Chant Hare Krishna and Follow the Process
14th September 2014 • Illuminations on Bhakti
Candramauli Swami, SB Lecture, Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 2, 2013_
Without following the rules and regulations you cannot make advancement in Krishna consciousness. That is why Srila Prabhupada said that chanting Hare Krishna must be accompanied with following the process of devotional service.
Sometimes devotees say “Kirtan Mela is all I am interested in, I will not do anything else.” But than you will not get the real benefit of Kirtan Mela. Because the process of devotional service is the means by which you can enter into the chanting of Holy Name. I know devotees who are chanting for 25 years but they didn’t make any advancement in this time. Why? Because they are not following the process.
So Srila Prabhupada made a pretty strong statement that “chanting Hare Krishna without following the process is like cooking with smoke….and in this way your food will take 300 years!” We see that some devotees are always attending kirtans but not chanting japa. Kirtans are great, but only with this you will not attain the final goal. If you just chant and don’t follow anything else you will, in the best way, get protected from material dangers, but you will not get the love of God, which is the actual goal of chanting Hare Krishna.
Of course, when you get to the stage of purified consciousness you can just chant, but we cannot simply jump to that level, we cannot begin there. We must rise to that level by following the package of rules and regulations as given by Srila Prabhupada: we have to serve the Vaisnavas, we have to hear Srimad Bhagavatam, we have to worship the Deity, we have to follow rules and regulations. So, there are things we have to do, and things we have to avoid.