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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 [1]

vrajendranandana krishna sarvvesvaresvara
          mahesvara adi tara sevana-tatpara
nama chintamani krishna-chaitanya-svarupa
          bheda-jnana na karibe lila-guna-rupa [2]

"guru krishna-rupa han sastrera pramane
          guru-rupe krishna kripa kare bhagyavane"
se gurute marttya-buddhi avajnadi tyaji
          ista-labha kara, nirantara nama bhaji [3]

sruti, sruti-mata saha satvata purana
          sri-nama-charana-padma kare nirajana
sei sruti-sastra yeba karaye nindana
          se aparadhira sanga karibe varjjana [4]

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 [5]

krishna-namavali nitya golokera dhana
          kalpita, prakrita, bhave - apardhi-jana [6]

name sarvva-papa-ksaya sarvva-sastre kaya
          sara-dina papa kari sei bharasaya -
emata durbbuddhi yara sei aparadhi
          maya-pravañcita, duhkha bhuñje niravadhi [7]

atulya sri-krishna-nama purna-rasa-nidhi
          tara sama na bhaviha subha-karmma adi [8]

name sraddha-hina-jana - vidhata-vañchita
          tare nama dane aparadha suniscita [9]

suniyao krishna-nama-mahatmya apara
          ye priti-rahita, sei naradhama chara
ahamta mamata yara antare bahire
          suddha krishna-nama tara kabhu nahi sphure [10]

ei dasa-aparddha kariya varjjana
          ye sujana kare hari-nama sankirttana
apurvva sri-krishna-prema labhya tara haya
          nama-prabhu tara hride nitya vilasaya [11]

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
          and Srimad-Bhagavatam
Illuminate the Lotus Feet
          of Sri Hari's Name;
Whoever vilifies
          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
          auspicious piety.

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.

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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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