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Nectar from Srila Prabhupada-How to become perfect in spiritual life


The holy name of God is so powerful, as good as God. Namnam akari bahudha, He has got thousands of names, hundreds of names, and each name is invested with the power of God Himself. So in this age this chanting of holy name of God is recommended, I can take advantage of it, but I am so unfortunate I have no inclination. So easy thing, but still I am so unfortunate I do not wish to take the name of God. This is stated by Caitanya Mahaprabhu. etadrsi tava krpa bhagavan mamapi.  "Bhagavan, my Lord, You are so merciful, I can be direct connection with You simply by chanting Your holy name. You have given this facility in this age,  and still I am so unfortunate I am not inclined." Tam abhyarcya. We are not inclined to worship. That is the defect. When there is question of worshiping Him, so many things we bring in, not to worship Him, just to counteract the proposal.  Man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. So we bring all kinds of argument how to not to become a bhakta. That is our misfortune. He says "You become My devotee." We are putting arguments, how not to become His devotee.  That is our misfortune. We bring all arguments. This is misfortune.

Indian lady: Is number important in chanting? It has to be certain number, or you can just chant?

Prabhupada: Number? Yes, of course, no. Actually, kirtaniyah sada harih. Always to be chanted. But because you cannot do that, therefore you must fix up a number. Sankhya-purvaka-nama-gana-natibhih.  Sankhya-purvaka, that "I must chant so many times." That is determination. I have prescribed to my disciples that "You must chant at least sixteen rounds." That is very easy. But there is sankhya. Sankhya-purvaka-nama-gana-natibhih. The Gosvamis, they used to do that. So it is; otherwise, kirtaniyah sada harih. The chanting should go on twenty-four hours. Just like Haridasa Thakura used to do. He was simply chanting. But that is not possible for ordinary man. Therefore they should have a fixed up, that "I must chant so many times." That will fix up the determination. Bhajante mam drdha-vratah. There must be some drdha-vratah, that "I must do it." Then the devotion grows very firm. If we become lenient, "All right, I shall do later on..." No, must be done. Drdha-vratah. Mahatmanas tu mam partha daivim prakrtim asritah. Drdha-vratah. Everything should be determined. Then spiritual progress will be rapid.

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