Why should we read scriptures if Chanting alone takes one to Krishna?

Why should we read scriptures if Chanting alone takes one to Krishna?

A girl devotee asked like this:

“Hare krishna prabhhu ji …. is it compulsory to know about vedas n shastra n other precious things abt god to preaching the lords of lord …. If one person chanting mahamantra hare krishna regularly … so it is important to knw abt ol shastra n vedas”


I had ordered a table with lockers for my work.  The carpenter purchased all the required things and prepared the table in my office itself.  When he was doing his work, I talked to him.  He said:

“Sir,  I was doing this same carpenter job in my village.  However, as the population of my village is very small, I did not get daily work.  So, I wanted to expand my works in city.  However, I thought that though I am very talented, I thought if I learn making the modern types of furniture according to the needs of the modern world, I can do still better in city.   So, I worked in a carpenter shop in this city and learnt everything about modern furniture.  Then, I opened my own firm for making the furniture.   Now, I have 10 employees with me.  I am very busy now”.

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I appreciated his correct understanding of this world, ie, only the fittest can survive here.  He was somehow managing in his small village. But, when he came to settle in the city, he learnt the culture of the city that expect the best in everything, taste and the latest developments in the carpenter field.  That is why, he grew very fast and now very busy.

Same applies in this matter of Why we should read scriptures though Chanting alone takes one to Krishna.  Chanting is accompanied by reading about Lord, it will fasten our growth in Krishna Consciousness.  Actually Chanting is the Primary sadhana one should adopt sincerely.   Chanting itself will take a person to Krishna’s abode because, Lord resides in His Name in this kaliyuga. When we start to chant, Lord comes and starts to dance on our tongue as said by Srila Prabhupada. And, As soon as we start to chant, a direct link is established between us(athma) and Lord(Paramathma).

So, Chanting is the Primary sadhana and that alone is sufficient.  There is no doubt.  But, that chanting should be done without any offences and we should not involve in any prohibited acts when we increase our chanting day by day.  We must start to abandon prohibited acts that will make us to chant without offences.  For example, if a boy chants Hare Krishna thinking that he must finish the chanting earlier and then go and meet his girl friend for having pleasures,  what will be the benefit in that chanting?


So, we have to purify our thoughts.  So, we have to follow certain regulations.  The Scriptures speak about various disciplinary codes for us and many secrets about these creations and so many details about the Lord, Demigods, Celestials, etc.

So, when the ordinary persons who involve in some prohibited activities read such scriptures, they can be easily cleansed fast and can come up in devotional practice and can attain Lord WITHIN THIS BIRTH.

However, if a person is already following all regulative principles sincerely and are fearing for sinning AND ATTAINED THE KRISHNA PREMA, such a person does not require any reading to go back to the Lord within this birth.  Chanting is enough.

But, all of us are still in the practising stage and we are sadhakas, not Krishna Premis or Paramahamsas.  We have the risk of getting carried away by the powerful material nature. We have seen even some so called sanyasis have been carried away by the material nature.

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To get convinced that Krishna is more powerful than the material nature and its controller, we need some knowledge about Krishna.

I heard a lecture of H.H.Bhanu Swami Maharaj who clearly said that to perform Bhakti yoga better, Gnana Yoga is very important. That is understandable. Since we are contaminated with material attachments, we need Gnana yoga, ie, knowledge about Krishna to effectively fight with the material nature and shine well in devition.

For example, there are so many sinners who were transformed as devotees after reading the Books of Srila Prabhupada. The books about Krishna are more effective as they are capable to transform sinning people into devotees.  If we advice those sinners to just chant and no reading, he may chant, but, may be with offences, ie, he will chant as well as involve in prohibited acts also.

Reading the literature about the Lord will also keep us always in the thoughts of Krishna. We will be engaging with Krishna by reading the literature about Hm.

Since the Gopis and some exalted devotees were already pure souls, they did not need any such practices.

But, we have plenty of anarthas, ie, impurities of material attachments. So, we need such scriptures to cleanse ourselves.

Thus, to transform and purify the minds of people, reading scriptures are recommended.

Hope you are clear about why we should read scriptures.

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Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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