Mantras become more powerful when chanted by great devotees-SP

May 28, 2019 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

SB 4.24.32 purport-Lord Śiva voluntarily came to bless the sons of the King as well as do something beneficial for them. He personally chanted the mantra so that the mantra would be more powerful, and he advised that the mantra be chanted by the King’s sons (rāja-putras). When a mantra is chanted by a great devotee, the mantra becomes more powerful. Although the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra is powerful in itself, a disciple upon initiation receives the mantra from his spiritual master, for when the mantra is chanted by the spiritual master, it becomes more powerful. Lord Śiva advised the sons of the King to hear him attentively, for inattentive hearing is offensive.
SB 2.9.8 purport… The potency of transcendental sound is never minimized because the vibrator is apparently absent. Therefore Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam or Bhagavad-gītā or any revealed scripture in the world is never to be accepted as an ordinary mundane sound without transcendental potency.
One has to receive the transcendental sound from the right source, accept it as a reality and prosecute the direction without hesitation. The secret of success is to receive the sound from the right source of a bona fide spiritual master. Mundane manufactured sound has no potency, and as such, seemingly transcendental sound received from an unauthorized person also has no potency.One should be qualified enough to discern such transcendental potency, and either by discriminating or by fortunate chance if one is able to receive the transcendental sound from the bona fide spiritual master, his path of liberation is guaranteed.
SB 4.24.33 purport...The Supreme Lord is all-perfect, and the Lord instructs that one who worships Him also becomes perfect. As stated in Bhagavad-gītā (15.15): mattaḥ smṛtir jñānam apohanaṁ ca. The Lord is situated as the Supersoul in everyone’s heart, but He is so kind to His devotees that He gives them instructions by which they may continue to progress. When they receive instructions from the all-perfect, there is no chance of their being misled. This is also confirmed in Bhagavad-gītā (10.10): dadāmi buddhi-yogaṁ taṁ yena mām upayānti te. The Lord is always ready to give instructions to the pure devotee so that the devotee can advance further and further in devotional service.
We have to select a guru by whose order we wont make mistakes
March 2 1966 NY-Now, to take such guidance means the spiritual master should also be a very perfect man. Otherwise, how can he guide? …Therefore one has to select a spiritual master whose order, carrying, you’ll not commit a mistake. You see? Now, suppose if you accept a wrong person as spiritual master, and if you, if he guides you wrongly, then your whole life is spoiled. So one has to accept a spiritual master whose guidance will make his life perfect. That is the relation between spiritual master and disciple. It is not a formality. It is a great responsibility both for the disciple and for the spiritual master.
SB 4.24.39 purport…
As stated in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.22.35): etāvaj janma-sāphalyaṁ
dehinām iha dehiṣu prāṇair arthair dhiyā vācā śreya-ācaraṇaṁ sadā
Even though one may desire to engage in the service of the Lord, without sanction one cannot do so. Lord Śiva is offering his prayers in so many different ways in order to show living entities how to engage in the devotional service of the Lord.
Adi 9.11 purport... Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī states in his Gurv-aṣṭaka prayer, yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādo yasyāprasādān na gatiḥ kuto ‘pi: “By the mercy of the spiritual master one is blessed by the mercy of Kṛṣṇa. Without the grace of the spiritual master one cannot make any advancement.” It is by the mercy of the spiritual master that one becomes perfect, as vividly exemplified here.

Unless one is under the shelter of a realized spiritual master, his understanding of the Supreme issimply foolishness” quote from TLC
LA July 13 1971—Prabhupāda: Unless one is prepared that “I am accepting somebody as my spiritual master. I must accept whatever he says,” if there is any doubt, that I cannot accept his words verbatim,” then one should not accept him as spiritual master. That is hypocrisy
“…But in devotion, there is no karma-bandha. As Kṛṣṇa is free from all reaction, similarly Kṛṣṇa’s devotee who wants to satisfy Kṛṣṇa only, he is also free from all reaction. Therefore Kṛṣṇa says, ācārya  vijānīyān nāva-manyeta karhicit [SB 11.17.27].
 “The ācārya is as good as I am,” Kṛṣṇa says. Nāva-manyeta karhicit, “Never neglect him.” Na martya-buddhyāsūyeta, “Never be envious of the ācārya, thinking him as anything of this material world.” Ācārya vijānīyān [SB 11.17.27].
Therefore, ācārya’s position is as good as Kṛṣṇa. Sākād-dharitvena samasta-śāstrair **. Ācārya is always cautious that he may not be subject to criticism. But who criticizes ācārya, he becomes immediately offender. Because he is playing the part of ācārya, he plays as far as possible. But sometimes for preaching work, he might have to do something which is not consistentBut if he is criticized, then that man who criticizes, he becomes... Of course, he must be ācārya, not a bogus. Ordinary man cannot transgress the laws, but Kṛṣṇa and His representative, ācārya, might be sometimes seen that he has transgressed. Therefore Kṛṣṇa says,ācārya  vijānīyān [SB 11.17.27]
. Vaiṣṇavera kriyā, mudrā vijñeha nā bujhaya. In the Caitanya-caritāmta,Vaiṣṇava ācārya, his activities is not understood even by the wisest manVaiṣṇavera kriyā, mudrā vijñeha nā bujhaya. Brahmay upaśamāśrayam. Ācārya, guru, he is completely surrendered to Kṛṣṇa. He has taken the shelter of Kṛṣṇa, being completely freed from all material affection. Brahmay upaśamāśrayam. Everything…Everyone has got some material desire to fulfill, but a guru or ācārya has no such business. That is the symptom of ācārya. He has no more any material business. Brahmay upaśamāśrayam. He has finished all business of material satisfaction. That is the symptom of ācārya. And śābde pare ca niṣṇātam. And he has taken full bath in the ocean of transcendental (indistinct). Śābde pare ca niṣṇāta brahmay upaśamāśrayam. Tasmād guru prapadyeta [SB11.3.21]
, one should surrender to such spiritual master. Jijñāsu śreya uttamam, when he is actually serious about inquiring the transcendental subject matterOtherwise there is no need of accepting guru or ācārya. He has no business. If one is not interested in the transcendental subject matter …”    Conversations : 1972 Conversations : March, 1972 :

Some Conclusions–
In the above series of quotes we began with one section from the 4th canto where it was stated that when a great devotee chants some mantras, they become more powerful and that power remains even when the great devotee is no longer physically present.
And when some ordinary un-authorized person who is posing as a spiritual master chants those same mantras they may seem to be the same but they have NO spiritual effect. This ability to discriminate between who is real and who is bogus we must posess ourselves.
When one worships the All Perfect that person also becomes perfect. This is due to his accepting instructions from the All Perfect Person therefore we won’t be misled, Consequently we must accept that person as guru by whose orders we will not make mistakes.
Srila Prabhupada goes on to quote in the 4th canto from the 10th canto, that even if we have a bona fide guru, without his blessings, and even if we desire to engage in devotional service, we cannot do so. The intimate association of the Supreme Lord is so confidential that without His sanctions, we wont find a bona fide guru and even if we find a bona fide guru, without the gurus blessings we wont be able to engage in devotional service.
So this business of chanting Hare Krsna maha mantra without offense, and rendering some very humble service is a most intricate, delicate, and scientific process of approaching the Lord Sri Krsna.
Hare Krsna
damaghosa das