Sree Sree Guru Gaurangau Jayatah!
In order to establish how to sing the glories of Supreme Lord Sri Krishna and how to perform Harinam without offence, it is necessary to remember the teachings of authentic scriptures. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur in His explanation of the first verse of Siksastaka, written by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, has stated that there are infinite forms of devotion, of which chanting of the Holy Name is the foremost. Nine principaldevotional forms are stated by Prahlad Maharaj in the seventh canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. Srila Rupa Goswami has given a list of sixty-four kinds of principal devotional forms in his book called Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu. Supreme Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has given the following five principal forms of devotion: Association of sadhus, chanting of the Holy Name, hearing of Srimad Bhagavatam, dwelling in transcendental realm of Mathura Dham, and worship of Deities with firm faith. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has emphatically said that out of these five forms of devotion, Nam-Sankirtan is the best.
bhajanera madhye Srestha nava-vidha bhakti'krsna-prema', 'krsna' dite dhare maha-Sakti tara madhye sarva-Srestha nama-saìkirtana
niraparadhe nama laile paya prema-dhana
Sri Caitanya Caritamrta-- Antya Lila 4.70-71
"Nine forms of devotion are foremost amid all devotional forms. Krishna has got immense power to bestow Krishna-prema. Again, Nama Sankirtan is the best of all forms of devotion. One can get the highest wealth of Krishna-prema by doing Harinam without offences."
The scriptural evidence of Brhad Naradiya Purana gives triple emphasis that there is no other way except Harinam in Kaliyuga- 'Harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam, kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha'. Krishna-dvaipayan Veda Vyas Muni has concluded his last and highest gift, Srimad Bhagavatam, with the following verse:
tam namami harim param
Srimad Bhagavatam 12.13.23
" I bow down to Supreme Lord Hari, the chanting of Whose Name can eradicate the cause of all sins and taking shelter of whom can completely destroy all miseries."
The criterion to understand what we are to do and what we are not to do, is stated in the Padma Purana and is also mentioned in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, as well as in Sri Caitanya Caritamrta (Madhya lila 22.109):
smartavyah satatam visnur vismartavyo na jatucit
sarve vidhi-nisedhah syur etayor eva kiìkarah
The devotional scriptural prescript is always to remember Vishnu and never to forget Him. There may be hundreds of devotional forms. The purpose of the list of devotional forms, or positive assertions, is to remember Krishna and the purpose of the list of prohibitions, or negative assertions, is never to forget Krishna. Any action which may not be in the list of prescribed devotional forms but makes us remember Krishna is allowed, and any action which may not be in the list of prohibitions but makes us forget Krishna is prohibited. The aspirant should carefully try to understand the implication of the devotional scriptural evidence of Vaisnava-cintamani, mentioned in Hari-bhakti-vilas-
agha-cchit smaranam visnor
kirtanam tu tato varam
"It is extremely difficult for conditioned souls to remember Vishnu, Who can eradicate all sins but by moving the lips. Uttering the Holy Name is uttered it is supremely superior to the devotional practice of remembrance." The purpose of remembrance will be well-served by uttering the Holy Name.
Kali-kale nama-rupe krsna-avatara, nama haite haya sarva-jagat-nistara
"Krishna appears in the Form of 'Name' in Kaliyuga. The whole world will be rescued by Nama, the Holy Name."
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj