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Title: 02 Brihan naradiya Purana
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-10 19:18:46
The Brihan-naradiya Purana (38.126) states:
harer nama harer nama, harer namaiva kevalam;
kalau nasty eva nasty eva, nasty eva gatir anyatha.
“For spiritual progress in this Age of Kali which is full of quarrel and hypocrisy, there is no alternative, there is no alternative, there is no alternative to the holy name, the holy name, the holy name of the Lord.”
Purport by Swami Gaurangapada:
This verse is furthur explained in Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita, Adi-lila 17.22-26 & translated by Shrila Prabhupada as follows:
kali-kale nama-rupe krishna-avatara; nama haite haya sarva-jagat-nistara.
“In this Age of Kali, the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, is the incarnation of Lord Krishna. Simply by chanting the holy name, one associates with the Lord directly. Anyone who does this is certainly delivered.
dardhya lagi’ ‘harer nama’-ukti tina-vara; jada loka bujhaite punah ‘eva’-kara.
“This verse repeats the word ‘eva’ three times for emphasis, and it also three times repeats ‘harer nama’ , just to make common people understand.
‘kevala’-sabde punarapi niscaya-karana, jnana-yoga-tapa-karma-adi nivarana.
“The use of the word ‘kevala’ prohibits all other processes, such as the cultivation of knowledge, practice of mystic yoga, or performance of austerities and fruitive activities.
anyatha ye mane, tara nahika nistara nahi, nahi, nahi——e tina ‘eva’-kara
“This verse clearly states that anyone who accepts any other path (other than the chanting of Hare Krishna) cannot be delivered. This is the reason for the triple repetition ‘nothing else, nothing else, nothing else,’ which emphasizes the real process of self-realization.” (Purport ends)