Will chanting by mentally challenged persons be heard by Krishna?

Will chanting by mentally challenged persons be heard by Krishna?

Actual Question from a devotee:

“hare krsna prabhu I am a mentally retarded person.but Iam trying to chant hare krsna 16 rounds but why I can’t act intelligently than normal what karma I did in last life.please explain.i am suffering jobless I am in home only. even i went to 2 company. I quit from job due to inability of work due to this problem.”


I am very proud of you because even normal persons find it difficult to chant 16 rounds, but, you are trying to chant 16 rounds.

You may feel that psychological patients have to chant without ‘FEELING’ the taste and hence it may not attract Krishna.

I tell you:  Many normal devotees chant with multiple thoughts.  You are far better than those devotees.

So, your chanting will be more effective than ours (!!!).

You will definitely be blessed by the Lord.  No need for any doubts in the same.

I hope that you are undergoing regular medication for your psychological problem.

(I am upset both in material and spiritual lives. What to do? READ HERE!)

Actually, everyone has some kind of problems in his body, such as eyes, ears, mouth, heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, etc.

If you note every person, he will have atleast a single problem physically.  Atleast they will be wearing spectacles on their eyes or sound amplifiers in their ears.

Some persons may be financially very rich, and use only the mineral water and refined oils, but, they may have major diseases and attacked by repeated cold.  At the same time, even some beggars who eat foods given by others and drink water from public pipe lines live for 80-90 years without any diseases  and they do not face cold or cough frequently in their life.

Why it is so?


Because, he had negative karma in finance, but, good karma in health.  Whereas, this rich guy has more negative karma in health and positive karma in finance.

The point is that every person will have some kind of problems and blessings in his life.

In your case, you might have given many tortures to some people in your previous birth(s) because of which he/ she might have become mentally disturbed or retarded.  This dosha affects your psychology in your present birth.

However, you would have done many good karma too in the previous births and hence you have got the opportunity to follow devotion to Krishna in this present birth.

Chanting by mentally challenged persons will definitely please Krishna and will take you closer to Krishna.  That is happening now in your case also.


Now, you are clearing your past karma.  That means, you are getting purified.  Therefore, you should not feel bad for having the psychological problem.

Since you have psychological issues, you can not do any sinful acts willfully and you will not add to serious new karma in this birth. Even the laws do not punish such persons if they commit any crimes because they can not  do with steady mind.

Not only you, about 15% OF THE POPULATION has some kind of small to big psychological problems. Even getting severely angry, doubting others, feeling inferior, taking revenge, etc are psychological issues only. Because of this highly competitive world, the psychological issues are increasing.  The chanting by mentally challenged persons like these people is very effective to please Krishna.

Atleast you have been able to keep your issue under control through medication.

This shows that Krishna is merciful to you though He has allowed  you to face the reactions of your past karma.  For those who have the support of Krishna, the problems will be under control compared to others.

If you had not involved in devotion and chanting, your psychological issue might not have been controlled by the medication.

You have asked about the intelligence.

(Can Psychological issues cause extremity in devotional practices? How to deal with that? READ HERE!)

Here, you have to accept the reality.  Though your psychological issue is under control, your brain will have some small difficulties in functioning like the normal people.  The sharpness of intelligence, memory, etc, may be slightly less compared to the normal people.

Since you are under medication, you should perform your daily tasks with a proper schedule.  You should not give more pressure to the brain.

Some jobs require perfect intelligence.  Therefore you can’t try for all the jobs.

But, there are some jobs and businesses that can be done by even the mentally disturbed persons.

Let me list a few jobs or businesses that can be done by you:

Vegetable shop

General stores

Xerox shop with computer job typing with Mediator for identity cards/ driving license/ pan cards, etc.

Rail, Bus and air Ticket booking agency with Mediator for identity cards/ driving license/ pan cards, etc.

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Two/ four wheeler mechanism (after learning in a workshop directly for atleast three months)

Mobile phone servicing

Computer/ laptop servicing.

Real estate agency (brokerage)

Catering service door to door.

Tea shop or coffee shop that is very easy to start and manage.

A small restaurant.

A snack shop.

Agency for labours.

Private Bus conductor.

Textile shop.

Thus, there are so many business options that a person can do even if he is keeping his psychological issues under control with medication.

(I am still struggling even after fasting for Ekadasi regularly. Why? READ HERE!)

Hereafter, explore what talents you have.  You will definitely have one or two special talents and interests.

Find it out and make a project / plan in a paper about the requirements for doing your business.  Select a business in which you feel more comfortable.

Invest small amount initially and gradually increase the investment when your business starts growing.

Right selection and perfect planning is very important.

Instead of starting to plan and work, why should you remain idle in your home?

Do possible works, earn and also keep chanting. You will get the shield of Krishna in due course of time.  Since you are not adding severe new karma in this birth, your liberation will be faster than others. This is the advantage.

If you take next birth, it will be superior one!

Think of my advice and enter into the action.

Hope you are clear whether Krishna hears the chanting by mentally challenged persons!

(Will chanting change the basic nature of a person? READ HERE!)

Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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