Fruition of Chanting as shown by Srila Prabhupada!

Summary: This instruction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu represents a theme within his overall instructions. Please note it with great care. As the Yuga-avatara, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to deliver the Holy Name --- specifically so that the recipient could regain their dormant love for Krishna. As stated in Verse 33, "If one simply follows in the footsteps of Lord Caitanya and the Gosvamis, certainly he will achieve the ultimate goal of life, the lotus feet of Sri Krsna." The formula for achieving this fruit of chanting with true sincerity is to successfully become ornamented with the message of Siksastakam Verse 3. These Caitanya Caritamrta texts instruct us *HOW* Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted us to apply Siksastakam Verse 3 in our lives.

Chanting the Holy Name

Reading Assignment Various quotes from Srila Prabhupada on the topics of "Offenses + Reactions, Mistakes, and Quality Chanting"

a) Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 17.54 Reactions for expounding mayavadi-bhasya

"It appears that an offender to a Vaisnava continues to suffer and does not give up his life. We have actually seen that a great vaisnava-aparadhi continuously suffered so much that it was difficult for him to move, and yet he did not die."

b) Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta Vol 4 "Let There Be A Temple" pg 60 February, 1972

Loud chanting is the best!

Summary: A common conception that is out there is that chanting japa as we do (softly on beads) is very good but "silently chanting is 1,000 times better", or something to that effect. If you were to hear this question/comment being raised, how would you answer? Here is how Namacarya Haridas Thakur's answered this question or challenge.

Reading Assignment

LOUD CHANTING IS BEST Caitanya-bhagavata Adi Khanda, with purports of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta.

a) Caitanya Bhagavat Adi-khanda TEXT 267

TRANSLATION In this regard, there was one impious brahmana that lived in the village of Harinadi. He once angrily said to Haridasa.

Meditating on the Holy Names
December 22, 2006

Summary: While in Mayapur Dhama, intensely preparing for the Mayapur and Puri Yatras that are soon to commence, I wanted to share with you what seems to be an emerging theme of these combined Yatras. You will find the mood of begging from the Lord for his mercy to be very eloquently expressed very by our Nama Acarya, Srila Haridas Thakur. The core elements are prominent: abject humility, unbridled eagerness to receive the ultimate gift of Lord Caitanya, and a standard of uncompromised purity. The second quote is for those who cannot attend these Yatras, but who will hear the messages later in recorded form. In this message Srila Prabhupada provides a formula for a meditation upon sound vibrations that represent a direct experience of the same thing.

Loud Chanting is superior
August 9, 2007

Summary: I recently had a discussion with a very serious devotee of Krishna who has great appreciation for Srila Prabhupada, and who has a long-term practice of chanting within his mind; he maintains this practice because he is convinced that this type of chanting is more effective than chanting aloud, although he greatly respects the process of chanting God's names aloud as we do in ISKCON. This discussion prompted me to gather some of the prominent scriptural quotes which address this specific topic.

Pippalayana Rsi instructions to Gopa Kumar

Summary: We will be observing Sri Krishna Janmashtami in two days. Krishna, who is known as Vasudeva, the son of Devaki and Vasudeva, first makes His divine appearance in the sanctified mind of his father Vasudeva, who is then transferred unto the sanctified mind of Devaki, who then makes His divine appearance before the eyes of His mother and father. This week's reading assignment explains the consciousness of his "parents", or anyone else before whom the Lord appears wherein the observer actually recognizes His divinity. The Lord will appear both within and without the pure devotee when the Lord's devotee is engaged in a perfect trance of meditating upon Him.