by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Mahasaya | 2010 | 123,965 words

The Bhajana-rahasya Text 4, English translation, including commentary (vritti). The Bhajana-rahasya is a compilation of verses describing the mercy of the eight pairs of names (Yugala-nama) of the Maha-mantra. This is text 4 belonging to the chapter “Prathama-yama-sadhana (Nishanta-bhajana–shraddha)” representing the last six dandas of the night: approximately 3.30 a.m.–6.00 a.m.

The Bṛhad-viṣṇu Purāṇa states that other kinds of atonement (prāyaścitta ) are not necessary for one who chants the holy name:

नाम्नो’स्य यावती शक्तिः पाप-निर्हरणे हरेः
तावत् कर्तुं न शक्नोति पातकं पातकी जनः

nāmno’sya yāvatī śaktiḥ pāpa-nirharaṇe hareḥ
tāvat kartuṃ na śaknoti pātakaṃ pātakī janaḥ

Śrī Hari’s name possesses such potency to destroy sins that it can counteract more sins than even the most sinful person is able to commit.

कोन प्रायश्चित्त नहे नामेर समान
अतएव कर्म-त्याग करे बुद्धिमान्

kona prāyaścitta nahe nāmera samāna
ataeva karma-tyāga kare buddhimān

Commentary: Bhajana-rahasya-vṛtti:

The scriptures describe methods of atonement for many kinds of sins. By chanting śrī harināma, however, all kinds of sins are destroyed. Therefore, no other kind of atonement is required for one who is chanting the holy name. Nāma Prabhu has the capacity to destroy more sins than a sinful man is able to commit: eka hari-nāme yata pāpa hare, pāpī haya tata pāpa karibāre nare.

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