The process of chanting
“The process of chanting the holy name of the Lord is so powerful that by this chanting even householders can very easily gain the ultimate result achieved by person in the renounced order.” — Srimad Bhagavatam, 07.15.74
Chanting the universal religion
In this present age quarrels take place even over trifles, and therefore the sastras [scriptures] have recommended for this age a common platform for realization, namely chanting the holy names of the Lord. People can hold meetings to glorify the Lord in their respective languages and with melodious songs, and if such performances are executed in an offenseless manner, it is certain that the participants will gradually attain spiritual perfection without having to undergo more rigorous methods…. all people of the world will accept the holy name of the Lord as the common platform for the universal religion of mankind.
Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.1, Intro.)
Chanting Defeats Death
By the grace of the Lord, if a devotee, at the time of death, can simply chant His holy names-Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare-simply by chanting this maha-mantra, he immediately surpasses the great ocean of the material sky and enters the spiritual sky. He never has to come back for repetition of birth and death. Simply by chanting the holy name of the Lord, one can surpass the ocean of death.
Christ or Krsna – the Name’s the Same
(from a conversation with a Benedictine monk)
Christos is the Greek version of the word Krsna. When an Indian person calls on Krsna, he often says, “Krsta.” Krsta is a Sanskrit word meaning “attraction.” So when we address God as “Christ,” “Krsta,” or “Krsna,” we indicate the same all-attractive Supreme Personaiity of Godhead. When Jesus said, “Our Father, who art in heaven, sanctified be Thy name,” that name of God was “Krsta” or “Krsna.” Actually it doesn’t matter-Krsna or Christ-the name is the same. The main point is to follow the injunctions of the Vedic scriptures that recommend chanting the name of God in this age. I have not come to teach you, but only to request you to please chant the name of God. The Bible also demands this of you. So let us kindly cooperate and chant, and if you have a prejudice against chanting the name Krsna, then chant “Christos” or “Krsta”-there is no difference. Sri Caitanya said: namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-saktis. “God has millions and millions of names, and because there is no difference between God’s name and Himself, each one of these names has the same potency as God.” Therefore, even if you accept designations like”Hindu,” “Christian,” or “Muhammadan,” if you simply chant the name of God found in your own scriptures, you will attain the spiritual platform We always have these beads, just as you have your rosary. You are chanting, but why don’t the other Christians also chant? If you would like to cooperate with us, then go to the churches and chant, “Christ,” “Krsta,” or “Krsna” What could be the objection?
From: Science of Self-Realization
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