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Hare Krsna prabhuji,
Taking the name of lord once, if done offencelessly, can clear away the sins of a person.
Typically, our sins are so much that what we get is called agyaat sukriti - unknown good fortune. It keeps adding to our kitty of agyaat sukriti till we have done enough such acts to actually get the mercy of the lord or His devotees.
Radha Rasamayi DD
Hare Krishna ,AGTSP
In the Vishnu Purana: "He who does not abandon his specific varna-dharma, who is equiposed, who is a well-wisher to his enemies, who does not steal, who does not injure anyone, and who is steady in his mind, he is understood as a Vishnu-bhakta." Thus a simple definition of being a Vaishnava is presented.
In the Skanda Purana, Markandeya instructs Bhagiratha: "Those people for whom the purpose of life is religion, for whom the purpose of sexual intercourse are children, and for whom the purpose of cooking is to serve the brahmins, they are Vaishnavas."
A Vaishnava is distinguished from a non-Vaishnava by his indifference to anything other than Lord Krishna and His service.The more a devotee develops this quality, the more advanced he is.
In his Sri Chaitanya-Shikshamrita (3.2), Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura describes devotees of varying grades:
Broadly speaking there are two categories of Vaishnavas, namely ordinary Vaishnavas and transcendentally situated Vaishnavas.
The ordinary Vaishnavas are of three classes: those who believe in the philosophy of Krishna consciousness but do not practice strictly, those who accept the markings of a Vaishnava and respect the Vaishnavas but do not practice strictly themselves, and those who are from Vaishnava families and wear the marks of a Vaishnava but do not practice strictly.
In India one can readily see examples of these three classes of ordinary Vaishnavas. They can be elevated by associating with transcendentally situated devotees.
Three Categories of Transcendentally Situated Vaishnavas
Transcendentally situated Vaishnavas belong to one of three categories, depending on their advancement in terms of chanting the holy name, degree of faith, and realization of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
1. Advancement in Chanting
In the Chaitanya-charitamrita (Madhya 16.72) Lord Chaitanya defines an essential characteristic of the madhyama-adhikari:
A person who is always chanting the holy name of the Lord is to be considered [an advanced] Vaishnava, and your duty is to serve his lotus feet." Citing Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati in his purport to this verse, Srila Prabhupada writes, "A neophyte devotee simply tries to chant the holy name, whereas the advanced devotee is accustomed to chanting and takes pleasure in it. Such an advanced devotee is called madhyama-bhagavata, which indicates that he has attained the intermediate stage between the neophyte and the perfect devotee.
Two verses later, Lord Chaitanya describes the uttama-adhikari:
A first-class Vaishnava is he whose very presence makes others chant the holy name of Krishna.
2. Advancement in Faith
Srila Rupa Gosvami distinguishes among three levels of spiritual advancement in terms of degrees of faith:
One whose faith is not very strong, who is just beginning, should be considered a neophyte devotee. [Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu 1.2.19, quoted in Chaitanya-charitamrita Madhya 22.70] He who does not know scriptural argument very well but who has firm faith is called an intermediate, or second-class, devotee. [Bhakti rasamrita-sindhu. 1.2.18, quoted in Chaitanya-charitamrita. Madhya 22.68]
One who is expert in logic and understanding of revealed scriptures, and who always has firm conviction and deep faith that is not blind, is to be considered a topmost devotee in devotional service. [Bhakti rasamrita-sindhu. 1.2.17, quoted in Cc. Madhya 222.66]
3. Advancement via Realization of Krishna
In the Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.2.47) there is a description of the third-, second- and first-class devotees in terms of their realization of Krishna:
A prakata, or materialistic devotee, does not purposefully study the shastra and try to understand the actual standard of pure devotional service. Consequently he does not show proper respect to advanced devotees. He may, however, follow the regulative principles learned from his spiritual master or from his family who worships the Deity. He is to be considered on the material platform, although he is trying to advance in devotional service. Such a person is a bhakta-praya [neophyte devotee], or bhaktabhasa, for he is a little enlightened by Vaishnava philosophy. But one who does not show proper respect to the devotees and to others is known as a materialistic devotee. [Srimad Bhagavatam. 11.2.47, quoted in Cc. Madhya 22.74]
An intermediate, second-class devotee shows love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is friendly to all devotees and is very merciful to neophytes and ignorant people. The intermediate devotee neglects those who are envious of devotional service. [Srimad Bhagavatam. 11.2.46, quoted in Cc. Madhya 22.73]
A person advanced in devotional service sees within everything the soul of souls, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. Consequently he always sees the form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead as the cause of all causes and understands that all things are situated in Him. [Srimad Bhagavatam. 11.2.45, quoted in Cc. Madhya 22.72]
My milkman name was Krishna. My newspaper delivery guy's name was Rama. Like this in India many people are named after Krishna, Rama and some many other names of Krishna also. example. gopi, narayan, madhusudhan...etc.
Every time we are taking the name of these people we are doing away with countless sins.. That is why in olden days it was made a rule to put God's names to kids so that, without intention also taking the name could be burning sins.
Do you remember the story of Ajamila?
Ajamila though did many sins throughout his lifetime..Only good deed that he did was to name his last son Narayana.. and at the time of his death he unknowingly without intention called out the name of his son ...but that too was rewarded and Vishnudoots came to save him from the clutches of Yama dootas. And he was given another chance to rectify his mistakes.
Taking the name intentionally or unintentionally Lord's name is so powerful that it burns sins like wildfire..said Prahalad Maharaj in his prayer to the Lord.. In Hari Ashtakam.
Harir harathi dushta chithair api smrutha,
Anichayapi samsprushto dahathyevahi pavaka.
Annichayapi= without ichhha.. without intention ..also taken the name of Hari can burn sins like wildfire then what to say of those who loveling take the name of Lord.?
Those who take the name of Lord without intention simply, jokingly or just for fun also....It burns sins.
Like for example...There are two patients..one of them is a doctor who knows the action of medicines..how it works ....another is a just a layman..who doesn't know anything about the medicine....but simply gobbles up.. does the medicine see any difference between a knower of its potency and the layman? No medicine works and does its duty.
So.. also the name of the Lord is so potent that it will burn sins even if you know its potency or simply take the name without knowing its efficiency.
So..by taking the name of lord they don't become Vaishnava but they sure can burn sins..
Vaishnava is a person who follows a guru paramapara and who does 4 regulative principles perfectly..!!!
Who is kind in his words and deeds to all creatures ..who see Krishna in all beings and never hurts anyone....becoz he finds Krishna in all beings..
If anyone chants the name once..he may burn some of his sins that is for sure!!!