18 One must become a servant of the holy name
Nov22

18 One must become a servant of the holy name

One must become the servant of the holy name: In the spiritual world the Absolute is always absolute; the name, form, quality and pastimes of the Absolute are all as good as the Absolute Himself. As such, one is understood to be an eternal servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead if he considers himself an eternal servant of the holy name and in this spirit distributes the holy name to the world. One who chants in that spirit,...

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08 The holy name cleanses the heart and frees one from material contamination
Nov19

08 The holy name cleanses the heart and frees one from material contamination

The holy name cleanses the mirror of the heart: [Lord Caitanya to Svarupa Damodara and Ramananda Raya]:¯ "Let there be all victory for the chanting of the holy name of Lord Krsna, which can cleanse the mirror of the heart and stop the miseries of the blazing flre of material existence…" – Sri Caitanya caritamrta Antya lila 20.12 One is purified by hearing the holy name of the Lord: [Durvasa Muni to King...

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02 Offensive chanting of the holy name
Nov18

02 Offensive chanting of the holy name

The ten offenses against the holy name: There are offenses to be considered while chanting the Hare Krsna mantra. Therefore simply by chanting Hare Krsna one does not become ecstatic. There are ten offenses to avoid in chanting the Hare Krsna maha mantra. The first offense is to blaspheme great personalities who are engaged in distributing the holy name of the Lord. It is said in the sastra (Sri Caitanya−caritamrta Antya lila...

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17 The holy name invokes an attitude of service to the Lord
Nov17

17 The holy name invokes an attitude of service to the Lord

The test of successful chanting is eagerness to render service to the Lord: [Muhammadan governor to Lord Caitanya]: The Muhammadan governor then said, "Since you have so kindly accepted me, please give me some order so that I can render You some service." The Muhammadan governor then prayed for liberation from the unlimited sinful actirities he had previously incurred by being envious of brahmanas and...

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05 The chanting of a pure devotee is especially effective
Nov16

05 The chanting of a pure devotee is especially effective

The chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra should be heard from the lips of a pure devotee of the Lord: When the mantra is chanted by a pure devotee of the Lord in love, it has the greatest efficacy on hearers, and as such this chanting should be heard from the lips of a pure devotee of the Lord, so that immediate effects can be achieved. – The Science of Self Realization Chanting of the holy names by pure devotees is very attractive...

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