Aug 102012

Giriraj Swami read and spoke from Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.4.18 for Srila Prabhupada’s appearance day in Los Angeles.

“Although it is very simple instruction — ‘Chant and be happy’ — it has deep significance. To actually be happy, one must chant properly. And it is easy to chant properly: just chant and don’t commit offenses. Offenses are really what hold us back. Because if we chant and then commit offenses, out hearts don’t get purified — especially if we commit the worst offense: vaisnava-aparadha, or sadhu-ninda (offending devotees, or blaspheming devotees). If we can avoid that and chant, we can chant and be happy, and we can make others happy by our association. And the best way to avoid criticizing devotees is to appreciate them. We are around them all the time, so we are going to be talking about them. So we should glorify them. We should appreciate their service, however big or small, and glorify them. That will also purify our hearts and enable the purifying process of chanting and hearing about Krishna to act with full force.”