Dearest Swami Gaurangapada, ops: Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
Please accept my humble obeisances and let me pose You a question:
Can we lose our personality through chanting the Holy Names?
Yours faithfully, Matus
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Dear Matus,
Our real personality means the personality of the soul because the personality of the body changes with every body we get as per our karma. One may have a very cruel bodily personality externally but the internally the soul is always pure sat-chid-ananda. Due to misidentification with the body one has forgotten one's actual personality. So this is the personality which is awakened by chanting.
nitya siddha krishna prema sadhu kabhu naya shravana adi shuddha cita karaye udaya
As stated in Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita: "The original personality of the soul which is full of love for Lord Gauranga-Krishna is not attainable by any artifical means. Only when the soul repeatedly hears and chants the Holy Names and Pastimes of the Lord, the actual personality of the soul gradually awakens and blossoms and the soul realizes that the bodily personality was just a dream."