Rate how your japa has been in the recent past on a scale of 1 to 10.
Consider what you can do to improve, and start to implement these ideas. Regularly monitor the quality of your japa by considering what is going well, what isn’t going well, and how you can improve.
Little improvements over time amount to major progress.
Without making a regular effort to improve, our japa can easily lapse into mediocre state. If we are not trying to regularly improve, it can easily get worse.
The difference between offensive chanting and the clearing stage is the effort you make to improve. When you make your best effort, you are at least on the clearing stage.