Prayers recommended to rid ourselves of offenses to the Holy Names.

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SB 7.5.23-24-purport

There is no way to atone for any of the (10 ) offenses.It is therefore recommended that an offender at the feet of the holy name continue to chant the holy name twenty-four hours a day.Constant chanting of the holy name will make one free of offenses, and then he will gradually be elevated to the transcendental platform on which he can chant the pure holy name and thus become a lover of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

It is recommended that even if one commits offenses, one should continue chanting the holy name. In other words, the chanting of the holy name makes one offenseless. In the book Nama-kaumudi it is recommended that if one is an offender at the lotus feet of a Vaishnava, he should submit to that Vaishnava and be excused; similarly, if one is an offender in chanting the holy name, he should submit to the holy name and thus be freed from his offenses. In this connection there is the following statement, spoken by Daksha to Lord Shiva: “I did not know the glories of your personality, and therefore I committed an offense at your lotus feet in the open assembly. You are so kind, however, that you did not accept my offense. Instead, when I was falling down because of accusing you, you saved me by your merciful glance. You are most great. Kindly excuse me and be satisfied with your own exalted qualities.”

One should be very humble and meek to offer one’s desires and chant prayers composed in glorification of the holy name, such as ayi mukta-kulair upasyamanam and nivrtta-tarshairupagiyamanad [SB 10.1.4]. One should chant such prayers to become free from offenses at the lotus feet of the holy name.

Rupa Goswamis Namastaka #1

ayi mukta-kulair upasyamanam,
paritas tvam hari-Nama samshrayami

"O Hari-Nama! The tips of the toes of Your lotus feet are constantly being worshiped by the glowing radiance emanating from the string of gems known as the Upanishads, the crown jewels of all the Vedas. You are eternally adored by liberated souls such as Narada and Shukadeva. O Hari-Nama! I take complete shelter of You."

Similarly, Srila Sanatana Goswami has praised the chanting of the holy name as follows in his Brhad-bhagavatamrita (Chapter One, verse 9):

jayati jayati namananda-rupam murarer
kathamapi sakrd-attam muktidam praninam yat
paramam amrtam ekam jivanam bhushanam me

"All glories, all glories to the all-blissful holy name of Sri Krishna, which causes the devotee to give up all conventional religious duties, meditation and worship. When somehow or other uttered even once by a living entity, the holy name awards him liberation. The holy name of Krishna is the highest nectar. It is my very life and my only treasure."

Similarly, the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Tenth Canto, Chapter One, verse 4, states:

bhavaushadhac chrotra-mano-bhiramat
ka uttamashloka-gunanuvadat
puman virajyeta vina pashu-ghnat

"Who but the animal-killer or the killer of the soul will not care to hear glorification of the Supreme Personality of Godhead? Such glorification is enjoyed by persons liberated from the contamination of this material world."

Compiled by by Damaghosa das

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