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How to Meditate on Krishna

The now famous 16 word maha mantra is the recommended sound for meditation on Krishna. The goal is to awaken love for Krishna, the long lost love of our life. In the process many things happen including: a deep sense of freedom, an awareness of our spirit self, inspirations to give and to serve, and a wonderful sense of belonging. The meditation is called Japa - the quiet ‘muttering’ of sacred sound.

The mantra: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare (Har-ay as in day)

Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

What you need: The mantra, japa beads (108), and your attention.


  1. Find a quiet place

  2. Sit comfortably with straight back on chair or floor

  3. With clean hands hold chanting beads

  4. Recite quietly the full mantra

  5. Hear the full mantra carefully

  6. Add affection

  7. Relax

  8. Breathe

  9. “Just try to hear yourself chant sincerely.”

  10. Set timer for 30 mins

  11. 2 hours is best

  12. Ignore the mind

  13. Bring back the mind

  14. Lose yourself in the sound

  15. Find yourself in the sound


  1. Find a quiet place

  2. Walk slowly

  3. Repeat steps 3-12 as above

  4. Don’t do a japa walk for exercise

  5. Do a japa walk for meditation

Added notes

  1. Mantra: ‘man’ means mind and ‘tra’ means to free

  2. Early mornings are the best time but anytime will work

  3. For best results make a commitment to x number of rounds a day

  4. Or x number of minutes - 15 minutes/ 30 minutes

  5. Trust the mantra, and Krishna. They care for you.

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