~ Jagad Guru Chris Butler (Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa)

Two spiritual objects in this world

"This material nature has nothing more superior to offer than the holy name. The holy name is the most precious treasure in the Lord's storehouse. The jiva and the holy name are the only two supra-mundane objects in this material universe; everything else is inert matter. The jiva is living here in a conditioned state of consciousness due to the Lord's will. The jiva initially was the only spiritual presence here. We have been counted amongst the jivas, or the Lord's separated parts and parcels.

Principal and secondary holy names

"The holy name can be categorized into two types: principal and secondary. By taking shelter of the principal names of the Lord, the jiva obtains the essence of spiritual life. The principal names of Lord Krsna describe His transcendental pastimes and contain all of the Lord's spiritual excellences. They are, for example: Govinda, Gopala, Rama, Sri Nandanandana, Radhanatha, Hari, Yasomati-Pranadhana, Madana-Mohana, Syamasundara, Madhava, Gopinatha, Brajagopala, Ra khala, Yadava, etc. Anyone who chants these names of the Lord, which depict His eternal pastimes, can attain the Lord's supreme abode.

Secondary names and their symptoms

"The Vedas address the Lord with names that characterize His affiliation with the material nature. These are His secondary names, e.g. Creator, Supersoul, Brahman, maintainer and annihilator of the world, Yajnesvara, Kara, etc. Such names of the Lord are invoked by those pursuing fruitive activities and empirical knowledge. In keeping with the Vedic directions, the chanting of such names of the Lord will succeed in giving one piety and liberation. However, the most consequential result of chanting the Lord's names—love of Godhead—is to be attained only by saintly souls who invoke the principal names of Krsna.

The pure name and namabhasa

"If the holy name is chanted just once, though impurely, or if it is simply heard, the sound penetrating within, then the living entity is immediately liberated, regardless of his high or low caste. This is a scriptural fact. And beyond this, when the holy name is chanted in the clearing stage (namabhasa—the stage when impurities are swept from the heart of the chanter), then the highest goal is attained after some delay. All the other auspicious and pious results, including liberation, can be quite easily achieved, but the attainment of love of Godhead is suspended for a while.

In the clearing stage of chanting the jiva is absolved of all sins, and by following this path he gradually reaches the highest stage of chanting: suddhanama or the pure name. One obtains love of Krsna only after reaching this stage of pure chanting. When namabhasa is complete, all sins and anarthas (unwanted desires in the heart) are dissipated, and the devotee chants purely. Then suddhanama offers the devotee the highest spiritual success: love of Krsna.