03 Offenseless chanting of the holy name
Jun10

03 Offenseless chanting of the holy name

General Instructions One should avoid offenses against the holy name: [Lord Caitanya to Sanatana Gosvami]:  "One should avoid offenses against devotional service and the holy name." The eleventh item is to avoid offenses when rendering devotional service and chanting the holy names. – Sri Caitanya caritamrta Madhya lila 22.117 Mechanical chanting is not as powerful as offenseless chanting: Mechanical chanting is...

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14 One must chant loudly enough to hear oneself
Jun08

14 One must chant loudly enough to hear oneself

The first regulative principle is that one must chant a fixed number of rounds, chanting loudly enough to hear oneself: [Lord Caitanya to Haridasa thakura]: "Now that you have become old," the Lord said, "you may reduce the number of rounds, you chant daily. You are already liberated, and therefore you need not follow the regulative principles very strictly." Unless one has come to the platform of spontaneous...

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09 Devotees must chant (at least) sixteen rounds daily
Jun07

09 Devotees must chant (at least) sixteen rounds daily

The first regulative principle is that one must chant a fixed number of rounds: [Lord Caitanya to Haridasa thakura]: "Now that you have become old," the Lord said, "you may reduce the number of rounds you chant daily. You are already liberated, and therefore you need not follow the regulative principles very strictly." Unless one has come to the platform of spontaneous love of God, he must follow the regulative...

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08 One must chant the holy name constantly
May31

08 One must chant the holy name constantly

The chief object of constant remembrance for all living entitles is the holy name (etc.) of the Lord: [Lord Caitanya to Ramananda Raya]: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu asked, "What should all living entities constantly remember?" Ramananda Raya replied, "The chief object of remembrance is always the holy name of the Lord, His qualities and pastimes." – Sri Caitanya caritamrta Madhya lila 8.252 Following the...

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10 One develops a taste for chanting by chanting
May25

10 One develops a taste for chanting by chanting

Chanting the holy name, which is nectarean and eternal, enthuses one to chant more and more: The sound of this material world and that of the spiritual world are completely different. The sound of the spiritual world is nectarean and eternal, whereas the sound of the material world is hackneyed and subject to end. The sound of the holy name Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare...

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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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