Chanting Hare Krishna

"krsnokirtana-gana-nartana-parau" (Sri Sri Sad-Goswamy Astaka, by Srinivasa Acarya). The six goswamis of Vrindavan gave us the process of chanting; "Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare". They said udh-kirtan. Udh-kirtan means loud kirtan. Actually, when we are speaking out loud, you are speaking from your heart. If you speak very mildly, then you might be hiding something in your heart, so just mumble, mumble.

But no, just speak out from the top of your voice. And you have to put out an effort as if it were pumping out the air from the stomach. It's an intensified kirtan. "krsnotkirtana-..-nartana..", dancing also, because it lets loose our sentiments. These are not sentimental aspects of one who is resting simply on the mind. Rather, these are the sentiments of the heart and spirit. And one has to do this kirtan to keep himself purified.

Chanting of the holy name, its efficacy and everything, is very well explained in a very scientific way and, in our tradition, we have to study so we can develop a proper understanding of why we are chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra, what is the functionary aspect of chanting (meaning how the chanting should be done), and what is the ultimate goal of chanting...