Srila Prabhupada descended on this planet with the main purpose of waking up sleeping souls and giving them the highest knowledge by which they can not only be freed from all the sufferings of this material world, but also experience a truly happy life. The process that he gave us for waking up from the deep slumber is the chanting process. This process is so nice and simply joyful. Srila Prabhupada stressed on this process in all his lectures, books and conversations, using different words and expressions to tell us how seriously we must take to this process of chanting.
Awakening Process. Srila Prabhupada called this a process of awakening the sleeping soul. A sleeping person can be woken up only by sound vibration. The transcendental sound of Hare Krishna maha-mantra awakens a soul sleeping in ignorance to real knowledge.
Cleansing Process. It is a cleansing process to clean our heart from the contamination of the material world. Chanting Hare Krishna maha-mantra completely cleanses the heart from all material contamination like lust, anger, greed, illusion, madness and envy. Hence you called chanting as the cleansing process.
Direct Process. Srila Prabhupada also said that chanting is the direct process for self-realization. He gave the following example in this connection: If one wants to reach the topmost floor of a 100-storey building, then he may either go through the staircase which is a step-by-step process of reaching the top, or he can take the elevator which can take one within a few seconds directly to the topmost floor. In the same way, all other processes of self-realization are like the step-by-step process, but chanting is the direct process for self-realization.
Easiest Process. Chanting means repeating the simple names of Hare, Krishna and Rama, which is so easy, and it can be done anytime, anywhere and by anyone. So it is the easiest process.
Guaranteed Process. Chanting is a guaranteed process for success in spiritual life. However, Srila Prabhupada cautioned us by quoting his spiritual master who said: “Although this process is guaranteed, but don't wait for another life. Finish this business in this life.”
Hearing Process. Once Srila Prabhupada said: “As you chant, try to hear each word very carefully and always complete your sixteen rounds.” The process is to hear the sound vibrations attentively. This hearing process will cure us completely.
Inexpensive Process. Chanting is available freely for everyone. There is no expenditure, no loss and it is very beneficial for everyone.
Joyful Process. Anyone who chants the Hare Krishna maha-mantra becomes happy and joyful: kevala ānanda-kāṇḍa. Chanting is so joyful that it relieves us from our anxieties and makes us dance during sankirtana.
Krishna conscious Process. Srila Prabhupada writes, “As soon as the mind is engaged in the Krishna consciousness process – specifically by chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare – then the wild horses of the mind will gradually come under our control.”
Linking Process. By chanting we get linked up or connected to God and connecting to God means that we are connected to his infinite opulence, power, knowledge, mercy etc.
Medicinal Process. Right now we are in a diseased state of existence and the only medicine to cure us from this disease is the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. enechi auṣadhi māyā nāśibāra lāgi' hari-nāma-mahā-mantra lao tumi māgi'. Srila Prabhupada said hearing the holy name is the medicinal process for cleansing the heart.
Meditation Process. Chanting is the best form of meditation. There is no difference between Krishna, the personality; and Krishna, the holy name: abhinnatvān nāma-nāminoḥ. So chanting Krishna’s holy name is as good as meditating on Krishna. Therefore chanting is both meditation on the holy name and meditation on Krishna and hence chanting is called the meditation process. Srila Prabhupada called chanting the practical meditation process.
Nice Process. Srila Prabhupada wrote in the book Transcendental Teachings of Prahlada Maharaja: Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is so kind that He says, "Better late than never.” Even though you missed the opportunity to begin Krishna consciousness from childhood, begin now, in whatever position you are." That is Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's teaching. He never said, "Because you did not begin Krishna consciousness from your childhood, you cannot make progress." No. He is very kind. He has given us this nice process of chanting hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare / hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare. Whether you are young or old – no matter what you are – just begin.”
Perfect Process. Srila Prabhupada wrote in the purport to one of the verses in Srimad Bhagavatam, “For one who wants liberation from the fruitive reactions of material activities, the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, or glorification of the name, fame and pastimes of the Lord, is recommended as the most perfect process of atonement because such chanting eradicates the dirt from one's heart completely.”
Quick Process. In an interview on March 1968 in San Francisco Srila Prabhupada said, “Meditation is there in our process, but it is a very quick process. What is that? We loudly chant Hare Krishna. So even if your mind is diverted to some other subject, you will be forced to hear Hare Krishna”
Real Process. In the book “Journey of Self Discovery” Srila Prabhupada writes, “We have the real process for changing people's minds: chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. ceto-darpana-marjanam. This process cleanses the heart of material desires.”
Supreme Process. In a Bhagavad-gita lecture in New York on August, 1966 you said, “This harer nāma harer nāma harer nāmaiva kevalam, oh, this is the easiest and the most, I mean to say, supreme process.”
Transcendental Process. Srila Prabhupada writes in the “Science of Self Realization” book – “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare is the transcendental process for reviving this original, pure consciousness. By chanting this transcendental vibration, we can cleanse away all misgivings within our hearts. The basic principle of all such misgivings is the false consciousness that I am the lord of all I survey.”
Tested Process. pāpī tāpī yata chilo, hari-nāme uddhārilo, tāra sākṣī jagāi mādhāi. Caitanya Mahāprabhu delivered two sinful brothers named Jagāi and Mādhāi. Now many thousands of Jagāis and Mādhāis are being delivered just by chanting the holy name. So it is a Tested Process.
Universal Self-realization Process. Self-realization in this age can be achieved by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra and this mantra can be chanted by anyone. Even a child can take part in the chanting and therefore it is called the universal self-realization process.
Vedic Process. The chanting of Krishna’s holy name is mentioned in several Vedic Scriptures like Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Padma Purana, Kali Santarana Upanishad etc. So Srila Prabhupada called the chanting as the Vedic process.
Worshipping Process. In a Srimad Bhagavatam lecture in Hawaii in January, 1974 Srila Prabhupada said, “So those who are intelligent, su-medhasaḥ, they will worship this form of God in this Kali-yuga. And what is the process of worshiping? Yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtana-prāyaiḥ.”
Yajna Process. In a Bhagavad-gita lecture Srila Prabhupada said, “In Kali-yuga, it is very difficult to perform other yajña. Therefore Chaitanya Mahāprabhu, Kṛiṣhṇa, has appeared to accept your yajña, to deliver you, and the yajña process is very easy: yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtanaiḥ. That's all. Simply perform. Wherever you live, at home or outside home, just keep a picture of Śrī Chaitanya Mahāprabhu and chant Hare Kṛiṣhṇa mantra before Him. Then your life will be successful.”
Only Process. Srila Prabhupada in one of his letters (1967) to his disciples you wrote, “I've nothing new to instruct you, the same old instruction namely constant chanting and attentively hearing the transcendental vibration Hare Krishna is the only process for self-realization in this age.” In another place you said that chanting is the only process of swiftly realizing the supreme truth, Absolute Truth. So we should follow Kṛiṣhṇa consciousness very seriously and sincerely.
No Other Process. In the Bṛhan-nāradīya Purāṇa it is stated: kalau nāsty eva nāsty eva nāsty eva gatir anyathā – no other process for self-realisation is possible in Kali-yuga. SrilaPrabhupada repeatedly told this in many of his talks that if we want to be really happy in our life the only process is chanting the holy name and no other process will be successful.
Srila Prabhupada glorified the holy name so well. By using the above and many more such expressions, he is actually telling us how significant chanting is in our life. Srila Prabhupada has established the holy name as the foundation of our spiritual life and constantly urged us to take up chanting with one-pointed attention. His aspiration for us was that we perfect this process of chanting. Let us chant attentively, and hear the holy name to cleanse ourselves with the chanting process. Let us stick to this process every day, day after day, with the faith that this alone can make all of us happy.
To conclude, in an arrival address in Los Angeles in June of 1975, Srila Prabhupada noted:
So this process, the śravaṇaṁ kīrtanam, this is the process of cleansing. So more you chant, more you hear, the more you become cleansed, more you become Krishna conscious. Just prolong this process and be happy.