Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare



Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chanting Haribolo (Part 2)

It was really spiritually uplifting when Darren (see the previous post) always chants Haribolo each time I chanted to him.

Now I decided to try this on another student. I started saying Haribolo to Jason some time back. Each time I chant Haribolo, he reciprocates. And the best part no matter how many times I chant Haribolo, Jason would repeat it.

The other day I was teaching his sister. And I was telling her (like all typical teacher does), "Do you understand?"

Jason who happened to be in the room said, "No I don't understand. I only understand Haribolo."

Of course I was a bit taken aback. But not entirely shocked. Somehow an impression has been made into this little boy's heart. And I did not even chant Haribolo to him first. This time he initiated it.

The Lord's name is truly great.

(O yes, his sister just laughed at her brother Jason. And she chanted Haribolo as well)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Chanting Haribolo Part 1

There are times when I try to think of ways to somehow get my students to chant the holy names. One sure way to get them all ears is to tell them ghost stories.
But this is no ordinary ghost story. It involves Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, who was a little boy at that time. It's the story of the temple ghost, where Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur chanted the whole night and delivered the ghost at the abandoned temple.
This is how I got Darren, my 9 year old student to chant, "Haribolo!"
At first I told him to raise both his arms and jump while chanting "Haribolo!"
He did just that.
So now, each time I chant "Haribolo!" Darren would also jump with upraised arms and chant "Haribolo!!"
Sometimes even "Radhe Radhe!"
The power of the holy name is simply unimaginable. Darren has no Indian or Vedic cultural background. He is an innocent child that simply listened to his teacher to chant. Most importantly without questioning.


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