Attentive Japa Brings Quality and Happiness in Our Life
14th September 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti
When we try to chant our japa seriously, with attention, day after day, after day, after day, we will get the taste and begin to lose our desires for material happiness. Fast! It is all in the chanting.
But we don’t have a time for japa. We think we have to do it, and then we can “start our day”. Japa is just a “necessary botheration”. The “real thing” is to “do” things, because then we will get some “results”. “I don’t get any results from japa! I am using 2 hours every day, but nothing is changing. Nothing happened in my life in 2 hours! But if I am doing something, then life has got a meaning.” Look at the people outside, they are so busy they don’t even have time to sleep. Like that animal, the beaver, in America they call him “busy beaver”. He is so busy he cannot stop to not do something. Always so busy, but who cares!
Our actions will have quality when our hearing and chanting is done nicely. We may do less, but we will find satisfaction in whatever we do. We will offer arati and it will be so nice, because we will offer our devotion in such a nice way to the Deities. And when walking from the altar, we will feel satisfied, and not that, “All right, I got it done!” We want to do everything with attention and that comes from our chanting japa. This brings attention to everything we do. The quality of japa is the basis for everything and then the attraction for material desires goes away fast.