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Question: It is said here that by chanting the holy name once, one is liberated. Then as devotees who are chanting, are we already liberated from karma, reaction?

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Jayapataka Swami: If you chant the holy name, even accidentally as namabhas, then we get liberation. But we actually want Krsna Prema or pure ecstatic love of Krsna. So, that you get by chanting the offenseless name. Some offence is to chant is a sin on the strength of chanting. So if one thinks that I am liberated, I can sin, then that counteracts the mercy of the holy name. We should avoid sin and chant Hare Krsna, we will be guaranteed to achieve the mercy of the Lord. We should try to avoid the ten offences to the holy name. If someone doesn’t know what the offences are (audio break) commit any offences, just accidentally they chant the holy name. Just like Ajamila, he was calling his son Narayana come here! Narayana eat with me! Narayana go for a walk with me. Narayana! By chanting Narayana again and again, he got mercy. He wasn’t particularly sinning on the strength of chanting. He was sinning but he wasn’t thinking that by chanting I will get rid of the sins. He was chanting his son’s name. So that is what we call namabhas. So that way he was liberated. But we should avoid sinning on the strength of chanting, or committing any other offence. If we do that, then we get freed from the karmic reaction.08-FEBRUARY-2020 SRI MAYAPUR DHAM, INDIA