By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
Previously, when engaged in sinful activities to maintain his family, Ajāmila chanted the name of Nārāyana, but he did so without offense. To chant the holy name of the Lord just to counteract one’s sinful activities, or to commit sinful activities on the strength of chanting the holy name, is offensive (nāmno balād yasya hi pāpa-buddhih). But although Ajāmila engaged in sinful activities, he never chanted the holy name of Nārāyana to counteract them; he simply chanted the name Nārāyana to call his son. Therefore his chanting was effective. Because he chanted the holy name in this way, he had already vanquished the accumulated sinful reactions of many, many lives. The conclusion is that one who always chants the holy name of the Lord without offense is always pure. As confirmed in these verses, Ajāmila was already sinless, and because he chanted the name of Nārāyana he remained sinless. It did not matter that he was calling his son; the name itself was effective.
CHANTING OF KRISHNA’S NAME IS RECOMMENDED
– NOT YOUR WIFE’S
Foolish persons say that one can chant any name, even a demigod’s name, and get the same result as chanting the holy name of the Lord. This is Māyāvāda philosophy. The Māyāvādīs think that everyone is God; they say, “The demigods are God, I am God, you are God.” Therefore they say one can chant any name and become liberated. In Bengal it is very popular to hold a kālī-kīrtana. A party of people meet and chant, “Kālī! Kālī! Kālī!” or the names of so many so-called avatāras. One rascal added his wife’s name to the chanting, and his foolish followers Continue reading
[An excerpt from “A Second Chance – The Story of a Near-Death Experience”, available at your nearest Hare Krishna Center]