No hard and fast rule for chanting

Caitanya Mahaprabhu… Caitanya Mahaprabu was in His lila, who was acting like an ordinary person, and so temporarily He went into the bathroom, and one small boy brought water to Him whose name was Gopal, and He called it to Lord Caitanya that why He was not chanting the name of Krishna, then Lord Caitanya said, “Well, this is a unclean place.” Little Gopal said, “But you never know when you are going to die, so you should chant every time, every place. So then Lord Caitanya said, “since you are instructing me, you are no longer Gopal, now you are Guru, Gopal Guru.” Of course, it’s not the position of anyone to instruct Lord Caitanya. Little boy, he accepted his instructions, which has meant in a good way. So yes, this is correct. So he became known as Gopal Guru, and he wrote a book on chanting the holy name. Later he became ah… active preacher of Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s movement. So there is no hard and fast rule. Lord Caitanya has told us, “Namnam akari bahuda nija sarva saktis, tatrapitah niyamah smarane na kalah.” So we should take up the chanting as our prime responsibility. You find these recent instructions are given, many times in the scriptures in many different ways.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1985, 26th Sep, SB class @ Bangalore, India