06 One should not hear the holy name from a nondevotee
Jan30

06 One should not hear the holy name from a nondevotee

One must not hear the holy name chanted by non Vaisnavas: Srila Sanatana Gosvami has forbidden us to hear the holy name of Krsna chanted by non−Vaisnavas, such as professional actors and singers, for it will have no effect. It is like milk touched by the lips of a serpent, as stated in the Padma Purana: avaisnava−mukhodgirnam putam hari−kathamrtam sravanam naiva kartavyam sarpocchistam yatha payah – Sri...

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22 A neophyte devotee should not retire to a secluded place to chant
Jan07

22 A neophyte devotee should not retire to a secluded place to chant

Sitting in a solitary place to chant the Hare Krsna maha mantra is not recommended for neophytes: [Lord Caitanya to Kasi Misra]: "Please give that room to Me, for I have need for it. Indeed, I shall remember the lotus feet of the Lord sitting in that solitary place." This statement of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is significant. Nibhrte vasiya tahan kariba smarana: "I shall sit down there in that solitary place and remember...

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17 One must have faith in the holy name
Jan06

17 One must have faith in the holy name

A madhyama adhikari has firm faith in chanting the Hare Krsna mantra: While giving instructions to Sanatana Gosvami, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu divided devotional service into three categories. sastra−yukti nahi jane drdha, sraddhavan 'madhyama adhikari' sei maha−bhagyavan "A person whose conclusive knowledge of the sastras is not very strong but who has developed firm faith in chanting the Hare Krsna...

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26 Other instructions on the practice of the holy name
Jan05

26 Other instructions on the practice of the holy name

On Ekadasi day, one should increase one's chanting of Hare Krsna: However, one should generally accept the following principles to properly execute devotional service: (1) take shelter of a bona fide spiritual master, (2) receive initiation from the spiritual master, (3) serve the spiritual master, (4) inquire and learn love from the spiritual master, (5) follow in the footsteps of holy persons devoted to the transcendental loving...

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21 Householders can conduct chanting at home
Jan04

21 Householders can conduct chanting at home

Even householders can achieve perfection by chanting the Hare Krsna mantra: [Narada Muni to King Yudhisthira]: The process of chanting the holy name of the Lord is so powerful that by this chanting even householders [grhasthas] can very easily gain the ultimate result achieved by persons in the renounced order. Maharaja Yudhisthira, I have now explained to you that process of religion. This is a confirmation of the Krsna consciousness...

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20 The pure brahmacari engages fully in the chanting of the holy name
Jan03

20 The pure brahmacari engages fully in the chanting of the holy name

The pure brahmacari engages fully in harer namanukirtanam: [Lord Krsna]: Some of them sacrifice the hearing process and the senses in the fire of the controlled mind, and others sacrifice the objects of the senses, such as sound, in the fire of sacrifice. The brahmacaris, or students under the care of a bona fide spiritual master, control the mind by abstaining from sense gratification. They are referred to in this verse as...

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