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The True Nature of the Holy Name

The True Nature of the Holy Name
A Letter from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura


"I am overjoyed to hear that your enthusiasm for chanting is increasing. As
our contaminations are removed by chanting, the Lord's form, qualities, and
pastimes will be revealed to us in the holy name. There is no point in
making a separate effort to artificially remember the Lord's form,
qualities, and pastimes. The Lord and His name are one and the same. This
will be understood clearly when the coverings in your heart are removed. By
chanting without offenses you will personally realize that all perfections
come from the holy name. Through chanting, the distinction that exists
between the self, and the gross and subtle bodies, is gradually effaced and
one realizes one's own spiritual form. Once aware of the spiritual body, as
one continues to chant, one sees the transcendental nature of the Lord's
form. Only the holy name reveals the spiritual form of the living being and
then causes him to be attracted to Krsna's form. Only the holy name reveals
the spiritual qualities of the living being and then causes him to be
attracted to Krsna's qualities. Only the holy name reveals the spiritual
activities of the living being and then causes him to be attracted to
Krsna's pastimes. By service to the holy name we do not mean only the
chanting of the holy name; it also includes the other duties of the chanter.
If we serve the holy name with the body, mind, and soul, then the direction
of that service spontaneously manifests like the sun in the clear sky of the
chanter's heart. What is the nature of the holy name? Eventually all these
understandings spontaneously appear in the heart of one who chants the holy
name. The true nature of hari-nama is revealed by listening to, reading, and
studying the scriptures. It is unnecessary to write anything further on this
subject. All these things will be revealed to you through chanting."

--Srila Prabhupadera Patravali, Volume 1, pp 4-5

Courtesy: H H Giriraj Swami Maharaj

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