Q&A - Why do you chant?

The first thing that comes to mind for me is a set of questions – Why do we practice Asana and Pranayama? Why do we sit in meditation? Why do we practice Yama and Niyama? Why do we engage in any spiritual inquiry? Indeed, for me, the answer to these questions is quite similar as to the one you brought up about chanting – I want to love God, I want to serve God. Chanting the names of Krsna is the very center of that equation within my lineage, Gaudiya Vaisnavism.

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The Nine Practices of Bhakti Yoga

These nine practices are discussed by Prahlada Maharaja in the Seventh Canto of the ancient text, Srimad Bhagavatam. They are meant to be guidelines that will help the Bhakta, or Bhakti practitioner, cleanse his or her heart and cultivate pure, selfless love of God. Though some of these practices are more accessible than others, they are not necessarily progressive steps as is the case with practices in other systems of yoga.  

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