Answer by: Niraj Bidawatka
Meditation means to think and concentrate on some particular thing. The capitalists are meditating on money, the licentious or lustful persons are meditating on the opposite sex and the drunkards are always meditating on where and when will they get liquor. Similarly those who want to attain the spiritual kingdom are meditating upon God.
For the present age the best type of meditation is the chanting of the holy names. kalau tad hari kirtanaad. In the present age of Kaliyuga, which is full of chaos and disturbances, it is not possible to concentrate on the Supreme Lord by sitting in a meditative posture with a straight back and with the eyes concentrated at the tip of the nose. Therefore the authoritative scriptures and spiritual masters have prescribed the chanting of Krishna’s holy name as the best form of meditation.
The chanting of the holy name helps one to concentrate and remember Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore it is the best type of meditation. It is easy to perform, its results are permanent and there are no costs involved. One can chant anywhere and everywhere. You can chant while travelling, while eating, while working in your office, while taking your morning walk, while doing anything.
In the image above, you can see that the devotees are chanting on the streets and everyone who is passing by is also getting the benefit of meditation because when they hear the holy name, the passers-by also immediately remember Krishna, or God. You will find herein above that all parties – the devotees as well as the onlookers – have become blissful due to the chanting of the holy name of Krishna.
So there is no difference between chanting and meditation. In fact chanting is the best type of meditation.