Big tennis stars and other people, they do this yogic exercises, it’s is very healthy. So, if they keep going, then they can gradually get up to platform of meditation. But actually, that process is especially for the materially absorbed mind of the conditional soul, who is fixed within this bodily conception of life, you see. But if somebody can understand that they’re not the body, at least philosophically if they can come to that conception then there’s no need of going through all the exercises, one can directly engage in meditation by chanting
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
In fact, because time is very short we don’t want to waste any time. We don’t want that we embark on a spiritual path which there is no guarantee at all for any success in this life. If one embarks on that ordinary hatha-yoga process, there is no guarantee one will be able to actually achieve God realization or anything close to it in this life. It’s a very gradual, slower process which was geared for a much longer time periods than what we have today. It was geared for the golden age Satya-yuga. In this present disturbed age, a special facility has been given by chanting.
H.H Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
26th Dec, 1982 SB class @ Atlanta,