SRI DASA-VIDHA NAMAPARADHA|
The Ten Offences to the Holy Name
(to be carefully avoided by the devotee)
hari-nama mahamantra sarvva-mantra-sara
yadera karunabale jagate pracara
sei nama-parayana sadhu, mahajana
tahhadera ninda na kariha kadacana 
vrajendranandana krishna sarvvesvaresvara
mahesvara adi tara sevana-tatpara
nama chintamani krishna-chaitanya-svarupa
bheda-jnana na karibe lila-guna-rupa 
"guru krishna-rupa han sastrera pramane
guru-rupe krishna kripa kare bhagyavane"
se gurute marttya-buddhi avajnadi tyaji
ista-labha kara, nirantara nama bhaji 
sruti, sruti-mata saha satvata purana
sri-nama-charana-padma kare nirajana
sei sruti-sastra yeba karaye nindana
se aparadhira sanga karibe varjjana 
namera mahima sarvva-sastrete vakhane
atistuti, hena kabhu na bhaviha mane
agastya, ananta, brahma, sivadi satata
ye nama-mahima-gatha sankirttana rata
se nama-mahima-sindhu ke paibe para?
ati-stuti bole yei-sei duracara 
krishna-namavali nitya golokera dhana
kalpita, prakrita, bhave - apardhi-jana 
name sarvva-papa-ksaya sarvva-sastre kaya
sara-dina papa kari sei bharasaya -
emata durbbuddhi yara sei aparadhi
maya-pravañcita, duhkha bhuñje niravadhi 
atulya sri-krishna-nama purna-rasa-nidhi
tara sama na bhaviha subha-karmma adi 
name sraddha-hina-jana - vidhata-vañchita
tare nama dane aparadha suniscita 
suniyao krishna-nama-mahatmya apara
ye priti-rahita, sei naradhama chara
ahamta mamata yara antare bahire
suddha krishna-nama tara kabhu nahi sphure 
ei dasa-aparddha kariya varjjana
ye sujana kare hari-nama sankirttana
apurvva sri-krishna-prema labhya tara haya
nama-prabhu tara hride nitya vilasaya 
Hare Krishna 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 -
dare not show them hate.
Lord Krishna, 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 Krishna incarnate -
His Pastimes, Nature, Form also
think not separate.
"Guru's a form of Krishna-
the Scriptures corroborate;
In the form of Guru,
Krishna 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 Gayattri
Illuminate the Lotus Feet
of Sri Hari's Name;
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 Krishna -
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 Krishna -
the treasure of ecstasy:
Never dare compare it with
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 Krishna's Name,
Those whose hearts don't melt in love
are rascals of ill fame;
Only pride and avarice
their thoughts and words do yield
The Pure Name of Krishna
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 Krishna
they will surely savour,
The Name Divine Himself will shine
within their hearts forever.
Tridandi-bhiksu Sri Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math,
Kolergañj, Nabadwip, Nadia
2nd April, 1989
(Rendered into English by Sripad Bhakti Ananda Sagar Maharaj. Unedited by Sri Guru Vandana.)
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