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Chapter 7 Chanting the Holy Name is for Everyone


Chanting is not possible in the company of non devotees


One cannot chant the holy name of Lord Krishna purely in the company of non devotees. The sound and syllables of the name may be uttered, but that is not real chanting.

Chanting of this nature is at best the clearing stage or namabhasa. It is always mixed with offenses to the holy name. This chanting is a detriment to spiritual progress and cannot be considered as pure devotional service.


The Proper Method of chanting


If you want to chant Lord Krishna's holy name purely, then earnestly seek the company of pure devotees of the Supreme Lord, Shri Krishna. Reject all the unwanted desires for sense enjoyment, liberation, mystic powers, and other material desires.

Avoid the ten offenses against the holy name of the Lord and become free from the dualities of honour and dishonour. This material world is meant to be utilised in the service of the Lord. Render service without attachment for material things and chant the holy name of Lord Krishna constantly.

Accept everything that is favourable for executing devotional service and reject everything that is unfavourable. Do not endeavour for mundane speculative knowledge, fruitive activities and mystic yoga. False renunciation is 'monkey renunciation', which only aims at bodily pleasure and comforts. Bear in mind that Lord Krishna always protects and maintains everyone. Humbly surrender your life and soul to the lotus feet of the Lord, and, in that way, rid yourself of unwanted material desires.

The Supreme Lord Krishna knows that it is very difficult for the living entities to find the association of real saintly persons, so He has now come to Nadia as a pure devotee of the Lord. Therefore, all who are endowed with proper intelligence should take shelter of Lord Gauranga's lotus feet, because Lord Gauranga is the perfect saint and spiritual master.





The duties of a renunciant


My dear brother, you are in the renounced order of life and should not listen to mundane prattles nor should you engage in materialistic discussions when you meet one another.

Do not think of women even in dreams. You have accepted the renounced order of life with a vow that forbids associating with women. If you wish to associate with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, you must always remember the incident of Chota Haridasa and how he was rejected by the Lord.

Do not eat rich palatable dishes or dress in fineries. Always remain humble and serve their Lordships Shri Shri Radha-Krishna in your heart of hearts.

Chant Lord Krishna's name incessantly like Thakura Haridasa and meditate on the pastimes of Shri Shri Radha and Krishna in the shady bowers of Vrndavana day and night.


Instructions to the householder and the renunciant


Lord Gauranga instructed both the householder and the renunciant: "O brothers! Take care that not a moment passes without chanting the holy name of Lord Krishna." Many rules and spiritual practices are not necessary for advancement in devotional service. Simply take complete shelter of the holy name and purify your heart and consciousness.

The Supreme Lord Krishna descended to this material world in the form of His holy name out of compassion for the conditioned souls. And now to show special mercy to the living entities of Kali-yuga, Lord Krishna has advented as Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Serve the dear associates of Lord Chaitanya with a sincere and innocent heart. You will certainly receive the shelter of Lord Krishna's lotus feet.

Seek the association of Lord Gauranga's devotees and chant the glories of Lord Gauranga. Chant the maha-mantra Hare Krishna and dance in ecstasy. Very soon you will be favoured by the most treasured object: love of Godhead! Only to freely distribute this priceless treasure the Supreme Lord has appeared in Nadia.

I, the argumentative Jagai, am Lord Gauranga's servant. I request and pray to the devotees with tears in my eyes, to please take shelter of the holy name and chant constantly.