Pramada Japa (Inattentive chanting)

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Srila Sanatana Gosvami in his Hari-bhakti Vilasa (17.132-3) says:

pralapan va japed yavat tavan nishphalam ucyate vadan na gacchan na svapan nanyam kim api samsmaran na kshuj jrimbhana hikkadi vikalikrita manasah mantra-siddhim avapnoti tasmad yatna-puro bhavet

“As long as one speaks, one’s japa will be fruitless. While speaking, walking, lying down on bed, or having one’s mind agitated by thinking of something else, sneezing, hickuping or yawning, one cannot attain perfection in one’s mantra practise.”

 

 

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