THE BENEDICTINE TREE OF DIVINE ASPIRATION: APPENDIX III


Dasa-vidha Namaparadha

 

The Ten Offences to the Holy Name
(to be carefully avoided by the devotees)
by His Divine Grace
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

(Translated from the original Bengali by Sripad Bhakti Ananda Sagar Maharaj)

 

 

Hare Krsna Mahamantra
of all mantras the best,
Throughout the world is preached
by saints' potent grace behest;
Such saints to the Name devoted,
such pure souls great:
Never dare offend them—
never show them hate.

Lord Krsna, son of Nanda,
of all lords the Leader—
The great Siva and all the gods
serve His feet forever;
The touchstone of the Name
is Krsna incarnate—
His pastimes, nature, form,
also think not separate.

"Guru's a form of Krsna—
the Scriptures corroborate;
In the form of Guru,
Krsna blesses the fortunate."
Never offend that Guru
by thinking him mere mortal;
Gain your highest objective—
serve the Name for time eternal.

The Vedas with Mother Gayatri
and Srimad-Bhagavatam
Illuminate the lotus feet
of Sri Hari's name;
Whoever vilifies
those Holy Vedic Scriptures—
Never keep their company,
know them as offenders.

The glories of the Name—
all Scriptures' exaltation;
Dare not think their praise
to be exaggeration.
Agastya, Ananta, Brahma,
Siva, etc., ever
Sing the glories of that Name
with full-hearted fervour.
Who can cross the ocean
of the glories of that Name?
Whoever says 'exaggeration'
have their sin to blame.

 

The Holy Names of Krsna—
eternal wealth of Goloka:
Who thinks those Names imaginary,
mundane—he's offender.
All Scriptures claim the Name
all sin it can destroy,
But those who spend their time
in sin making it a ploy—
Such a wicked attitude
is that of an offender
Deceived by illusion,
perpetually to suffer.

Incomparable Name of Krsna—
the treasure of ecstasy:
Never dare compare it
with auspicious piety.

Those who're faithless t'ward the Name—
deceived by Providence:
Giving them the Holy Name
surely's an offence.

Despite them hearing the infinite
glories of Krsna's Name,
Those whose hearts don't melt in love
are rascals of ill fame;
Only pride and avarice
their thoughts and deeds do yield—
The Pure Name of Krsna
to them is ne'er revealed.

Casting off these ten offences,
leaving no exception,
Those pure souls who chant the Name
in Holy Congregation—
The miracle of love for Krsna
they will surely savour,
The Name Divine Himself will shine
within their hearts forever.

(Tridandi-bhiksu
Sri Bhakti Sundar Govinda)

 

(The prose translation, as well as the original Bengali transliteration, can be found here ⇒)

 


 

 

Appendix II:
"Chanting the Mahamantra"

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CONTENTS

Part I


1: Divine Benevolence Abroad*
2: Universal Grace
3: Demolishing Pillars of Ego

Part II


4: The Eye-Opener*
5: Life's Destination
6: Reaping the Eternal Fruit
7: Our Super Benefit
8: Everyone's Real Friend*

Appendices


I: Acharyya-charana-vandana
(Verses in glorification of Srila Govinda Maharaj)
II: Chanting the Mahamantra
III: Dasa-vidha Namaparadha
(The Ten Offences to the Holy Name)
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