(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 August 2019, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Janmashtami Lecture)

When we feel that we have no taste for chanting and when we think to ourselves, “Oh I have no desire to chant sixteen rounds… it is taking such a long time and it is appearing to me as boring“, this is because we have no remembrance of Krsna. However, it is so easy to remember Krsna through His pastimes, because they are filled with rasa, with taste. They are not boring at all; they are actually full of excitement.

Are we religious? No, we are not religious. We are attracted to the pastimes of Krsna; as simple as that. It is this attraction and remembrance of the pastimes of Krsna that will give us the strength in chanting the Hare Krsna mahamantra. The reason for why we are not developing the taste for chanting is because we do not remember Krsna’s pastimes. So what we must do is just get fully absorbed in Krsna’s qualities, His pastimes, His nature and so on. We must focus to realize the kindness of Krsna and His mercy until we become captured by it. It is only when it captures us that we begin to chant with taste. If we do it as an exercise, we may struggle with it, but then we start to think about Krsna’s pastimes and suddenly our rounds move along. So it is really all about getting absorbed in remembering how amazing Krsna is. It is about being captured by His qualities and then we can chant the Hare Krsna mahamantra in ecstasy. That is what it is all about in the end, getting absorbed.

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