Offences

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«After surrendering at initiation, you still may sometimes commit offences in worship, and such offences will obstruct your practice of devotion. But if you take shelter of the Name of Krsna in the association of the sadhus, the Name’s shelter will destroy all such offences.

— books Sri Sri Prema-vivarta / Chapter 19. A Collection of Hidden Truths about the Name

«‘Narad asked Sanat Kumar: «O best of the brahmans, what are the offences against the Lord’s Name that destroy and drag the mundane into the soul’s chanting of the Name?»’

— books Sri Sri Prema-vivarta / Chapter 19. A Collection of Hidden Truths about the Name

Thirty-two types of offences in worship are listed in Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa (8.441–8): (1) Entering the Lord’s Temple in a vehicle or while wearing shoes. (2) Not observing the Lord’s birthday and other Pastimes. (3) Not offering obeisance when coming before the Deity. (4) Visiting the Deity without appropriately washing oneself after eating or evacuating. (5) Offering obeisance with one hand. (6) Circumambulating others before the Deity. (7) Spreading your legs before the Deity. (8) Sitting before the Deity while holding up your knees with your forearms. (9) Lying down before the Deity. (10) Eating before the Deity. (11) Telling lies before the Deity. (12) Speaking loudly before the Deity. (13) Conversing privately before the Deity. (14) Crying before the Deity (over a worldly matter). (15) Quarrelling before the Deity. (16) Punishing someone before the Deity. (17) Being charitable to someone before the Deity. (18) Behaving cruelly towards someone. (19) Serving the Deity while covered with a wool, fur, or down blanket. (20) Criticising others before the Deity. (21) Praising others before the Deity. (22) Using foul language before the Deity. (23) Passing air (or belching) before the Deity. (24) Offering low quality articles to the Deity when you are able to provide good quality ones. (25) Taking items for yourself that have not been offered to the Deity. (26) Not offering fruits and grains to the Deity when they come into season. (27) Offering the Deity articles that have partially used by others. (28) Sitting with your back to the Deity. (29) Offering obeisances to others before the Deity (one should offer obeisance to Sri Gurudev before the Deity, but not to Vaisnavas in general). (30) Remaining quiet and not offering praise, obeisance, and so on, before Sri Gurudev. (31) Praising oneself before Sri Gurudev. (32) Criticising the gods.

— books Sri Sri Prema-vivarta / Chapter 19. A Collection of Hidden Truths about the Name

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