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Title: 08 Chaitanya Charitamrta
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-10 20:40:29
In Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita Antya-lila 20.18, Lord Chaitanya declares:
khaite suite yatha tatha nama laya;
kala-desa-niyama nahi, sarva siddhi haya.
“Regardless of time or place or any rules and regulations, one who chants the Hare Krshna maha-mantra continuously, even while eating or sleeping, attains all perfection.”
In Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita Antya-lila 3.137, Namacarya Haridasa Thakura instructs the converted prostitute:
nirantara nama lao, kara tulasi sevana;
acirat pabe tabe krishnera carana.
“Chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra continuously and render service to the tulasi plant by watering her and offering prayers to her. In this way you will very soon get the opportunity to be sheltered at the lotus feet of Krishna.”
In Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita Antya-lila 6.223,226), Lord Chaitanya states:
vairagi karibe sada nama-sankirtana;
magiya khana kare jivana rakshana.
“A person in the renounced order should always chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. He should beg some alms to eat, and he should sustain his life in this way.”
vairagira kritya-sada nama-sankirtana;
“The duty of a person in the renounced order is to chant the Hare Krshna maha-mantra always. He should satisfy his belly with whatever vegetables, leaves, fruits and roots are available.”
ONE MUST STRICTLY CHANT 24 HOURS DAILY
In Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita Madhya-lila 22.113, the following verse from the Padma Purana is quoted:
smartavyah satatam vishnur, vismartavyo na jatucit;
sarve vidhi-nishedhah syur, etayor eva kinkarah.
“Krishna is the origin of Lord Vishnu. He should always be remembered and never forgotten at any time. All the rules and prohibitions mentioned in the shastras should be the servants of these two principles.”
Purport by Shrila Prabhupada:
“This verse is a quotation from the Padma Purana. There are many regulative principles in the shastras and directions given by the spiritual master. These regulative principles should act as servants of the basic principle—that is, one should always remember Krishna and never forget Him. This is possible when one chants the Hare Krishna mantra. Therefore one must strictly chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra twenty-four hours daily.”
Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita Madhya-lila 16.72:
krishna-nama nirantara yanhara vadane
sei vaishnava-sreshtha, bhaja tanhara carane
A person who is constantly chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra is to be considered a first-class Vaishnava, and everyone’s duty is to serve his lotus feet.”
Purport by Shrila Prabhupada:
Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura says that any Vaishnava who is constantly chanting the holy name of the Lord should be considered to have attained the second platform of Vaishnavism. Such a devotee is superior to a neophyte Vaishnava who has just learned to chant the holy name of the Lord.
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