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Hari Nama Chintamani
In the Hari-nama-cintamani it is said:
mane habe-aja laksha nama ye kariba;
krame krame tina laksha nama ye smariba.
mahagraha habe citte namera sankhyaya;
acire jabe jadya sadhura kripaya.
“When one’s mind desires to chant and remember one hundred thousand holy names (64 rounds) daily and furthur desires to slowly increase it to three hundred thousand and when one’s mind becomes very attached and eager to complete the fixed number of rounds daily and pushes one to complete the sankhya everyday, then it is understood that very soon the laziness or apathy in chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra will vanish by the mercy of the devotees and one’s chanting will bring one the desired fruit of pure love for Krishna.”
Purport by Swami Gaurangapada:
As per the above statement, it is very clear that without gradually increasing the chanting upto the point of chanting continuously (atleast 64 rounds), the obstacles on our spiritual path will never be permanently removed.
In the book Jaiva-dharma, all the babajis residing in Navadvipa chant 2,00,000 names daily. Then they receive bhiksha, read the scriptures and preach to whoever comes to meet them. Advaita dasa babaji experiences purification of heart and freedom from anarthas (lust, anger, greed etc.) after chanting 2,00,000 names of Krishna for 3 to 4 years in the most merciful dhama of Navadvipa and in the association of pure devotees. Haridasa babaji tells Nityananda dasa that he has just crossed the kanishtha (neophyte) platform and entered the madhyama (intermediate) platform after he had chanted 64 rounds for many years in the Dhama. So constant chanting and gradually increasing the quality and quantity of our chanting is the only way for the devotees who reside outside or inside the Dhama for making spiritual advancement.