with an opulent palace, whereas Sudama, who was never after material possessions, had married, had children and lived a very simple life. They began to face poverty – his children were starving, they were weak and ill. However, Krishna’s name never left Sudama’s lips. Sudama’s wife told him to go to Krishna and ask him for some help. Continue reading
Today, I thought I’d write about chanting the mahamantra or the Hare Krishna mantra.
The Hare Krishna Mantra:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
1 round of chanting means repeating the above 16 words or the mantra 108 times. This is called a japa. Continue reading