Why is the Chanting the Lord’s Names very important?

R S VENKAT, 16th May 2012

Dear Devotees,

Hare Krishna!

Very nice discussions.. giving more clarity. All glories to all vaisnavas….

Taken from Email subscription to http://www.backtohome.com : *Letter to Aniruddha, Los Angeles, 1969*

*Srila Gurudeva, Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari wrote:* *It is it fact that living by the Lord’s will is as good as chanting. But since the Lord has clearly stated His will in the Bhagavad-gita that we

should be always engaged in chanting His name, living by the Lord’s will means that we should always be chanting as much as possible. In fact if we do not chant, we are not abiding by His will.

Jan. 3rd, 2011. Question and Answer section.*

The above was part of our post May 12- Can any one please give sloka in Bhagavad Gita which says about chanting….

It sure will be helpful in preaching…..

thanks, Hare Krishna,

your servant,

R S Venkatesh.

Harish, 16th May 2012

Hare Krsna Prabhu ji,

Please find some quotes from His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada ji

1) If he doesn’t practice remembering Krishna while he is struggling for existence, then it will not be possible for him to remember Krishna at the time of death. Lord Caitanya also advises this. He says, kirtaniyah sada harih: [Cc. Adi 17.31] one should practice chanting the names of the Lord always. The names of the Lord and the Lord are nondifferent. – Bhagavad-gita Intro

2) O my Lord, a person who is chanting Your holy name, although born of a low family like that of a candala [dog-eater], is situated on the highest platform of self-realization. Such a person must have performed all kinds of penances and sacrifices according to Vedic rituals and studied the Vedic literatures many, many times after taking his bath in all the holy places of pilgrimage. Such a person is considered to be the best of the Aryan family. – Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.33.7

3) Vedanta is the last word in Vedic wisdom, and the author and knower of the Vedanta philosophy is Lord Krishna; and the highest Vedantist is the great soul who takes pleasure in chanting the holy name of the Lord. – Bhagavad-gita 2.46 Purport

4) In the Age of Kali, the sankirtana-yajna (the chanting of the names of God) is recommended by the Vedic scriptures, and this transcendental system was introduced by Lord Caitanya for the deliverance of all men in this age. Sankirtana-yajna and Krishna consciousness go well together. – Bhagavad-gita 3.10 Purport

5) One is called a faithful man who thinks that simply by acting in Krishna consciousness he can attain the highest perfection. This faith is attained by the discharge of devotional service, and by chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, which cleanses one’s heart of all material dirt. – Bhagavad-gita 4.39 Purport

6) In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way. – Brhan-naradiya Purana

7) Thakura Haridasa would not even accept prasadam nor even sleep for a moment without finishing his daily routine of chanting with his beads three hundred thousand names. – Bhagavad-gita 6.17 Purport

8) The easiest way to control the mind, as suggested by Lord Caitanya, is chanting “Hare Krishna,” the great mantra for deliverance, in all humility. – Bhagavad-gita 6.34 Purport

9) When one is fully engaged in Krishna consciousness, beginning by chanting the maha-mantra—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare—then only can one understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead. – Bhagavad-gita 7.24 Purport

10) There may be so many impediments for a person who is chanting Hare Krishna. Nonetheless, tolerating all these impediments, one should continue to chant Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, so that at the end of one’s life one can have the full benefit of Krishna consciousness. – Bhagavad-gita 8.5 Purport

Your insignificant servant

Harish

Nashvin, 16th May 2012

Hare Krsna!

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

In addition, directly from the translation:

http://vedabase.net/bg/17/13/

“Any sacrifice performed without regard for the directions of scripture, without distribution of prasadam [spiritual food], without chanting of Vedic hymns and remunerations to the priests, and without faith is considered to be in the mode of ignorance.”

http://vedabase.net/bg/9/14/

“Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.”

http://vedabase.net/bg/10/25/

“Of the great sages I am Bhṛgu; of vibrations I am the transcendental omm. Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names [japa], and of immovable things I am the Himalayas.”

Your servant,

Nashvin

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