By Niraj Bidawatka
Prabhupada has given a very simple definition of religion. Srila Prabhupada, in one of his lectures. defines Religion as “Law of God.”
When we violate the laws of God, it is called sin.
As the proportion of sins increases, suffering increases.
Our inherent nature is to remain happy. No one wants unhappiness.
But due to the stock of our past and present sins, we are forced to suffer.
This suffering can be stopped by chanting Hare Krishna because the holy name of God has the power to destroy our sins.
Therefore you find the Hare Krishna devotees chanting the holy name of God on the streets around the world.
The passersby, even if they unknowingly hear the holy name of Krishna, they get immense spiritual benefit. Even trees, birds and animals get benefitted by hearing the transcendental sound vibration of Hare Krishna.
It is mentioned in the authorized scriptures that the holy name of Krishna has so much power of erasing sins, that one is not able to commit as many sins as much as it has the power to erase them. The exact verse is quoted and translated by Srila Prabhupada in the purport to SB 6.2.7, which is as follows:
namno hi yavati saktih papa−nirharane hareh
tavat kartum na saknoti patakam pataki narah
“Simply by chanting one holy name of Hari, a sinful man can counteract the reactions to more sins that he is able to commit.” (Brhad−visnu Purana)