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Smart Quote of the Day, May 4, 2016

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" . . . The holy name is so powerful that if someone derides us, saying, "Why are you chanting Hare Krishna--it is nonsense!" he also gets spiritual benefit."

Today's Smart Quote is from A Second Chance, Chapter 16, in the section entitled, "Indiscriminate Mercy."

One attains freedom from all sinful reactions immediately upon recitation of the holy name, even if one does not understand the potency of the name. Whether one is chanting with devotion and reverence or without any faith, more sinful reactions are vanquished than a sinful man can commit. Krishna's name has such unlimited potency.

When Caitanya Mahaprabhu was chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra in Navadvipa, the people used to imitate the Lord and His associates. At that time the land was ruled by Mohammedans, and sometimes the people would go to one of the government officials and complain, "The Hindus are chanting 'Hare Krishna! Hare Krishna!' dancing wildly, and thrashing their arms about." In this way they imitated the sankirtana of Lord Caitanya. In Western countries the onlookers also imitate our chanting of Hare Krishna when we go out to chant on the street. Even by imitating, however, they become purified. The holy name is so powerful that if someone derides us, saying, "Why are you chanting Hare Krishna--it is nonsense!" he also gets spiritual benefit.