… with a strong vow one should chant the holy name of the Lord — Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare — for thus one will certainly be delivered from the clutches of māyā by the grace of Krishna.
The chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is recommended even for persons who commit offenses, because if they continue chanting they will gradually chant offenselessly. By chanting the Hare Krishna mantra without offenses, one increases his love for Krishna. As stated by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, premā pum-artho mahān: one’s main concern should be to increase one’s attachment to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and to increase one’s love for Him.
In this regard Srila Viswanath Chakravarti Thakur quotes the following verse from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam (11.19.24):
evaṁ dharmair manuṣyāṇām uddhavātmani vedinām
mayi sañjāyate bhaktiḥ ko ’nyo ’rtho ’syāvaśiṣyate
“My dear Uddhava, the supreme religious system for human society is that by which one can awaken his dormant love for Me.”
Commenting on this verse, Srila Viswanath Chakravarti Thakur describes the word bhakti by saying premaivoktaḥ. Kaḥ anyaḥ arthaḥ asya: in the presence of bhakti, what is the necessity of liberation?
Srila Viswanath Chakravarti Thakur also quotes this verse from the Padma Purāṇa:
nāmāparādha-yuktānāṁ nāmāny eva haranty agham
aviśrānti-prayuktāni tāny evārtha-karāṇi ca
Even if in the beginning one chants the Hare Krishna mantra with offenses, one will become free from such offenses by chanting again and again. Pāpa-kṣayaś ca bhavati smaratāṁ tam ahar-niśam: one becomes free from all sinful reactions if one chants day and night, following the recommendation of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It was Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who quoted the following verse:
harer nāma harer nāma harer nāmaiva kevalam
kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva nāsty eva gatir anyathā
“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.” [Cc. ādi 17.21] If the members of the Krishna consciousness movement strictly follows this recommendation of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, their position will always be secure.
— Purport to Bhāg. 6.3.24 ·By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
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