Srimad Bhagavatham : 6.2.12.




naikantikam  tad  dhi  krtepi  nishkrte

manah  punar  dhavati  ced  asat-pathe

tat  karma-nirharam   abhipsatam   harer

gunanuvadah  khalu  sattva-bhavanah.

na  =  not;

aikantikam  =  absolutely cleansed;

tat  =  the heart;

hi  =  because;

krte  =  very nicely performed;

api  =  although;

nishkrte  =  atonement;

manah  =  the mind;

punah  =  again;

dhavati  =  runs;

cet  =  if;

asat-pathe  =  on the path of material activities;

tat  =  therefore;

karma-nirharam  =  cessation of the fruitive reactions of material activities;

abhipsatam  =  for those who seriously want;

hareh  =  of the Supreme Personality of Godhead;

guṇa-anuvādaḥ—constant chanting of the glories;

khalu  =  indeed;

sattva-bhavanah  =  actually purifying one’s existence.

The ritualistic ceremonies of atonement recommended in the religious scriptures are insufficient to cleanse the heart absolutely because after atonement one’s mind again runs toward material activities. Consequently, for one who wants liberation from the fruitive reactions of material activities, the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantram, or glorification of the name, fame and pastimes of the Lord, is recommended as the most perfect process of atonement because such chanting eradicates the dirt from one’s heart completely.

To be continued  ...