03 Offenseless chanting of the holy name
May23

03 Offenseless chanting of the holy name

General Instructions One should avoid offenses against the holy name: [Lord Caitanya to Sanatana Gosvami]:  "One should avoid offenses against devotional service and the holy name." The eleventh item is to avoid offenses when rendering devotional service and chanting the holy names. – Sri Caitanya caritamrta Madhya lila 22.117 Mechanical chanting is not as powerful as offenseless chanting: Mechanical chanting is...

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14 One must chant loudly enough to hear oneself
May22

14 One must chant loudly enough to hear oneself

The first regulative principle is that one must chant a fixed number of rounds, chanting loudly enough to hear oneself: [Lord Caitanya to Haridasa thakura]: "Now that you have become old," the Lord said, "you may reduce the number of rounds, you chant daily. You are already liberated, and therefore you need not follow the regulative principles very strictly." Unless one has come to the platform of spontaneous...

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09 Devotees must chant (at least) sixteen rounds daily
May20

09 Devotees must chant (at least) sixteen rounds daily

The first regulative principle is that one must chant a fixed number of rounds: [Lord Caitanya to Haridasa thakura]: "Now that you have become old," the Lord said, "you may reduce the number of rounds you chant daily. You are already liberated, and therefore you need not follow the regulative principles very strictly." Unless one has come to the platform of spontaneous love of God, he must follow the regulative...

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06 One should not hear the holy name from a nondevotee
Mar09

06 One should not hear the holy name from a nondevotee

One must not hear the holy name chanted by non Vaisnavas: Srila Sanatana Gosvami has forbidden us to hear the holy name of Krsna chanted by non−Vaisnavas, such as professional actors and singers, for it will have no effect. It is like milk touched by the lips of a serpent, as stated in the Padma Purana: avaisnava−mukhodgirnam putam hari−kathamrtam sravanam naiva kartavyam sarpocchistam yatha payah – Sri...

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07 Where and When one should chant
Jan03

07 Where and When one should chant

One can chant anywhere and anytime The Lord's holy name must be heard, glorified, and remembered always and everywhere: [Sukadeva Gosvami to King Pariksit]: O King, it is therefore essential that every human being hear about, glorify and remember the Supreme Lord, the Personality of Godhead, always and everywhere. All the great acaryas, like Ramanuja, Madhva, Caitanya, Sarasvati thakura or even, in other countries, Muhammad,...

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16 One must chant with respect and veneration
Nov30

16 One must chant with respect and veneration

Knowing that Sri Krsna is present in His name, pure devotees chant with full respect and veneration: Devotees of the Personality of Godhead know that Sri Krsna son of the King of Vraja, is the Absolute Truth. They do not discriminate between Sri Krsna's name, form, quality and pastimes. One who wants to separate the Lord's absolute name, form and qualities must be understood to be lacking in absolute knowledge. A pure devotee...

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