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10 offenses part 1

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  • 1. Offense-less Chanting Study of the Harinaam Chintamani as summarised by HH Sachinandan Swami
  • 2. Introduction
    • Remembering HARIDAS THAKUR
      • Humility, Sincerity and Glory
    • Srila Prabhupada on the Holy-name
      • Sublime method of reviving transcendental consciousness
      • Not expected to commit offenses
  • 3. 3 ways of chanting
    • Maanasa
      • Quiet Chanting in the mind
    • Upaamsa
      • Silent/Soft Chanting, only chanter can hear
    • Vaachik
      • Loud chanting, e.g. Keertan
    • Haridas Thakur – 64 of each !!
  • 4. 3 stages of Chanting
    • Shuddha Naam
      • Purest stage of chanting, the Lord reveals himself
    • Naam-abhaasa
      • Avoiding offenses and full attention
    • Naam-aparadha
      • Chanting with Offenses, impossible to attain Krishna
  • 5. 10 different kinds of offenses
    • To blaspheme devotees who have dedicated their lives to propagating the Holy Name
    • To consider the names of demigods like Siva or Brahma to be equal to, or independent of, the name of Lord Vishnu
    • To disobey the orders of the spiritual master
    • To blaspheme Vedic literature or literature in the pursuance of the Vedic version
    • To consider the glories of chanting Hare Krishna to be imagination
  • 6. 10 offenses …… continued
    • To give some mundane interpretation on the Holy name of the Lord
    • To commit sinful activities on the strength of the Holy name of the Lord
    • To consider the chanting of the Holy name to be one of the auspicious ritualistic activities offered in the Vedas as fruitive activities (karma-kanda)
    • To instruct a faithless person about the glories of the Holy name
  • 7. 10 offenses …… continued
    • A.) To not have complete faith in the chanting of the Holy names and to maintain material attachments, even after understanding so many instructions on the matter
    • B.) TO BE INATTENTIVE WHEN CHANTING THE HOLY NAME
  • 8. Effects of Naam-aparaadha
    • We lose our taste for spiritual activities
    • We wont feel any pleasure in hearing, chanting and performing devotional service
    • Ultimately we cannot achieve love of God
  • 9. 1 – To blaspheme devotees …..
    • “ Vaishnava aparaadha” compared to a mad elephant trampling a small creeper
    • Definition of a devotee …
    • Avoid criticizing on the basis of
      • Social background
      • Past sins or faults committed
      • Unintentional sins and
      • traces of past sinful habits
  • 10. 1 – To blaspheme devotees …..
    • 3 kinds of aparaadh’s
      • Offenses in the mind
      • Offenses with words
      • Offenses through activities
    • In kali-yuga the first one is not counted !!!
  • 11. 1 – To blaspheme devotees …..
    • Rectification
      • Sincerely repent
      • Beg for forgiveness
      • Don’t wait, just offer sincere obeisance’s without any hesitation
  • 12. 2 – Consider names of demigods equal to that of Lord
    • Differentiating factors
    • Rectification
      • Sincere chanting
      • Not to commit again
  • 13. 3 – Disobey orders of Spiritual Master
    • The evolution cycle
    • Who is a spiritual master
      • One who knows Krishna
      • Controls his senses
      • Teaches by example by practicing what he preaches
    • 3 kinds of Spiritual Masters
  • 14. 3 – Disobey orders of the Guru
    • Why this offense appears
      • Seeing the Guru with mundane vision
    • Rectification
      • Concentrate on the lectures and instructions
      • Falling constantly at his feet asking for mercy
      • Following his instructions with rigor
  • 15. 4 – To blaspheme Vedic scriptures
    • Natural faults of Human Beings
        • Bhram : propensity to commit error
        • Pramaada : subject to illusion
        • Vipralipsaa : cheating propensity
        • Kaaranaapaatav : imperfect senses
      • Due to the above we cannot understand spirituality and hence the Vedas are given
      • Vedas emphasize chanting of the Holy Name
  • 16. 4 – To blaspheme Vedic scriptures
      • Importance also in BG 16.23 and 16.24
    • Rectification
      • With great respect offer flowers and Tulasi leaves to the Srimad Bhagwatam
      • Srimad Bhagwatam is the essence of all the Vedas and is an incarnation of the Lord
      • Blasphemy of all other religious scriptures to be avoided : SB 11.8.10

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