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Title: 06 Smritis - Vayu Purana
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-10 18:37:10
In the Vayu Purana, the Lord Himself states:
kalau nashta-drisam esha, mat-padyarka udeshyati.
“For they who have become blinded by the influence of Kali-yuga, a verse with My own Holy Names will rise like a glorious sun. This verse is:
hare krishna hare krishna, krishna krishna hare hare;
hare rama hare rama, rama rama hare hare.
sakrid dvis trir yatha-sakti, yavaj jivam athapi va;
vyaharan svapaco ’pi syan, mama bhakto na samsayah.
“Everyone should chant this maha-mantra again and again, either once, twice, thrice or as many times as possible during the day and night, for as long as one lives. By chanting this mantra even the most sinful person or even a dog-eater will immediately become My devotee. Of this there is no doubt.”
Purport by Swami Gaurangapada:
According to the Vayu Purana, the Hare Krishna maha-mantra is the all-effulgent and glorious sun which has risen to destroy the dense darkness of the age of Kali. If one has a chance to directly illuminate his heart from the rays of the light from this sun (maha-mantra), then why should one go and try to light some candles in the form of other mantras which are less powerful. Please note that the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra even once, twice, thrice or 108 times (1 mala) daily is an effective and powerful way to counteract the ill-effects of Kali-yuga. It is prescribed though that serious aspirants should begin chanting the maha-mantra in a quota of atleast 4 rounds (on a rosary of 108 beads) everyday for getting the desired effect. The chanting should then be increased to 16 rounds daily and then gradually to 32 and then one should achieve the 64-round (100,000 name) standard, which will ensure irreversible perfection to the chanter. Though the maha-mantra should be chanted always, but according to the scriptures, a daily discipline of some fixed amount of chanting (which should keep on increasing as explained above) is very critical and important for gradually raising oneself to the platform of constant chanting. Without discipline, one cannot become a disciple in spiritual life. (Purport ends)