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Hare Krsna PRabhuji,
Ashtang Yoga is one of the processes to reach God. There is an entire chapter on it in Gita - Chapter 6. It is a yoga ladder - depending on where one is - its got different names - karma yoga, gyaan yoga, ashtanga yoga, bhakti yoga.
By ashtanga yoga, I am not sure whether you mean pranayam. That is ok. It helps to regulate the breadth. More of exercise than yoga. The thing is - I am not sure who is teaching you ashtanga yoga - there has to be qualified teacher also na.
Trikal sandhya - what exactly you do?
Gayatri jaap - all second initiated also do gayatri jaap.
Please take second initiation, then you can do gayatri jaap also.
The basic idea is to have faith that Hare Krsna mahamantra is enough to take us back to Godhead. We have to choose one path and follow it with faith and determination to get results.
Radha Rasamayi DD
Without special mercy of Lord and His true devotees, non of the living beings can progress, no matter of anything.
Hare Krsna Prabhuji,
This questions is asked periodically on this website, maybe by you only earlier.
To chant, being dumb is not an impediment. Chant in heart. Chant in mind - chant. That is important.
For deaf person, he can chant loudly, even if he cant hear what he is chanting.
For both, Krsna prasadam can be offered and reading can be done.
Krsna is in the heart. He sees the sincere endeavour of the sadhaka, the results are in His hands.
Radha Rasamayi DD
On the face of things, that might seem so, but there are many forms of Bhaktee Sava,
as well as other/bhaktees to help them in developing their (Rahda-Krishna Prama Rahsa)/taste/
&-"too develop an attraction and attachment to the experience of Their purely pleasherable association and pastimes.
That's about all anyone can do,-i.e. gradually evolve in our abilities to associate with Krishna & let our affectionet attraction be the leader & guide of our destanys. Indeed -
this is ISKCON'S Sole/ main task, service & pleaser,-Assintuelly,i.e. providing the pure holsome experience of God to the point that Unconditional attachment, Love & affection spontaneously evolves/develups! ? am I right Good Question thank you ) big smiles
Addmittedly that is a good question! "
Generally speaking, chanting holy names of a proud and stonehearted person can not attract the Lord.
Anyway, by faithful and complete surrender on the lotus feet of the Lord, one can get opportunity for progress.
Chanting will give results - whether done attentively or distractedly.
We say attentive chanting, because it will give quicker results, remove anarthas from our heart, purify us and take us back to Godhead faster.
On the contrary, inattentive chanting will also do all of these, it may take lifetimes. In the process, if one commits vaishnava aparadha (mainly blaspheming devotees), then one is condemned.
Pls chant - whether attentive or inattentive. Whether deaf, dumb, mentally challenged, physically challenged, financially, emotionally challenged, ..... or whatever the challenge one is facing at any point in time.
The results of chanting of proud stonehearted person will be for sore some purification, but that wont attract the Lord unless one chant with the humble state of mind and gentle such as in helpless condition.
The goal of chanting is waking transcendental love for Lord, where purification is just a side effect of chanting. If one do not succeed in changing the heart state after many years of bhakti, one for shore need to seek for a drastic change in the life.
Transcendental love for God does not arise without purification. That is the reason inattentive chanting is encouraged (better than not chanting at all), so that the purification process starts.
As far as proud, stone hearted person is concerned, I qualify for the definition. I have not yet come near namabhas even. My chanting is very offensive.
Pls pray for me dear devotees, that one day I may chant suddha naam.
Radha Rasamayi DD