Hare Krsna my dear devotees. I hope your holidays have been blessed with many devotees association, devotional service, bhajans, kirtans and the concentrated chanting of the holy names. For a devotee this is happiness, once I heard a devotee saying that for a vaisnava he can live with some prasadam his beads and the Bhagavad Gita, thats a wonderful combination, sometimes we ask so much for the Lord but actually we don't need much to be happy. Our mind leads us to material enjoyment and always distract us to do what we actually dont need and its not the desire of the soul but the body, thats why we get frustrated sometimes, because we listen to our minds. But by practicing devotional service and the offenseless chanting we are able to be beyond this plataform. Maybe you have already read this quote from Mahanidhi Swami – The Art Of Chanting Hare Krsna book, but I am going to bring it again, because it helped me a lot to understand some things.
The Harinama Cintamani states in one topic that I brought today…topic number two: "Liberation from the effects of Kali Yuga and material consciousness" is one of the things a namabhasa stage devotee attain and is very very helpful for our chanting. Sometimes when we chant one of the the things that most disturb us are our thoughts, material desires, the mind that wants to control us with so many tricks. In the end our main desire is to be peaceful, chanting and feeling bliss, so when we know that achieving a certain stage in chanting we won't need to worry about these thoughts, knowing that they will be replaced by the Lord's pastimes, because our hearts will be connected to our thoughts and chanting will just bring us bliss and nectar in every sound.