For some reason, I stumbled upon, there is no such thing as an accident, the notion that I wasn’t counting my beads properly.

My chanting was taking longer than usual yet my enunciation of the mantra was the same.

I was inspired to focus on moving the beads on every first Rāma so that the next mantra would start on the approching bead. That seemed to speed things up a bit. I then pulled up the timer on my watch to measure the time taken for one round.

Have a guess what?

If I averaged my rounds on the total amount of time to chant sixteen rounds, I was chanting a round every 9-10 minutes. I noticed this about four or five months ago.

Tonight, focusing on moving to the hext bead, on the first Rāma, ensuring I start the next mantra with Hare Kṛṣṇa on the new bead, got me to between 7:10 and 7:25 minutes per round.

My usual average best is 7:30 per round.

That’s actually an improvement.

I have to stop being a spaceman and focus. Listen to the sound of each mantra and move those beads with attention.

ānandāmbudhi-vardhanaṁ prati-padaṁ pūrṇāmṛtāsvādanaṁ

ānanda-ambudhi–the ocean of bliss; vardhanam–increasing; prati-padam–at every step; pūrṇa-amṛta–the full nectar; āsvādanam–giving a relishable taste.

It increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.

[25. Song, Prayer, and Verse Books / Songs of the Vaiṣṇava Ācāryas, with word-for-word meanings & Audio / SVA 1: Standard Prayers / SVA 1: Śrī Śrī Śikṣāṣṭaka (ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaṁ) / Text One / sarvātma-snapanaṁ paraṁ vijayate śrī-kṛṣṇa-saṇkīrtanam]

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This is a tip from a camera pro who’s a really nice guy with a sense of humour that I can relate to. If you want professonal results from items you can purchase at your online camera store this is for you.

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Diarium iOS share to JetPack

Beautiful sunset on Monday.

Checked out some WordPress auto posting plugins today.

Nelio looks like it is worth a try.
1. auto posts to many social media sites including all those I use
2. has a scheduler that can be used by more than one person
3. has a content checker to gauge the quality of a post
4. is cheaper than others I’ve researched

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What kind of protection?

This was the first input from the interwebs for me this morning. A great start to the day.

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Webb Dock Japa Walk

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Ouch! Stay at home. Stay safe.

The ABC understands 723 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed overnight.

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Diarium iOS to WordPress test

Today I went for a ride.

This is going to look familiar.

Same shot, same app, different operating system.

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Strava Android to WordPress test

Very calm evening in Melbourne tonight.

Looking west down the Yarra towards the sunset. 🌇
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Diarium Android to WordPress Test

Looking up the Yarra towards the east.

Today I went for a ride with Śrī Caitanya.

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We’ve got to get out of this place!

“Just as materialists engage their minds in reading newspapers, magazines and so many materialistic literatures, we must transfer our reading to these literatures which are given to us by Vyāsadeva; in that way it will be possible for us to remember the Supreme Lord at the time of death. That is the only way suggested by the Lord, and He guarantees the result: “There is no doubt.”

tasmāt sarveṣu kāleṣu
mām anusmara yudhya ca
mayy arpita-mano-buddhir
mām evaiṣyasy asaṁśayaḥ

“Therefore, Arjuna, you should always think of Me in the form of Kṛṣṇa and at the same time continue your prescribed duty of fighting. With your activities dedicated to Me and your mind and intelligence fixed on Me, you will attain Me without doubt.” (Bg. 8.7)”

— Bhagavad-gita As It Is by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swāmī Śrīla Prabhupāda

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