Karttika Journal | Japa Thought IV

November 5th, 2008

November 5, 2008
Sri Govardhana

Japa Thought IV

Concentration is a faculty of the mind. To be a successful chanter it must be activated. In Bhajan Rahasya, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur recommends how: give special focus to just one couplet of the name. A friend similarly advised, “concentrate on one mantra at a time with single-mindedness.” It’s the same concept—if we activate our concentration in a limited focus, it will remain focused in a greater context.

In other words, if one focuses on the first couplet of the holy, it is likely that the faculty of concentration will remain active for the rest of the mantra, and by the time one’s concentration wanes, he is again activating it for the first couplet of the next mantra.

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