Is Chanting Only Countable for Initiated Devotees?

ASK BVKS | June 7, 2011 |

English;

Question:

Few years back, at ISKCON Yamunanagar temple in Haryana, India, I attended a lecture by a devotee from ISKCON Delhi who was on guest visit. When asked about the importance of initiation in chanting, he told that without being initiated, our chanting the rounds is nearly ineffective. Only after initiation from spiritual master does our real chanting begins. He gave an analogy that without being initiated, our 64 rounds of chanting will hardly equal 16 rounds of an initiated person. Since then my interest in chanting has been flickering and I feel there is no use to chant if it doesn't count at all. And I do not thing I am qualified to be initiated now or ever in my life. Though I may chant sometimes, but in deep core of heart, these words discourage me every time. Please help.

Audio answer:

Play (10 m 45 s)     Download (2.5 MB)    

You can mark interesting parts of the page content and share unique link from browser address bar.

Mark




Related Lectures

Hear Srimad Bhagavatam with Attention

March 15, 2016 |

English with தமிழ் translation; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Nityananda Tattva

February 16, 2011 |

English; Baroda, Gujarat, India

Questions About Varnasrama

October 28, 2013 |

English; Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

Standards for Brahminical Initiation

August 22, 2011 |

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Applied Use of Intelligence

May 6, 2015 |

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Real Education according to Srila Prabhupada

May 18, 2016 |

English; Mayapur, West Bengal, India

Appreciating the Infinite

February 8, 2014 |

English; Colombo, Sri Lanka

Damodarastakam Commentary – Verse 3

November 5, 2010 |

English with తెలుగు translation;

Bhakti as per Gaudiya Vaisnava Acaryas

June 17, 2011 |

Question: 1) What is bhakti as per traditional Gaudiya Vaisnava acharyas? 2) Is bhakti to Sri Krishna means renunciation? 3) Kindly give me sastric references for Q1 and Q2?

English;

Understand Krsna and Perfect Your Life

September 5, 2015 |

English; Reading, England

Attaining Pure Mind, Intelligence and Ego

March 11, 2012 |

Question: I came to know from some source that after liberation, jiva get a spiritual body in which he/she/it develops spiritual mind, intelligence and ego which is in pure/uncontaminated state and fully favorable to serve Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. Can I get sastrik pramana on this as some body asked me to provide a reference.

English;

Man to Renounce and Woman to Merry

May 27, 2011 |

Question: Why is it that the cultural convention is for men to renounce and women to marry but the cultural code that it is best to renounce? I would like to know which section of our society repels the renunciation of women in your opinion and why. Is it that the grhasta men want to keep their… Expand>

Question:

Why is it that the cultural convention is for men to renounce and women to marry but the cultural code that it is best to renounce?

I would like to know which section of our society repels the renunciation of women in your opinion and why. Is it that the grhasta men want to keep their enjoyment guaranteed in convention?

I personally don't see how marrying can benefit anyone in this world but simply create more attachment to bags of bone and flesh. should we not be satisfying each other’s solitude in brahmacarya?

^ Collapse

English;

Investing Money in Stock Market

September 21, 2012 |

Question: I am presently pestered by a question that is answered in different ways by different making conundrum more complex. Finally, I was directed to this page by Vishnujana Prabhu. I want to know if I am pursuing a career that involves investments in stocks, will my income be counted under an income that has come out of gambling?… Expand>

Question:

I am presently pestered by a question that is answered in different ways by different making conundrum more complex. Finally, I was directed to this page by Vishnujana Prabhu.

I want to know if I am pursuing a career that involves investments in stocks, will my income be counted under an income that has come out of gambling? I am studying the scripts for days and nights and only after that I come to a decision whether to buy or sell.

What is gambling in stock market? In finance gambling can be labelled as a trade done under somebody else's recommendation or without studying the script before you enter it.

My friend once went to a casino in Singapore. He started putting money there and started earning regularly. After few days he was banned from entering that casino. The reason was he was claimed to be studying the whole game and then entering it. They said "you can only gamble here but can't study. The casino demands that you only gamble here. 

Studying before putting money is not allowed." It is quite clear that anything that takes sweat and toil cant be labelled as gambling. Are the people doing MBA in finance or the financial analysts gamblers? It is very easy to say yes for a person who dont have an inkling of what finance is but ask the person who is striving to make his bread and butter out of it.

I need Maharaja's opinion on this. So that I can work on it. I shall respect Maharaja's decision wholeheartedly.

^ Collapse

English;

What Does It Stop Us Being Krsna Conscious?

May 21, 2011 |

Question: What is that which stops us from being Krishna conscious? Lot of people study Srila Prabhupada glorious books but they are still not able to make a difference in their life? What is that stop people from becoming fully Krishna conscious? Please help.

English;

Relevance of Srila Prabhupada's Letters

May 21, 2012 |

Question: When reading Srila Prabhupada’s instructions through letters, how should one tell to himself that the instructions hold good for him too (with abject humility I say here that I am not questioning Srila Prabhupada, his instructions are very much relevant to the jivas, to the every atom in the universe) and not just to… Expand>

Question:

When reading Srila Prabhupada’s instructions through letters, how should one tell to himself that the instructions hold good for him too (with abject humility I say here that I am not questioning Srila Prabhupada, his instructions are very much relevant to the jivas, to the every atom in the universe) and not just to the said person in question. Sometimes if someone says, ‘oh, that was between Srila Prabhupada and the said person’ how should we reply that 'no, that also holds good for us too.’ Is there a quote from Srila Prabhupada to answer this question? I heard Srila Prabhupada talked about an analogy of sun in this context.

^ Collapse

English;

A Heartful Plea

November 7, 2013 |

English; Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

Reply to Welcome by Vedic Brahmanas

June 13, 2008 |

English with தமிழ் translation; Kaveripakkam, Tamilnadu, India

The Attractiveness of Srila Prabhupada, Part-2

August 21, 2014 |

English; Govindadvipa, Ireland

Chanting Holy Names for Benefit of Others

January 9, 2014 |

Question: I am listening to one of your lecture and an inquiry is made about chanting rounds or the Holy Name etc. for others. In the Gita mahatmya there is one section where a bull is dying and all the people come and promise to give some of their accrued punya to the bull including a prostitute - she did it because she didn't want be the one who didn't because she thought she had no punya to give. But because the blessing from the prostitute alone the bull was born as a high brahmana and traced her out to find out what was her punya etc.… Expand>

Question:

I am listening to one of your lecture and an inquiry is made about chanting rounds or the Holy Name etc. for others.

In the Gita mahatmya there is one section where a bull is dying and all the people come and promise to give some of their accrued punya to the bull including a prostitute - she did it because she didn't want be the one who didn't because she thought she had no punya to give. But because the blessing from the prostitute alone the bull was born as a high brahmana and traced her out to find out what was her punya etc. She confessed that she was a prostitute and actually had no punya. But after some thought it was revealed that she had some parrots who used to belong to someone who chanted a specific chapter of the Gita daily and she used to listen to that and for this reason she had punya etc. So it seems that one can gift one's own punya to others. How would you explain this?

^ Collapse

English; Salem, Tamil Nadu, India

Why Does ISKCON Avoid Preaching In Hindi?

May 20, 2011 |

Question: Why does ISKCON avoid preaching in Hindi, even in Hindi speaking regions of India? Are all the Prabhupada books translated in Hindi by devotees themselves?

English;