Quality Chanting of the Name
Devotee (8): When chanting our sixteen rounds, we are not sure if
these rounds are sincere...
Prabhupada: You should be sure.
Devotee (8): How can we be sure?
Prabhupada: There is beads.
Brahmananda: No, he's saying that when we chant our rounds, how can we
be sure that when we chant the round that the round is a perfect,
attentive round, sincere?
Prabhupada: Therefore it is sastra, "You must." There is no question
Brahmananda: The quality of the chanting he's asking. How can we make
the quality the best?
Prabhupada: Quality, you'll understand first of all come to the
quantity. Without having quality, how he'll understand the quality?
You follow the instruction of your spiritual master, of the sastra.
That is your duty.
Quality, no quality *** it is not your position to understand. When
the quality comes there is no force. You will have a taste for
chanting. *** That is quality, automatically. Just like Haridasa
Thakura was doing. He was not forced to do. Even Caitanya Mahaprabhu,
He requested, "Now you are old enough. You can reduce." So he refused,
"No. Up to the end of my life I shall go on." That is quality. Have
you got such tendency that you will go on chanting and nothing to do?
That is quality. Now you are forced to do. Where is the question of
quality? That is given a chance so that one day you may come to the
quality, not that you have come to the quality. Quality is different.
Asakti, attachment. Just like Rupa Gosvami says that "How shall I
chant with one tongue, and how shall I hear, two ears? Had it been
millions of tongue and trillions of ear, then I could enjoy it." This
is quality. Quality is not so cheap. Maybe after many births.
For the time being you go on following the rules and regulations. It
is being done by force. Where is the quality? So you wanted to
understand quality. This is the quality. You'll not be forced, but
automatically you'll desire. That is quality.
I am writing books. I am not being forced by anyone. Everyone can do
that. Why one does not do it? Why I get up at night, one o'clock, and
do this job? Because I cannot do without it. How one will do it
artificially? This is quality. Therefore they like my purports.
That quality is shown by Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Sunyayitam jagat sarvam
govinda virahena me. "Oh, I do not see Govinda. The whole world is
vacant." Sunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda virahena me. This is quality.
Just like we have got practical example. One man's beloved has died,
and he is seeing the whole universe vacant. Is it vacant? So that is
quality of love. So there is no formula of quality. It is to be
understood by himself. Just like if after eating something you feel
refreshed and get strength, that is quality. You haven't got to take
certificate: "Will you give me a certificate that I have eaten?"
You'll understand whether eaten or not. That is quality. When you will
feel so much ecstasy in chanting Hare Krsna, that is quality. This is
in expectation that someday you may come to quality. That requires
time. That requires sincerity. But quality is there. Sravanadi suddha
citte karaye... It will be awakened. Not by force. Just like love
between two persons, it cannot be forced. "You must love him. You must
love her." Oh, that is no love. That is not love. When automatically
you love one another, that is quality. Dora vede (?) prema.
Quality Chanting of the Name