Chanting While Driving
Posted April 9, 2006
Many devotees will give their opinion on this subject of attentive chanting and what constitutes actual japa. From my own experience it appears that to sit down and chant on our beads without ANY distractions whatsoever (both in mind and action) is the most effective way to reap the benefits of chanting the Holy Name.
I am sure many devotees have their own mechanisms for achieving this, I myself find that before sunrise is a very good time (2hrs preferably) and most importantly refraining from performing any other activity whilst chanting.
I also re-discovered the benefits of reading the mantra whilst chanting - this keeps the mind from wandering (which as we all know is not easy) and has the effect of keeping the mind focused. Finally, listening to your own chanting and clear pronounciation seems to increase the benefits.
I am sure there are many quotes from Srila Prabhupada that could be used
here - the quotes used in the initial article seem to indicate chanting
outside of personal japa time. It appears Srila Prabhupada is encouraging
his disciples to always chant the Holy Name, but I wouldn't neccessarily
presume that Srila Prabhupada is referring to the 16 round period.