Nothing to lose, with so much to gain. Krishna tells Arjuna in the Bhagavat Gita, “Now you decide. Now it is your decision. You can fight or you can leave.” Throughout the Vedas we find that there is a choice. For us it may be that normally, those who are godly people they make the godly choice, and those who are ungodly people make the ungodly choice, the demoniac choice. That maybe the normal result that you find. Nonetheless the choice is there. Somehow or another we should try to make the right choice. We should try to… even if we find that our impulse is to make the wrong choice, do not choose to hear spiritual matters, to rather to hear materialistic matters, we should try hear spiritual matters. Again and again, we should try to… that is to our own good interest. Nama Sankirtanachaya me, and we should hear Krishna’s holy name, chant Krishna’s holy name. Actually in the Vedas, in devotional service there are various angas or principle practices that we are recommended to do. There are so many subsidiaries advises that are also given. So of the 64 items, there are some items which are very important. In out of all of those items, the item which is most important… you have to one item out of all 64, then you should do this nama sankirtanam, you should chant in the congregational chanting of the holy names of Krishna, because that can be done whether a person is pure or impure, clean or unclean, no matter what circumstance, what situation he is in, he can engage in this namasankirtanam. Whether a suci, or asuci, whatever. There is no such restriction. There may be some restriction to worship the deity under certain circumstances, but there is no such restriction for chanting the holy name.
His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1985, 26th Sep, SB class @ Bangalore, India