Chanting: Chanting without Offenses

                                                                  Q. By chanting without offenses one will no longer experience any suffering in this world, because one will be mercifully transferred to the abode of Lord Krishna. Does this mean that one will give up their material body and die when they attain that state?

                                                                  Q. I've heard three different versions of the end result of Ajamila's story.
                                                                  a) Because he chanted Lord Narayana's name at the time of death, he is liberated; b) He is given another chance to be born again to lead a Krishna Conscious life; c) He is given another chance in the same lifetime to lead a Krishna Conscious life. Which of the above is true? Should not the first one be the correct version, because according to Bhagavad-gita if we chant Krishna's names at the time of death we will be liberated?

                                                                  Q. 1. In your Madhurya Kadambini - Hyderabad lecture you said that a person loses the taste for bhakti when he commits nama-aparadha and also there is a possibility he may turn averse to (against) guru and Krishna.

                                                                  A person may get discouraged to chant (maybe my utter ignorance and foolishness) while knowing this effect of nama-aparadha being afraid of consequences.

                                                                  Q. In this Kali-yuga is chanting the best way to get spiritually elevated? And is chanting alone sufficient?

                                                                  Yes, that is the recommendation of the Vedic literatures. Harer nama harer nama harer nama eva kevalam / kalu nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha: "There is no other way, no other way, no other way of spiritual progress in this age of Kali than the chanting of the holy names of Lord Hari, Krishna."

                                                                  Q. 1. I'm trying to begin chanting (again!), but my failures in the past lead me to have some apprehension about doing so.

                                                                  Past failures need not be a deterrent in devotional service, particularly if you can make a careful assessment of the fundamental cause(s) that had led to a lapse and remedy them.

                                                                  Q. What is an offence towards others? And how I can recognize that I'm committing offences? What are the symptoms through which I can observe and verify that I'm committing offences?

                                                                  An offence literally means a transgression of law, or an act that causes insult, pain or displeasure to another. The determining character of an offence is something that causes displeasure to Krishna.

                                                                  Offence can be of different kinds – it could be direct offence to Krishna or His Deity, as when one derides the form or the potency of Krishna, like the Mayavadis and atheists do.