22 The holy name benefits even lower species of life
Jul08

22 The holy name benefits even lower species of life

All living entities, moving and nonmoving, were liberated by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's loud chanting of the holy name: [Lord Caitanya to Haridasa thakura]: "On this earth there are many living entities," the Lord said, "some moving and some not moving. What will happen to the trees, plants, insects and other living entities? How will they be delivered from material bondage?" Haridasa thakura...

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18 Chanting of the holy name is the most important element of devotional service
Jul07

18 Chanting of the holy name is the most important element of devotional service

The most important item in the execution of devotional service is the chanting of the holy name: Then the Bhattacarya asked Caitanya Mahaprabhu: "Which item is the most important in the execution of devotional service?" The Lord replied that the most important item was the chanting of the holy name of the Lord. There are nine items to be executed in devotional service. These are enumerated in the following verse from...

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09 Lord Caitanya introduced the maha mantra to counteract the philosophy of impersonalism
Jul06

09 Lord Caitanya introduced the maha mantra to counteract the philosophy of impersonalism

Lord Caitanya introduced the maha−mantra to counteract the philosophy of impersonalism: [Lord Caitanya to Prakasananda Sarasvati]: "The Mayavada philosophy is so degraded that it has taken the insignificant living entities to be the Lord, the Supreme Truth, thus covering the glory and supremacy of the Absolute Truth with monism." Sripada Sankaracarya purposely claimed the jiva−tattva, or living...

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16 Chanting of the holy name is the easiest means for spiritual advancement
Jul05

16 Chanting of the holy name is the easiest means for spiritual advancement

Chanting Hare Krsna is the easiest means of self realization: Krsna says that out of many thousands of people, one may try to make perfection of this life; and out of many millions of such persons on the path of perfection, only one may understand Krsna. So understanding Krsna is not very easy. But it is also the easiest. It is not easy, but at the same time it is the easiest. It is the easiest if you follow the...

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06 In this age, chanting of the holy name is the supreme form of yoga
Jul03

06 In this age, chanting of the holy name is the supreme form of yoga

The chanting of the maha−mantra is the most practical form of yoga in the present age: The breathing exercises and meditational practices of yoga are very difficult in this age. They were difficult even five thousand years ago, or else Arjuna would not have rejected the proposal of Krsna. This age of Kali is called a fallen age. At the present moment, people in general are short−living and very slow in...

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08 Chanting versus other spiritual practices (other than Yajna, Yoga, and Austerity)
Jul02

08 Chanting versus other spiritual practices (other than Yajna, Yoga, and Austerity)

Although there are other bona fide processes of spiritual realization, no other process is as effective in this age as the constant chanting of the maha−mantra: We have to accept everything favorable to the circumstances. Rejection of other methods in a particular circumstance does not mean that the rejected ones are not bona fide. But for the time being, taking into consideration the age, time, and object, methods are...

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