~ Jagad Guru Chris Butler (Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa)

Vyavadhana or disruption causes offense

"Chanting should be free from any form of disruption because this will result in offenses against the holy name, which in turn pose an insurmountable obstacle on the path to success, Vyavadhana, or disruption, is of two kinds. The first type is known as varna-vyavadhan or disruption in the syllables. For example, in the Bengali word hathikari, the first syllabic ha- and the last syllabic -ri can be put together to give Hari, a name of Krsna. But because the syllables thi-ka are inserted in the middle, the repetition of hathikari will not give the actual benefit of chanting the holy name, i.e. krsna-prema. Yet the Islamic word haram is not perverted by such disruption of the syllables or varna-vyavadhan. In the word haram, the syllables comprising the holy name Ram are uninterrupted; hence, speaking 'haram' gives liberation because it is namabhasa.

"The second type of vyavadhana is called tattva-vyavadhana or disruption in the philosophy or conclusions. This is a very heinous offense. Lord Krsna's name and Lord Krsna Himself are non-different. But someone who is polluted by the mayavadi philosophy imagines them as two dissimilar entities. Such offensive conclusions will totally destroy his spiritual life; it is clearly against the Vcdic teachings. It is impossible to obtain krsna-prema from such chanting.

"The devotee who chants Krsna's name purely, free from both the vyavadhana offenses, is to be considered a very elevated Vaisnava. He must be worshipped with great care and affection.

When anartha is destroyed, the pure name appears

"Anyone wanting to attain the highest spiritual success of chanting purely must approach a bona fide spiritual master and serve him sincerely and with care. Gradually, as all the anarthas or unwanted desires in the heart are destroyed, the transcendental name of Krsna appears and dances on the tongue of the devotee. The devotee must relish the holy name, now nectarcan in taste, at every moment. Thus spiritually intoxicated, the devotee always feels like dancing. As the holy name dances, the devotee likewise dances, and at that moment the ecstasy of love of Godhead also enters dancing into devotee's heart. The entire world falls at his feet and maya runs away.

The holy name is omnipotent

"The Supreme Lord invested all His potencies in His transcendental name and offered it to the living entities. One who has sufficient faith in the holy name is eligible to chant it. One who chants Lord Krsna's name is properly executing his prescribed duties. The holy name is so potent that chanting is not dependent on conditions of time, place, rules, cleanliness, etc. Pious activities like giving charity, performing sacrifices and ablutions, and chanting of Vedic mantras are all regulated by stringent rules. But the only prerequisite for chanting the holy name is faith. One who takes shelter of the holy name with unflinching faith will attain all perfection. The jiva in Kali-yuga must become free from deceit, enroll himself as a member in Lord Krsna's family of devotees, and continuously chant the holy name.

Accept things favorable to chanting

"One must accept everything favorable to performing devotional service and at the same time reject all unfavorable things. He must seek out the association of devotees and utilize his life in constant chanting and remembering of the Lord's holy name.

He must forgo all other religious practices and pious activities, and never worship any other person. Nor may he think others to be independent from the Supreme Lord. One who always chants the holy name and serves the devotees will surely obtain love for Lord Krsna."

Srila Haridasa Thakura again placed his head on the Lord's lotus feet. Weeping, he begged the Lord that he might develop attachment for the holy name. One who is blessed with love and devotion and takes pleasure in serving Srila Haridasa Thakura's lotus feet will find this book, Harinama Cintamani, as valuable as life itself.