The Ten Offences to the Holy Name
(to be carefully avoided by the devotee)
By His Divine Grace
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Maharaj
(Rendered into English by Swami Bhakti Ananda Sagar)
harinama mahamantra sarva-mantra-sara
yandera karunabale jagate prachara
sei nama-parayana sadhu, mahajana
tanhadera ninda na kariha kadachana 
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.
vrajendranandana krsna sarvesvaresvara
mahesvara adi tanra sevana-tatpara
nama chintamani krsna-chaitanya-svarupa
bheda-jnana na karibe lila-guna-rupa 
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 krsna-rupa han sastrera pramane
guru-rupe krsna krpa kare bhagyavane"
se gurute marttya-buddhi avajnadi tyaji
ista-labha kara, nirantara nama bhaji 
"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.
sruti, sruti-mata saha satvata purana
sri-nama-charana-padma kare nirajana
sei sruti-sastra yeba karaye nindana
se aparadhira sanga karibe varjjana 
The Vedas with Mother Gayatri
Illuminate the lotus feet
of Sri Hari's name;
those Holy Vedic Scriptures—
Never keep their company,
know them as offenders.
namera mahima sarva-sastrete vakhane
ati-stuti, hena kabhu na bhaviha mane
agastya, ananta, brahma, sivadi satata
ye nama-mahima-sindhu ke paibe para?
ati-stuti bate yei—sei durachara 
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.
krsna-namavali nitya golakera dhana
kalpita, prakrta, bhave—aparadhi-jana 
The Holy Names of Krsna—
eternal wealth of Goloka:
Who thinks those Names imaginary,
name sarva-papa-ksaya sarva-sastre kaya
sara-dina papa kari sei bharasaya—
emata durbbuddhi yara sei aparadhi
maya-pravanchita, duhkha bhunje niravadhi 
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.
atulya sri-krsna-nama purna-rasa-nidhi
tanra sama na bhaviha subha-karma adi 
Incomparable Name of Krsna—
the treasure of ecstasy:
Never dare compare it with
tare nama dane aparadha sunischita 
Those who're faithless t'ward the Name—
deceived by Providence:
Giving them the Holy Name
surely's an offence.
suniyao krsna-nama mahatmya apara
ye priti-rahita, sei naradhama chhara
ahamta mamata yara antare bahire
suddha krsna-nama tara kabhu nahi sphure 
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.
ei dasa-aparadha kariya varjjana
ye sujana kare hari-nama sankirtana
apurva sri-krsna-prema labhya tara haya
nama-prabhu tara hrde nitya vilasaya 
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.
Sri Bhakti Sundar Govinda