Pran Krishna Das Babaji, 14.10.2019, 3 kinds of chanting Mahamantra.
In this video, Guruji explains the three ways of doing japa (chanting the maha-mantra) (Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare) demonstrating each of them. The 3 ways of chanting are:
1. Upanishy - in which the chanting is done loudly, almost like kirtan. This has the highest mahima (glories), because by loudly chanting or doing kirtan even the beasts, birds and animals are benefited.
2. Vachasik - in which the chanting is done in a conversational tone, like when a person speaks to someone over the phone. In this method of chanting the person hears his own voice and benefits only himself. So this method is of medium mahima.
3. Manasik - in which chanting is done in the mind, like when we memorize a passage, sometimes silently forming the words with our lips but making no sound. This is the fastest way to chant (doing japa), but because of mentally uttering the words at high speed there is sometimes a possibility of making mistakes in pronouncing or forming the names that comprise the Mahamantra. This method has the least mahima but enables a person to complete his rounds faster, in a much shorter time.
Taking a humble position, Guruji says that he does mansik japa because he is unable to do the other two kinds of chanting both of which he praises.
English translation by Sanatan das (Delhi).