Chanting: Importance of Chanting

                                                                  Q. It is said that for Kali Yuga chanting is the recommended process for reaching Lord Krishna. But is this statement given in Bhagavad-Gita? My friend argues that only the statements given in Bhagavad-Gita and Vedas are acceptable without any argument, as Bhagavad-Gita came straight from Lord Krishna. But anyway I have strong belief in Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON, and I chant regularly the holy name of Lord Krishna.

                                                                  Q. In BG As It Is chapter 3, Srila Prabhupada clarifies that the performance of sacrifices for Krishna (Vishnu) are required for spiritual elevation and for comfortable living in the material world. He goes on in verses 3.10, 3.12, 3.13 (and perhaps others) to elaborate that sacrifices are very difficult to perform in this age, but that the merciful Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has made the sankirtan sacrifice more available for this purpose.

                                                                  Q. How should I please Krishna so that He will help me understand Him, so that He elevates me to platform where I can become a nice devotee of Him?

                                                                  This is a wonderful question, because it expresses genuine interest in Krishna, and an interest to please Him. This attitude is in fact what is really pleasing to Krishna! This is what devotion is all about - to consider how to satisfy Krishna rather than focus on one's own personal interests.

                                                                  Q. I have had one question which often bothers my mind, about right attitude.

                                                                  We hear that everthing is Krishna's property. I can think of Krishna's  great powers by recalling His pastimes and His creation. But I am unsure  what is meant by serving Krishna and what should be our thought while  taking up any duties. Does that mean that we have to value everything and  everyone as Krishna's?

                                                                  a) If yes, then is it our duty to hear from everyone and share whatever  we are practicing?

                                                                  Q: I have a question that is particularly pointed at the chanting or repetition of mantras.
                                                                   
                                                                  For people who cannot speak in Sanskrit or Bengali or Odisa language, can mantras be translated into languages of their comfort so that they can repeat it with conviction and knowing fully well what it means?
                                                                   
                                                                  Most of us are ignorant of what a mantra means. After all it is positive reinforcement of the same thought or desire or wish or blessing or prayer. So why should it be complicated and why can't it be translated into multiple languages?
                                                                   
                                                                  Will it be diluted or will it be more empowered?
                                                                   

                                                                  Q: I have severe Hereditary Bronchial Asthma, suffering from my childhood days. I started with Japa in the early morning for a few days. But during winter months I cannot do Japa attentively. What should I do since my health does not permit me doing Japa so regularly?

                                                                   

                                                                  If during the winter months you are not able to chant in the mornings, then whenever time permits during the day you should make sure to chant your japa.  You can also sincerely pray to Krishna to give you the strength and ability to serve Him. When Krsna sees our sincere desire to serve Him, He can award us situations which are conducive to carry out our service.