Smart Quote of the Day, August 7, 2019

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"One should be very humble and meek to offer one’s desires and chant prayers composed in glorification of the holy name… One should chant such prayers to become free from offenses at the lotus feet of the holy name."

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This is a quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.23-24

[In this chapter, the saintly prince Prahlad is answering his demonic father's question, "What is the best thing you've learned in school?" Instead of the answer he was expecting, Prahlad begins to tell him about devotional service (bhakti-yoga) to the Supreme Person.]

TRANSLATION

Prahlada Maharaja said: Hearing and chanting about the transcendental holy name, form, qualities, paraphernalia and pastimes of Lord Vishnu, remembering them, serving the lotus feet of the Lord, offering the Lord respectful worship with sixteen types of paraphernalia, offering prayers to the Lord, becoming His servant, considering the Lord one’s best friend, and surrendering everything unto Him (in other words, serving Him with the body, mind and words) — these nine processes are accepted as pure devotional service. One who has dedicated his life to the service of Krishna through these nine methods should be understood to be the most learned person, for he has acquired complete knowledge.

PURPORT (excerpt):

It is recommended that even if one commits offenses, one should continue chanting the holy name. In other words, the chanting of the holy name makes one offenseless.

In the book Nama-kaumudi it is recommended that if one is an offender at the lotus feet of a Vaishnava, he should submit to that Vaishnava and be excused; similarly, if one is an offender in chanting the holy name, he should submit to the holy name and thus be freed from his offenses.

In this connection there is the following statement, spoken by Daksa to Lord Siva: “I did not know the glories of your personality, and therefore I committed an offense at your lotus feet in the open assembly. You are so kind, however, that you did not accept my offense. Instead, when I was falling down because of accusing you, you saved me by your merciful glance. You are most great. Kindly excuse me and be satisfied with your own exalted qualities.”

One should be very humble and meek to offer one’s desires and chant prayers composed in glorification of the holy name, such as ayi mukta-kulair upasya manam and nivrtta-tarsair upagiyamanad. One should chant such prayers to become free from offenses at the lotus feet of the holy name.

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