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Title: 14 Shrila Jiva Goswami
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-11 12:26:55
Shrila Jiva Goswami describes the chanting process in detail in Krama Sandarbha 7.5.18:
tac-ca nama-rupa-guna-lilamaya-sabdanam srotasparsah.
“Hearing of the name, form, qualities, and pastimes of Lord Gauranga-Krishna and His devotees is called shravana.
prathamam namnah sravanam-antah-karana-suddhyartham-peksham.
“The practice of sadhana-bhakti depends on hearing the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. It begins with shravana (hearing) of the maha-mantra which purifies the heart of the devotee and gives one liberation from the filthiness of sense gratification.
suddhe cantah-karane rupa-sravavena tad-udaya-yogyata bhavati.
“In this way, by constantly hearing the transcendental sound of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra gradually the transcendental form of Lord Krishna awakens within the purified heart alongwith the chanting.
samyagudite ca rupe gunanam sphuranam sampadyeta, sampanne ca gunanam sphurane
“When the form of the Lord is firmly established within the heart while chanting then gradually the sixty-four qualities of the Lord arise within the heart and get established there.
“As the Lord’s qualities fully manifest themselves, His different specific characteristics and those of His eternal associates gradually awaken.
tatas-teshu nama-rupa-guna-parikareshu samyak sphuriteshu lilanam sphuranam sushthu bhavati.
“In this way when the Lord’s form, qualities, and characteristics are manifest in the heart in their full splendor while chanting the maha-mantra, the ultimate transcendental pastimes of the Lord gradually appear and gradually impart the chanter with the qualification of directly participating in those loving pastimes with the Lord.”