Sins do not affect a person who chants the name of Hari incessantly. He becomes wealthy too. Is there a simpler way than this to attain God? Don't think of making your body and mind pure before chanting the Divine Name. That is the very reason for chanting the divine name! Nama Kirtan has no rules!
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Question: The Shastras say 'Matru-devo bhava' and 'Pitru-devo bhava'. Some say 'my parents don't want me to practice spirituality and since the parents are the first Guru, then following their order is highest Dharma'! Most of the time people use this as excuse to not practice spirituality! Furthermore, when one surrenders to a Guru - they may come across instructions from parents and other 'revered' people in society which may conflict with the orders of the Preceptor. How is one meant to deal with such situations to maintain harmony inside and outside?
The ways of Dharma are subtle. Samanya dharma (common Dharma) shows that Mata and Pitha are to be revered as Deva.
The order is Mata and Pitha should lead a child to a Spiritual Guru, who in turn leads him to God. Bhagavatha Dharma (Srimad Bhagavatam) says, a Mata who stops spiritual development of her child is no mother at all, likewise with a father or relatives or even a so called Guru!
So Shastras are clear that when it comes to spirituality, a mother is a mother only when she plays the role of the mother in being conducive to spiritual growth of the ward.
If you take Prahlada's example, his father told him to drink poison, he did it without asking a question; his father ordered that he be trampled by elephants, he implicitly obeyed, His father asked him not to chant Narayana Nama, - that he did not obey, as even a father has no right to stop spiritual awakening of his child.
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