How is chanting in the washroom not an offense to the holy name?
by Chaitanya CharanNovember 9, 2014
I have heard the story of Gopal Guru Goswami and Lord Chaitanya, but I don’t find it philosophically convincing. When we don’t take the Deity to the washroom, how can we take the namavatar to the washroom?
Hare Krishna Prabhuji
Kali Santarana Upanishad says
” tam hovaca nasya vidhi-riti
sarvada shuci-ashucira va pathan
brahmanam salokya samipya
sarupatam sayujyatam eti. ”
Lord Brahma replied, “There are no rules and regulations to chant this maha-mantra. It should be chanted always irrespective of whether one is in a pure or impure condition.
Thus it is clear that ,there are no restrictions for chanting of Hare Krishna Mahamantra . external conditions may be pure or impure ,that does not matter.
And Srila Prabhupada have also approved the above point in his letter to Minoru, Kenji — Los Angeles 22 April, 1970 as follows :
” Even when you are walking, you can softly chant Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, or even when you are on the bus going to somewhere you can also chant. When you are working with your hands you can also chant and when you are resting or going to take rest you can also chant. Even in your toilet room while taking bath you can also chant. In this way there is no limitation or restriction for chanting this Holy Name of God, Krishna, and His Energy, Hara ”
Thus one should carefully avoiding the ten offenses against the holy name , and with devotional mood of surrender , should chant the holy names of Krishna ,irrespective of the external situation .