I am disturbed by NEGATIVE THOUGHTS while chanting. What to do?
Actual Question from a devotee:
“Anna I always read your post but I dont understand how to control my heart and brain at the same while chanting there are lots of negative thought come in my mind..”
Only when we have full faith on Krishna and the positive effecs of chanting, we can chant single mindedly.
Negative thoughts come because your faith on Krishna is less.
As usual , let me give a few examples:
(1) Why do you show so much of interest in watching the movie of your favourite star?
Because, you fully believe that your favourite star will satisfy your expectations through that film.
At the same time, why don’t you show much interest in studies?
Because, you are not sure whether you are assured of any job after completing the studies.
If the job is assured if the student scores above 90% of marks he will study sincerely.
(2) A young wife has very loveful husband who always appreciates her food preparations. So, she too has very much love and faith on her husband and hence, she prepared plenty of tasty recipes by selecting vegetables, recipes that are very much liked by her husband.
If her husband does not like bean, she would never buy it and she too would stop taking bean. Whenever she cooks for husband, she would always think whether her husband would like if she adds more turmeric, or oil or anything else. While cooking for husband, she would never think of any other things except about how to satisfy her husband with her preparation.
Why she is that much sincere in her cooking for husband?
Because, she loves her husband much and she believes that her husband likes and responds the good preparations of his wife. So, she is FULLY convinced with her husband and she can’t think any other things except her husband while cooking. She feels that she must reciprocate the love shown by her husband who is always supporting and encouraging her. So, she shows her gratitude and love by cooking nicely for husband.
So, FAITH on a person is the main requisite for developing dedication.
In case she finds her husband with some other girl in close association, her faith on husband is shaken and hence she will never trust his words and she feels that THE LOVE AND THE PURITY OF HER HUSBAND IS NOT TRUE AS BELIEVED BY HER SO FAR and she has violated her trust put on him.
What happens after that?
She will not show the same love and care while cooking for her husband. She would even cook bean that she likes and he does not like. As she carelessly cooks, the food will not be tasty. She cooks thinking of the betrayal of husband in mind.
Similarly, IF YOU HAVE 100% FAITH ON KRISHNA, AND IF YOU STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT KRISHNA IS PROTECTING YOU SILENTLY BY SUPPLYING ALL THE REQUISITES, YOU WILL DEDICATE YOUR ATTENTION FULLY WHILE CHANTING.
You must believe that KRISHNA HAS COME NOW AND IS HEARING YOUR CHANTING.
You should feel that KRISHNA WILL BE DEFINITELY CONVINCED IF YOU SHOW FULL ATTENTION IN CHANTING.
YOU SHOULD ALSO BELIEVE THAT CHANTING IS THE DEFINITE PROCESS TO ATTAIN LORD AND TO CLEAR KARMA.
Unless you have such a definite faith on Krishna and chanting, you can’t develop concentration in chanting. If you thus trust Krishna 100%, you will start to chant to please Krishna. When you chant like that, there will be no chance for the generation of negetive thoughts during chanting.
Negative thoughts come only when we do not trust a source or person and when we do not apply our full attention.
So, develop full trust and faith on Krishna and the process of chanting. Believe that chanting REALLY purifies and elevates you. Chant with this faith and belief that Krishna is hearing your chanting. When all scriptures agree that chanting is the kaliyuga dharma, there is no need for doubt about the efficacy of chanting. So, believe it fully.
Now, negative thoughts will not arise. Hare Krishna.