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1.Who is more beneficial to the world, those who perform bhajana in a solitary place or those who preach the holy name of Hari?


A preacher of the holy name, following the example of saintly persons, is more beneficial to the world than devotees who neglect the preaching work by becoming absorbed in the bliss of their own bhajana according to their inclination.(Sajjana-tosani 4/2)


2.Who is qualified to preach?


Only devotees who possess full knowledge of pure devotional service and who relish the mellows of offenseless chanting of the Lord's holy names are qualified to preach.(Sajjana-tosani 10/11)


3.Can anyone become a preacher if he is an expert speaker?


The responsibility of preaching is better entrusted to those who are engaged in performing bhajana. Simply being an expert speaker does not qualify one to preach the teachings of Gaurariga. {Sajjana-tosani 10/11)


4.Is it necessary for a preacher to know the science of offenses against the chanting of the holy name?


The preacher should certainly know the offenses against the chanting of the Lord's holy name. If they know this, they will become qualified preachers of the holy name. In the course of preaching the holy names, they should instruct everyone to always remain careful to avoid committing offenses against the chanting of the holy name. Otherwise, the preachers will themselves become offenders to the holy name.(Sajjana-tosanl 10/11)


5.What does one require for pure preaching work?


To preach purely, one should first chant the Lord's holy name in a pure systematic way; second, one should maintain one's purity; and third, the audience should be pure. To chant the Lord's holy name in a pure systematic way means that the holy names should be indicative of the Lord's pastimes and very free from fruitive activities and mental speculation.

{Visnupriyd Palll Magazine Vol. 1)


6.Why does a preacher need to be exemplary?


When saintly people follow religious principles, this is called acara, proper code of conduct. To preach those religious principles to other living entities in the world is called pracara, preaching. If one wants to engage in the activities of acara or pracara, one should first learn the saintly person's code of conduct. Some people, after learning, begin to preach even before they themselves follow. Hence, they yield insufficient results. If one does not personally follow the religious principles but preaches to others, he creates a great deal of disturbance in the world.

(Sajjana-tosanl 4/2)


7.Can the smdrtas become preachers of devotional service?


Some people do not practice pure devotional service themselves; rather they follow the doctrine of the smdrtas, which is based on karma-kdnda. The science of devotional service that they instruct is totally opposed to all the scriptures. To preach, first one should follow. (Sajjana-tosani 4/2)


8.Why is it necessary for a preacher to become pure?


For preachers to become pure is extremely necessary. Singing the holy names is found everywhere, but when we go to hear them, we feel extremely sorry to see the impurity of the singers. Either they are chanting the holy names to stop the spread of disease in the village or they are chanting the holy names out of fear of Yamaraja. Such chanting, which comes from a heart that is polluted by thirst for liberation and material enjoyment, is the perverted reflection of the holy names. To achieve eternal auspiciousness by such chanting is impossible. If the shopkeepers and vendors give up such desires, they can preach the pure holy names. If, however, they chant the holy names with a desire to either accumulate money, or name and fame, the very purpose of opening the marketplace for distributing the Lord's holy names will not be fulfilled. (Visnupriyd Palli Magazine Vol. 2)


9.Are pure preachers responsible for the result of their preaching when their preaching is pervertedly reflected in the living entities who are inclined toward material enjoyment?


The reformers, out of their universal love and anxiety for good work, endeavor by some means or other to make the thoughtless drink the cup of salvation, but the latter drink it with wine and fall to the ground under the influence of intoxication, for imagination has the power of making a thing what it never was. Thus, it is that the evils of nunneries and the corruptions to Akharas proceeded. No, we are not to scandalize the Savior of Jerusalem or the Savior of Nadia for these subsequent evils. Luthers, instead of critics, are what we want for the correction of those evils by the true interpretation of the original precepts.

(The Bhagavat: Its Philosophy, Its Ethics & Its Theology)