05 Relative importance of chanting and deity worship
Jun12

05 Relative importance of chanting and deity worship

In Kali−yuga, chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra is more powerful than Deity worship: As it is said in Srimad−Bhagawtam (12.3.52): krte yad dhyayato vi tretayam yajato makhaih dvapare paricaryayam kalau tad dhari−kirtanat "Whatever result one obtained in Satya−yuga by meditating on Visnu, in Treta−yuga by performing sacrifices and in Dvapara−yuga by serving the Lord's lotus feet one can also...

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06 The interrelationship between chanting and studying scripture
Jun01

06 The interrelationship between chanting and studying scripture

By becoming purified by chanting the Hare Krsna mantra, the general mass of people can come to understand Bhagavad gita and Srimad Bhagavatam: Saintly people like Jada Bharata do not speak ordinary words. Whatever they say is approved by great yogis and those advanced in spiritual life. That is the difference between ordinary people and saintly people. The listener must also be advanced to understand the words of such exalted,...

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13 To preach effectively, one must chant the holy name
May26

13 To preach effectively, one must chant the holy name

In order to have potency to preach, the preachers of the Krsna consciousness movement should become purified by chanting the holy name: Our preachers who are preaching Krsna consciousness all over the world should follow in the footsteps of Narada Muni and become purified by following the four principles and chanting the Hare Krsna maha−mantra. This will make them fit to become Vaisnavas. Then, when they speak to sinful people...

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16 Other instructions
May24

16 Other instructions

The Lord as nama−dheya, one whose holy name is worth chanting: [Gajendra to Lord Visnu]: "All are purified simply by hearing Your holy name, which is worthy to be chanted." The holy name of the Lord and topics in relation with Him are always worth hearing, and therefore He is called here in this verse nama−dheya, or one whose holy name is worth chanting. – Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.15 One who has taken to...

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04 Relative importance of chanting and initiation
May18

04 Relative importance of chanting and initiation

The chanting of the holy name does not depend upon initiation: [Lord Caitanya to Satyaraja]: "One does not have to undergo initiation or execute the activities required before initiation. One simply has to vibrate the holy name with his lips. Thus even a man in the lowest class [candala] can be delivered." In the Ramarcana−candrika it is stated: vinaiva diksam viprendra purascaryam vinaiva hi vinaiva...

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12 Our misfortune: No attachment for chanting
May17

12 Our misfortune: No attachment for chanting

It is our misfortune that although Krsna makes Himself so available through His name, we have no attachment for chanting: The Krsna consciousness movement is giving all facilities so that people may come here, chant, dance, live very peacefully, take krsna−prasada, and be happy, but people will not accept it. That is called misfortune. Caitanya Mahaprabhu, portraying the people of this age, therefore said, "I am so...

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