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My respectful pranam to Srila Gurudeva,
Q. Kindly advise me whether the Hare Krishna Mahamantra Japa should be done through mind or mouth. Also how many mala I can start with.
With respectful obeisances,
A. The Hare Krishna mahamantra is meant to be audibly chanted. Each syllable should be distinctly chanted and heard. This clear chanting will facilitate the mind’s being 100% absorbed in this ultimate of all mantras.
Some devotees, myself included, starting chanting 16 rounds of Hare Krishna japa mala from day one. This is the ideal standard, if you can do this. If not, you can do some number of rounds less than 16 and increase up to 16 or more as soon as it is possible.
Sankarshan Das Adhikari