Chanting is Deceptively Simple

Hare Krishna Vaishnavas,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

When I was going to start my chanting today, I thought of reading a little bit of Japa Reform Notebook by H H Satsvarupa Maharaj. I came across a very deep thought provoking point that made me put in more effort in my chanting. Here is the quote.

"The chanting is deceivingly simple just repeat some names. But the mind is rebellious because of you say these names, then all sense gratification will go away and you will become a devotee of Krishna. The mind wants us to be a devotee of our nonsense mind. So although it is deceptively simple, it is hard to actually chant. Therefore, we stress it always. It is a simple process, and if you try it in a simple way it will not be difficult. But if you go on listening to your mind, it will be very difficult."

I found the phrase "deceptively simple" very interesting. It proved a very important point to me. The transcendental seed words "Hare", "Krishna" and "Rama" that form the Mahamantra, are non-different from the Lord Himself, i.e., the Holy Name is a person (Nama-prabhu). Generally as human beings, we tend to show more importance to personal entities than impersonal entities. (Just to give a crude example, when a person driving a vehicle meets with an accident, the person is given more attention that the vehicle itself.) 

 So many days I had finished my sixteen rounds and felt good about it. But the fact that I did not hear the words 'Krishna', 'Rama' and 'Hare' , has proved that I am not considering the names of Krishna as non-different from Him. In other words, I have been having an impersonal careless attitude towards the Nama-prabhu...I think, "After all they are only some names of Krishna".  If only I pay personal attention to the holy name, I will be actually chanting.

Paying personal attention to the holy name is non-different from paying personal attention to Krishna. Because, the holy name is non-different from Krishna!

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das.