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Question: How can we develop concentration while chanting for beginners because initially it takes a lot of time to concentrate on chanting.

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Jayapataka Swami: You see chanting 16 rounds should not take more than two hours, 7.5 min per round and with some practice, maybe you can chant a round in about, 6 min. It doesn’t take considering the 24 hours. It is just two hours max out of 24. So it is not so much to ask for! This morning I was thinking how Srila Bhaktisiddanta Saraswati Thakur said that his pujaris and those in the temple should chant a lakh names a day. That is 64 rounds. Not 16. 64! But then he said for those who go for preaching and book distribution, they could chant 16 rounds. And so Srila Prabhupada tried to have devotees to chant more in ISKCON, but he said we should chant 16 and preach. Basically that is following the advice of Srila Bhaktisiddanta Saraswati Prabhupada Thakur.