Mantra Meditation

Wisdom and Practice
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Mantra Meditation

Wisdom and Practice
This in-depth course will build on the 7 Lesson Challenge by going deeper into the wisdom teachings at the foundation of maha-mantra meditation. You will learn techniques for enhancing your meditation and overcoming common obstacles in your practice. And, you will explore the bhakti-yoga philosophy and lifestyle that chanting comes from.
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What's inside
Core spiritual principles behind chanting
How to use meditation beads
Techniques for deepening your meditation
How to awaken your higher consciousness
Ways to spiritualize your life
Developing your own daily practice
Learn at your own pace
Personal guidance
Experienced teachers
Solid spiritual foundation

Meet Your Course Teachers

Godruma Goura Das grew up in a family of dedicated bhakti yogis and learned mantra meditation from an early age. Now married and pursuing a career in web development, Godruma continues to integrate mantra meditation into his daily life and share it with others.
Nikunja came to the bhakti through her yoga asana practice and has since furthered her studies at the Mayapur Academy (India). Residing in New York City and Mayapur, she serves as a yoga asana teacher and pujari (priest). A full-time mother, and wife, she finds shelter in her steady mantra meditation practice and endeavors to share this sacred tradition with her students and family.

What Students Say:

  • I had many difficulties in my life. Already I had been meditating with the maha-mantra for a few weeks and feeling really elevated. This mantra meditation course was the cherry on top for this practice to really solidify in my heart and mind. The classes are really mind-blowing, the depth of this practice and knowledge, and I appreciate so much having two different teachers in the course sharing their realizations. Super excellent.
    Jin Kang
  • I was into yoga and meditation before I found Chant Now. But once I got introduced to the maha-mantra and bhakti yoga, many magical things started to happen in my life. This chanting is so special! The mantra meditation course inspired me so much because I didn’t appreciate the depth of this practice and how far one can really go in spiritual life before taking this course. I feel the benefit in all aspects of my life, especially with my concentration and emotional wellbeing.
    Cruz Doyal
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What You'll Learn
Chapter 1
Before You Begin
This section contains a review of the 7 Lesson Challenge, a short quiz, a short lesson on how to chant using beads, advice on the right mindset to approach this course, and a brief overview of the course structure and what to expect. We will be covering a lot of new ground in this course. Going through this section carefully before beginning the main lessons, will help you get the most out of this course.
Chapter 2
How to Be Happy
If you aspire to experience deep inner joy and lasting satisfaction, what we often call ‘happiness,’ this lesson is for you. Almost everything that people believe will make them happy ultimately leads to disappointment and suffering. So, where and how is genuine happiness to be found? Discover in this short lesson.
Chapter 3
The First Step Towards ‘Self’-Realization
This lesson contains a powerful guided meditation exercise designed to take you beyond your body and mind and contemplate on your real identity. Who exactly are you? The answer to this question isn’t as easy as it might appear initially. The meditation exercise is this lesson takes to deep within your real ‘self’ and helps you deeply explore your actual identity.
Chapter 4
Understanding Body, Soul, and Consciousness
The exercise in the previous lesson can be a bit unsettling. Examining your identity, challenging everything that you thought you were is not easy. You might now have more insight into who you ARE NOT, but feel really fuzzy about you ARE after all. This lesson talks about the Soul and Consciousness. These are important philosophical building blocks which help us make sense, think and talk about our real identity.
Chapter 5
Transforming the Consciousness
This is a critical lesson, the final piece of the puzzle in truly understanding the self and the key to unlocking your full spiritual potential. The answer to the question ‘Who am I?’ which we have been meditating upon in the previous lessons is incomplete without understanding ‘What am I a part of?’ This lesson is an introduction to Bhakti Yoga and describes the ultimate goal of mantra meditation – finding our place and purpose in the universe
Chapter 6
Entering Bhakti Yoga
This lesson defines key terms and concepts used in the philosophy of Bhakti Yoga and goes deeper into its essential elements. Once properly understood and realised, it will have a profound effect on your chanting and what you are able to experience in your meditation practice. To get the most out of this lesson, approach it with an open mind and try not let any biases or pre-conceived ideas effect your understanding.
Chapter 7
Understanding Divine Love
Followers of some of the world’s major religions often have closely held, contradictory beliefs about God and Divinity, which strongly affect their worldview and actions, sometimes even leading to violence. This lesson shows how Bhakti Yoga not only reconciles and harmonizes all these different perspectives but goes further and introduces us to Krishna – The Supreme Person as the original source, the ultimate object of love and reservoir of all happiness and pleasure.
Chapter 8
Calling Krishna
What makes the mahamantra so special? How is it different than any other mantra? Is it just a combination of some sounds, something to focus on while meditating? Find out in this lesson how the mahamantra is composed of three divine personal names - Hare, Krishna and Rama and how calling out these names connects us with these divine transcendental personalities.
Chapter 9
Responding to Divine Love
As spiritual beings, it is in our nature to love. However, whenever we try to repose this love in a person, country, cause, or object, we are time and time again left frustrated and disappointed. In this lesson, we see why and how, in order to truly be satisfied, we need to revive and redirect our loving propensity towards Krishna.
Chapter 10
The Heart of All Religion
Is mantra meditation and Bhakti Yoga a religion? Isn’t Krishna a Hindu God? Does chanting the mahamantra make me a Hindu or require me to convert from my own religion? Is it not possible to practice this meditation without following any religion? Short answer to all these questions, NO! For a more detailed answer, check out the lesson!
Chapter 11
Bhakti – Performing Loving Devotional Service
This lesson puts together everything we have learned so far and gives a powerful, comprehensive overview and summary. To revive our eternal loving relationship with God is the goal of Bhakti Yoga and to fully engage ourselves in loving devotional service is the means and the end. Calling God by chanting the mahamantra in the mood of prayer, asking for nothing but to be engaged in service is the key to go deeper into this meditation.
Chapter 12
Creating Your Own Practice
This lesson equips you with the information and understanding you need to continue building your own bhakti practice. Learn the importance of incorporating mantra meditation in your daily life and commit to chanting a fixed number of rounds every day to build a solid foundation for your spiritual progress.
Chapter 13
Make Your Sacred Space
A right environment which supports your meditation practice can make a world of difference. It becomes your sacred space, where you can fully connect with and focus and concentrate deeply on your practice without any distractions. In this lesson, learn the importance of creating such a space, what goes into creating it, and how to make one for yourself.
Chapter 14
Doing Kirtan
Kirtan is the the practice of singing the mantra collectively in a group in a call and response style. It is a natural complement to your practise of individual mantra chanting practice. This lesson introduces you to this extremely powerful practice and shows how you can incorporate it in your own life and benefit from it.
Chapter 15
Becoming Part of a Community
The people around us, those who we regularly and closely interact with deeply effect our choices, habits and consciousness. This can work for us or against us. In this lesson learn the importance associating with like minded seekers and how to find and become a part of such a community.
Chapter 16
Developing the Right Attitude
The right attitude is key to success in any activity. When it comes to spirituality and meditation practice, it becomes absolutely critical. In this lesson, learn how to get into the right mood and have the right attitude without which it is impossible to make much progress through mere mechanical practice.
Chapter 17
Going Forward
Congratulations! We are happy you made it through the course. In this last video, we share with you how you can keep moving forward using resources we have on our site. We have also put together a short assessment exercise which you can use to reflect on your journey and a survey which you can use to give us feedback if you wish.
Mantra Meditation
Wisdom and Practice
This in-depth course will build on the 7 Lesson Challenge by going deeper into the wisdom teachings at the foundation of maha-mantra meditation. You will learn techniques for enhancing your meditation and overcoming common obstacles in your practice. And, you will explore the bhakti-yoga philosophy and lifestyle that chanting comes from.
Enroll now
Start Learning
What's inside
Core spiritual principles behind chanting
How to use meditation beads
Techniques for deepening your meditation
How to awaken your higher consciousness
Ways to spiritualize your life
Developing your own daily practice
Enroll now
Start Learning

Frequently Asked Questions

What is chant now? is a dedicated team of monks, professionals, and volunteers with decades of experience in mantra-meditation, which is the heart of bhakti-yoga or devotional service. We live the lifestyle and personally practice what we share in our classes as per our individual capacities. Our teachings are based on the ancient wisdom texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, as presented by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also known as the Hare Krishna movement, and form the spiritual foundation of the meditation training offered in our classes.
What is the maha mantra?
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

The literal meaning of maha-mantra is “The Great Chant of Deliverance.” While there are many mantras like ‘OM’ etc., the maha-mantra is the most powerful mantra in existence, also known as the Hare Krishna mantra. It has been a core practice of the ancient Bhakti Yoga tradition for thousands of years. Regular chanting of this mantra under proper guidance relieves one from stress, anxiety, and depression and instantly puts the practitioner in touch with a higher transcendental reality. Whether you are looking to improve your mental well-being, have greater focus and clarity, or have a genuine spiritual experience, meditating on this mantra will help you achieve your goals quickly.
Is chanting a form of meditation?
Yes! In fact, it is the best and easiest technique for meditation because it uses the transformative power of sound, allowing the restless wandering mind to concentrate on it easily and not get easily distracted by mental chatter, which is the number one source of distraction for beginners. Chanting on beads is especially beneficial, as it engages the sense of touch and speech and auditory functions in the meditation process.
What is bhakti yoga?
Bhakti is derived from the Sanskrit word bhaj, which means – loving service. Bhakti-yoga means to connect to the Supreme by means of loving devotional service. The path of bhakti-yoga is developed through a variety of activities. These include mantra meditation or the chanting of the names Hare Krishna. The chanting is done either individually or in the community by chanting mantras accompanied by music (kirtan). The study of sacred texts such as the Bhagavad-gita, associating with like-minded spiritual aspirants, eating sanctified vegetarian food, and living in a way that upholds the principles of truthfulness, mercy, austerity, and cleanliness, are all core practices for a life of followers of bhakti.
Who is Srila Prabhupada?
Srila Prabhupada is the founder acharya (spiritual head) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Srila Prabhupada not only brought bhakti yoga and the Hare Krishna maha-mantra to the western world but also circled the globe 14 times on lecture tours, bringing the teachings of Lord Krishna to thousands of people on six continents.
Are all the courses, live sessions, and mentorship offered by Chant Now for free?
This project is run by practicing Bhakti Yogis voluntarily as part of our ‘Seva’ or service to humanity. While all our services are for free, some of our more advanced courses are donation-based, with the proceeds utilized for the maintenance and upkeep of the project/website.
How do I connect to a mentor?
Sign up for our community using this link and write to the mentors directly. Our mentors are spread across time zones and offer their time voluntarily. You can generally expect a reply within 24 hours.
Are all your content/classes online, or do you meet in real life?
We have centers all across the world. Get in touch with us using the contact form on our home page using this link, and our team will help you locate your nearest center.
Can I donate to support this project?
We are glad you asked! If you have benefitted from Chant Now's courses, resources, and mentors and would like to support the project, please donate using this link. Apart from donating money, you can also be involved in other ways by contributing your time, skills, and expertise and just spreading the word to your family and friends. Connect with us using this link to find out how.

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