Krishna Rings, dollars, Tulasi mala, etc. – Necessary or Not?
Qn in detail:
Hare Krishna, prabhu…I have some questions… 1.chanting is better by tulashi mala after take bath. Is it acceptable if we chant by counting machine or fingers or not after take bath? 2. What’s about chocolates? Is it strongly prohibited in bhakti life? 3. Sometimes we use key ring or others with picture of krishna. is it right to use as we r not always clean but it’s always with us. Thanks prabhu….
It is not required to touch the tulasi mala only after taking a bath.
Even if you have cleaned your hands well and brushed your teeth, you can chant using tulasi mala.
In the case of married devotees, in case they had involved in physical relations, they should touch the tulasi mala only after taking full bath.
It is better to chant using tulasi beads itself. However, during travels or in office, you can chant using counter machine or fingers.
The initiated devotees may please use the mala chanted and given by your guru because, your guru has imparted Krishna in that mala. It will be more effective. In unavoidable situations, they too can chant using counters or fingers.
But, the best mode is using Tulasi mala because Tulasi is with us taking us closer to Krishna.
As far as chocolates are concerned, they too contain caffeine that is an additive. Chocolates, though sweety and creamy in taste, they are additives.
That is why, the devotees are advised to avoid chocolates.
Alternatively, there are some delicious sweets like coconut cakes, Groundnut cakes, dates, etc. You can take them. Even you can offer them to Krishna and then honour them.
I do not find it necessary to keep Krishna always with us in the following forms:
(a) Keeping devotional ring tones. I do not have them because even when we go to pass urine, the mobile rings a devotional song in toilet. It can be avoided. Some use even Gayathri manthra as ring tones. It is very offensive. Such a pure manthra should not be publicly circulated. Even recording the Gayathri Manthra and selling it is offensive. It should be heard only through a guru and sung secretly closing the hands that chant the mala of Gayathri Manthra.
(b) Keeping the rings and dollars with the pictures of Krishna and other gods. The fingers will be used even for unclean activities like rubbing, touching some hidden parts, body cleaning, etc. I never use any symbols of Krishna like dollars, rings, etc.
(c) Wearing T-Shirts with Krishna pictures printed. Though these things act as advertisements, they are unnecessasary. The figure of Krishna will be bathed with the sweat and dust.
Why should we show our devotional orientations like this?
We should show our devotion in our actions and approach.
A devotee should be satvic, kind, steady, pleasing and an example for others to follow.
Gandhiji wore no symbols. But, he even gave all respects to the British and he followed dignity in all his dealings with the British authorities. That is why, he is still respected even in UK, USA and all over the world.
For us, the devotees, the three important and simple ornaments are enough:
(1) Chanting mala (2) Tilak (3) Tulasi mala (Kanthi Mala) around the neck.
THE BEST PLACE TO KEEP KRISHNA IS: YOUR HEART. What else?