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Title: 12 Shri Namashtaka
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-10 20:46:36
In the Hari-nama-cintamani, Thakura Haridasa explains the importance of constant chanting:
avisranta name nama-aparadha jaya;
tahe aparadha kabhu sthana nahi paya.
“Only by continuous chanting of the Hare Krshna maha-mantra can the ten offenses against the name be obliterated. Another advantage of constant chanting is that the ten offenses will not be able to again implicate the chanter.
Purport by Thakura Bhaktivinoda:
“Continuous chanting (avishranta nama)—Only one who chants the Hare Krishna maha-mantra with great feeling all the time during the day and night except during the time required for fulfilling the most basic bodily necessities like sleep etc. is able to successfully destroy the ten offenses. The ten offenses to chanting cannot be obliterated by any other kind of pious activity or atonement.”
divaratra nama laya, anutapa kore;
tabe aparadha jaya nama phala dhore.
“Only one who chants day and night with great anxiety to avoid the ten offenses and with great repentance for the offenses committed earlier, can completely nullify all the offenses. Then and only then, the transcendental name of Krishna will bear fruit.
aparadha gate suddhanamera udaya;
suddha nama bhavamaya ara premamaya.
“When the offenses are finished, the pure name arises in heart of the chanter. This pure name grants the fulfillment of all desires and the most rare and superexcellent happiness of devotional service on the platform of bhava (ecstasy) and then prema (pure love). This is ultimate achievement of the human form of life.
namera anukula-vishaya-grahana o pratikula-vishaya varjjana—
“Accept all the things and conditions favorable to the chanting of the Hare Krshna maha-mantra and reject all the things unfavourable to the chanting.
krishnera samsare thaki kataye jivana;
nirantara hari-nama karena smarana.
“He should seek out the association of nama-parayana (pure chanters) devotees and in their association constantly chant and remember the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.”