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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02 Qualifications and disqualifications for understanding and chanting the holy name
May13

02 Qualifications and disqualifications for understanding and chanting the holy name

Only the devotee can understand the transcendental nature of Krsna's name: [The demigods to Lord Krsna in the womb of DevaKi]: O Lord, Your transcendental name and form are not ascertained by those who merely speculate on the path of imagination. Your name, form and attributes can be ascertained only through devotional service. As stated in the Padma Purana: atah sri−Krsna−namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih7 sevonmuKhe...

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03 Nama diksa, Brahminical Initiation, and the Holy Name
May09

03 Nama diksa, Brahminical Initiation, and the Holy Name

Sincere eagerness to chant the holy name is the main qualification to be initiated according to the pancaratrika process: The following injunction is given in the Hari−bhakti−vilasa (1.194): tantrikesu ca mant diksayam yositam api sadhvinam adhikaro 'sti sudradinam ca sad−dhiyam "Sudras and women who are chaste and sincerely interested in understanding the Absolute Truth are qualified to be initiated with...

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11 Great souls chant the holy name
May07

11 Great souls chant the holy name

A real mahatma is always engaged in chanting the glories of Krsna, praising His holy name: [Lord Krsna to Arjuna]: Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.The mahatma cannot be manufactured by rubber stamping an ordinary man. His symptoms are described here: a mahatma is always engaged in chanting the glories of the Supreme...

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