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Please Follow Very Carefully

Please follow very carefully the four restrictions of no eating of meat, fish or eggs; no gambling; no illicit sex; and no taking of any kinds of intoxicants. Chant at least sixteen rounds on your beads daily without fail and avoid the ten offenses in the matter of chanting the Holy Names of the Lord. They are:

1) Blaspheming the Lord's devotee;
2) Considering the Lord, Krsna, on the same level with the demi-gods or assuming that there are many Gods;
3) Neglecting the order of the Spiritual Master;
4) Minimizing the authority of the Scriptures;
5) Interpreting the Holy Name of God;
6) Committing sin on the strength of chanting;
7) Instructing the glories of the Lord's Name to the unfaithful;
8) Comparing the Holy Name with mundane piety;
9) Inattention while chanting the Holy Name; and
10) Attachment to material things while engaged in the practice of chanting.

Letter to Aditi Devi Dasi – 29 September, 1970

* Note: Inattention is included in the list of 10 offenses

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