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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10 One who realizes that the lord and his name are identical is a pure devotee and should be respected
May05

10 One who realizes that the lord and his name are identical is a pure devotee and should be respected

A devotee who believes that the holy name is identical with the Lord is a pure devotee: A devotee who believes that the holy name of the Lord is identical with the Lord is a pure devotee, even though he may be in the neophyte stage. By his association, others may also become Vaisnavas. – Sri Caitanya caritamrta Madhya lila 15.106 One who has realized that the Lord and His name are identical should be very much respected: The...

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08 One chants the holy name due to devotional service performed in previous lives
Jan31
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07 Even if one cannot read or understand the scriptures, he can attain perfection through chanting
Jan28

07 Even if one cannot read or understand the scriptures, he can attain perfection through chanting

Even if one is illiterate (and thus cannot read Bhagavad gita and Srimad Bhagavatam) he can still perfect his life simply by chanting the maha mantra: A realized student of Krsna consciousness can very easily say what his next life is, what God is, what the living entity is and what his relationship with God is. His knowledge is perfect because it is coming from perfect books of knowledge such as Bhagavad gita and Srimad Bhagavatam....

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