one time one mataji in Mayapur was telling Prabhupada, “I don’t want to do any more service, I want to just chant. Just chant. Prabhupad said, Just chant? Chanting is not “just chanting.” Chanting is the topmost of all our activities. Haridas Thakura, he was perfect simply by chanting, you see. But you can just chant, you can simply chant, you can stay here and you sleep two to four hours a day, and you chant the rest of the whole time and you eat once a day. That is why I made temple in Mayapur and Vrndavan. If someone wants to simply chant let them come to the holy dham. Not that you chant in New York city or someplace else. You chant in the holy dham and you don’t eat… only once a day and you reduce your sleep and you chant the whole time. Then Prabhupad laughed and said, “You cannot do it. You will chant for two hours and then will go to sleep. Therefore I have given you so much service.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1982, Dec, 15 SB @ Honolulu, Hawaii.