23 One should not concoct chants and mantras
Nov24

23 One should not concoct chants and mantras

One does not have to search for or concoct a name of God to chant. The sastras recommend particular names such as the Hare Krsna mantra: [Svayambhuva Manu said, in trance]: The entire cosmic manifestation is the body of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Absolute Truth, who has millions of names and unlimited potencies. He is self-effulgent, unborn and changeless. He is the beginning of everything, but He has no beginning....

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18 One must become a servant of the holy name
Nov22

18 One must become a servant of the holy name

One must become the servant of the holy name: In the spiritual world the Absolute is always absolute; the name, form, quality and pastimes of the Absolute are all as good as the Absolute Himself. As such, one is understood to be an eternal servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead if he considers himself an eternal servant of the holy name and in this spirit distributes the holy name to the world. One who chants in that spirit,...

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02 Offensive chanting of the holy name
Nov18

02 Offensive chanting of the holy name

The ten offenses against the holy name: There are offenses to be considered while chanting the Hare Krsna mantra. Therefore simply by chanting Hare Krsna one does not become ecstatic. There are ten offenses to avoid in chanting the Hare Krsna maha mantra. The first offense is to blaspheme great personalities who are engaged in distributing the holy name of the Lord. It is said in the sastra (Sri Caitanya−caritamrta Antya lila...

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05 The chanting of a pure devotee is especially effective
Nov16

05 The chanting of a pure devotee is especially effective

The chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra should be heard from the lips of a pure devotee of the Lord: When the mantra is chanted by a pure devotee of the Lord in love, it has the greatest efficacy on hearers, and as such this chanting should be heard from the lips of a pure devotee of the Lord, so that immediate effects can be achieved. – The Science of Self Realization Chanting of the holy names by pure devotees is very attractive...

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01 The three stages of chanting
Nov14

01 The three stages of chanting

The three stages of chanting the holy name: The simple process of offenselessly chanting and hearing the holy name of the Lord will gradually promote one very soon to the stage of emancipation. There are three stages in chanting the holy name of the Lord. The first stage is the offensive chanting of the holy name, and the second is the reflective stage of chanting the holy name. The third stage is the offenseless chanting of the holy...

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04 One must receive the holy name from proper spiritual authorities
Nov14

04 One must receive the holy name from proper spiritual authorities

The holy name must be received from spiritual sources: One has to learn about the beauty and transcendental position of the holy name of the Lord by hearing the revealed scriptures from the mouths of devotees. Nowhere else can we hear of the sweetness of the Lord's holy name. It is said in the Padma Purana, atah sri−krsna−namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih sevonmukhe hi jihvadau svayam eva sphuraty adah...

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