13 One must distinctly pronounce the holy name
Nov30

13 One must distinctly pronounce the holy name

When chanting, one must very distinctly pronounce the maha mantra: Chanting involves the activities of the upper and lower lips as well as the tongue. All three must be engaged in chanting the Hare Krsna maha mantra. The words "Hare Krsna" should be very distinctly pronounced and heard. Sometimes one mechanically produces a hissing sound instead of chanting with the proper pronunciation with the help of the lips and tongue....

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12 Before chanting the Hare Krsna maha mantra, one should chant the Panca tattva maha mantra
Nov29

12 Before chanting the Hare Krsna maha mantra, one should chant the Panca tattva maha mantra

To chant the Hare Krsna maha mantra, one should first take shelter of the Pancatattva maha mantra: If one chants the exalted holy name of the Lord again and again and yet his love for the Supreme Lord does not develop and tears do not appear in his eyes, it is evident that because of his offenses in chanting, the seed of the holy name of Krsna does not sprout. But if one only chants, with some slight faith, the holy names of Lord...

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11 To be effective, chanting should be accompanied by the four regulative principles
Nov28

11 To be effective, chanting should be accompanied by the four regulative principles

The chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra will be effective if accompanied by the austerity of giving up the four sinful activities: [Sukadeva Gosvami to King Pariksit]: For a few months the sons of Prajapati Daksa drank only water and ate only air. Thus undergoing great austerities, they recited this mantra: "Let us offer our respectful obeisances unto Narayana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is always situated in His...

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01 The holy name should be propagated throughout the world
Nov27

01 The holy name should be propagated throughout the world

A devotee should not only chant the holy name, but should preach the chanting of the holy name to others: [isvara Puri to Lord Caitanya]: "My dear child, continue dancing, chanting and performing sankirtana in association with devotees. Furthermore, go out and preach the value of chanting krsna−nama, for by this process You will be able to deliver all fallen souls." It is another ambition of the spiritual master to see...

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25 Chanting at the time of death
Nov26

25 Chanting at the time of death

One should pray to the Lord to be able to chant His holy name at the time of death: [The priests at King Nabhi's sacrifice to Lord Visnu]: Dear Lord, we may not be able to remember Your name, form and qualities, due to stumbling, hunger, falling down, yawning or being in a miserable diseased condition at the time of death when there is a high fever. We therefore pray unto You, O Lord, for You are very affectionate to Your...

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