Srimad Bhagavatham : 6.3.31.




tasmat  sankirtanam  vishnor  jagan-mangalam  amhasam,

mahatam  api  kauravya  viddhy  aikantika-nishkrtam.

tasmat  =  therefore; 

sankirtanam  =  the congregational chanting of the holy name; 

vishnoh  =  of Lord Vishnu; 

jagat-mangalam  =  the most auspicious performance within this material world; 

amhasam  =  for sinful activities; 

mahatam api  =  even though very great; 

kauravya  =  O descendant of the Kuru family; 

viddhi  =  understand; 

aikantika  =  the ultimate; 

nishkrtam  =  atonement.


Sri Suka  Brahmarishi  continued: My dear King, the chanting of the holy name of the Lord is able to uproot even the reactions of the greatest sins. 

We should note that although Ajamila chanted the name of Narayana imperfectly, he was delivered from all sinful reactions. 

The chanting of the holy name is so auspicious that it can free everyone from the reactions of sinful activities. 

One should not conclude that one may continue to sin with the intention of chanting Hare Krishna to neutralize the reactions. 

Rather, one should be very careful to be free from all sins and never think of counteracting sinful activities by chanting the Hare Krishna mantram,  for this is another offense. 

If by chance a devotee accidentally performs some sinful activity, the Lord will excuse him, but one should not intentionally perform sinful acts.

To be continued  ....