purification is essential, the purificatory rights given in the Vedas are prescribed but in Kali yuga because the present age we are in, because people haven’t have the opportunity of all those purificatory rights, they’re an aid but they are not the end in themselves, it is recommended that one should chant the names of Krishna but the names of God, and that this the ultimate purificatory right or the ultimate purification is to constantly chant the mantras or the names of the Lord, so there are unlimited names of God, nāmnām akāri bahudhā nija-sarva-śaktis. So one may chant the name Krishna, or Govinda, or Rama, Hare Krishna or one may chant some other bonafide name of God, but especially chanting the holy names, this is recommended in this age.
So we have been handed down this Hare Krishna chant as being a very effective and very powerful combination of the names of the Lord, which are especially recommended for this age, but we don’t say that these are the only names of God somebody can chant. If they have other names they can do that. That will be more effective than any other purification in this particular age, for spiritual progress.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 31st May, SB Class, New Orleans @ USA