Deliverance from sinful reactions and benedictory verses

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    Saksham
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    I was reading one of your old articles: Does Prayer Alleviate Suffering? – Shabda Blog In it you have explained that when Krishna says in bg 18.66 about delivering from all sinful reactions, he means from the sinful reactions incurred after engaging ourself in devotional service due to neglecting other lesser duties, not of the past lives or past bad deeds. But from what I have read and heard Prabhupada many times explains this verse by focusing on sarva-pāpebhyo and then he says that Krishna is guaranteeing to protect and free the devotee from all sinful reactions even of the past lives. How to understand this?

    I have one more question too. Many times when I read ashtakams or stotrams sometimes in the last verse the benediction of hearing or singing the work is mentioned. But these benedictions sound like exaggerations. Like in the guru-ashtakam the benediction is like this :- One who, with great care and alteration, loudly recites this beautiful prayer to the spiritual master during the Brahma-muhurta obtains direct service to Krsna, the Lord of Vrndavana, at the time of his death. Apart from this there are many examples like every ekadashi observance has its benedictions and it is further mentioned that even if one just hears about the glories of ekadashi then all the sins of the person get destroyed. Various mahatmayas also mention benedictions for just hearing or reciting a scripture. So how to understand these benedictions? Like are they exagerated glorification or there is a caveat that I am missing?

    #15314
    Ashish Dalela
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    I have explained the removal of sinful reactions many times. Here is one: The Effect of Yoga on Prarabdha Karma. There are a few others like this. You can please search and find them.

    One who, with great care and alteration, loudly recites this beautiful prayer to the spiritual master during the Brahma-muhurta obtains direct service to Krsna, the Lord of Vrndavana, at the time of his death.

    There is no exaggeration. If the prayer says that Guru is as good as God, then you cannot accept someone who is not as good as God as a guru. We cannot appoint a pillar as a guru and expect it to deliver us from material entanglement. We have to find the proper guru. But the reality is that people accept ordinary people as gurus, about whom even they have doubts, but they keep going with the flow to avoid creating any disturbance in their life, and they expect to get the ideal results. That is not chanting with care. When we say that guru is as good as God it means only those who are as good as God are gurus. Singing for that guru with devotion is singing for God with devotion.

    Some people drink alcohol. You can tell them: Don’t drink alcohol because it will ruin your health. They will say: Yes, yes, I know. You are not telling me anything new. And then they go on drinking. Do you call that listening attentively? Or is it sound entering through one ear and exiting the other? Listening attentively means bringing a change in one’s life. Otherwise, you are not listening.

    Apart from this there are many examples like every ekadashi observance has its benedictions and it is further mentioned that even if one just hears about the glories of ekadashi then all the sins of the person get destroyed.

    There is no exaggeration here too. Just by chanting Hare Krishna all the sins can be destroyed. So, Ekadasi is the day of the Lord, and even singing about that day can destroy all sins. It may take a longer time, but it can be done. There are hundreds of processes given in Vedic texts. They say: Just by doing this you can achieve perfection. It is true. The timespan is not given. Just like if you take small steps, then you can complete the journey. If you take big steps, then too you can complete the journey. If you go through a short route, you can complete the journey. If you go through a long route also you can complete the journey. These things are given because some people can take long steps and others can take short steps. Some people like the scenery on the long route and some people prefer to go through the rough route if it is short. Different strokes for different folks.

    Various mahatmayas also mention benedictions for just hearing or reciting a scripture. So how to understand these benedictions? Like are they exagerated glorification or there is a caveat that I am missing?

    You can understand it as a medicine that has many types of delivery vehicles. The medicine can be delivered through yellow, red, or blue pills. Some of them may be sweet, some of them may be sour, and some may be bittersweet. Some medicine has to be powdered, mixed into water, and then drunk. Some can be put into syrup. Some have to be chewed. Some have to be taken with some specific type of food. Some have to be directly injected into the bloodstream through an injection. The medicine also has many different dosages. A 10mg medicine has a slower effect than a 25mg medicine. The medicine is the same. But delivery vehicles are different.

    The Vedic system is a massive pharmacy. Each person is suffering from one basic illness and many different superficial symptoms. Under those symptoms, they can easily consume the medicine in one form instead of another. Sometimes you take medicine in one delivery vehicle for 10 days and then in another delivery vehicle for 10 days. All these are effective. One delivery vehicle may be more effective for some people and less effective for others. Accordingly, there is a pharmacy.

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