Srimad Bhagavatham : 6.2.16.




gurunam   ca   laghunam   ca  guruni   ca   laghuni   ca,

prayascittani   papanam   jnatvoktani   maharshibhih.

gurunam  =  heavy;

ca  =  and;

laghunam  =  light;

ca  =  also;

guruni  =  heavy;

ca  =  and;

laghuni  =  light;

ca  =  also;

prayascittani  =  the processes of atonement;

papanam  =  of sinful activities;

jnatva  =  knowing perfectly well;

uktani  =  have been prescribed;

maharshibhih  =  by great sages.

Authorities who are learned scholars and sages have carefully ascertained that one should atone for the heaviest sins by undergoing a heavy process of atonement and one should atone for lighter sins by undergoing lighter atonement. Chanting the Hare Krishna mantram, however, vanquishes all the effects of sinful activities, regardless of whether heavy or light.

To be continued  ...