According to Srimad-Bhagavatam, chanting of Hari-Naama destroys all sins in the age of Kali.

But, the Gaudiya Vaishnava Literature states that no result of Hari-Naama is obtained if one incurs 'Naama-Aparaadha'.

This list of such Aparaadhas mentioned is so delicate that it is impossible for a common man to do Naama without Naama-Aparadha.

Which scripture first mentions these Naama-Aparaadhas?

  • Since Aparadha means offence/sin you can add the sin tag and i think its also related to Vaishnavism as well .. so that tag can be added too.. btw what is nama aparadha?
    – Rickross
    Mar 6, 2019 at 16:24
  • @Rickross a long list that says that nama will not work for example if one has slightest disbelief.
    – user17294
    Mar 6, 2019 at 16:25

1 Answer 1


It is from Padma Purana, Brahma Khanda, 25th Chapter, verses 15-20.

Sanatakumara speaks:(4.25.15-20)

The censure of the good causes a great sin against the name (of Visnu). How does (i.e. would) it tolerate the censure of those on account of whom it has become famous? He indeed does ill to the name of Visnu, who, in this world, would regard all (things) about the auspicious Sri Visnu, as different from his own mind. He who does not disrespect his preceptor, who does not censure sacred texts, who does not look upon Visnu's name as (merely) glorificatory, who does not have a wicked idea about (i.e. to look upon) name (as) sinful, has purification by means of restraints. Indifference to religious vows, sacrifice (for others), offering oblations, all good actions is also a fault. Not having faith, turning away one's face, not listening to advice is also a sin against the auspicious name. He, the mean man, who, even after hearing the greatness of (Visnu's) name, remains without love for it, and is only intent upon 'I', 'mine' etc. (i.e. is selfish), has committed sin against the name (of Visnu). O Narada, Siva, with grace, told the sages and me the great name of the lord, bringing happiness. It should always be carefully preserved. They who even knowing (the importance of name), do not suddenly avoid the ten sins against the name, are like children, who being angry, afflict their mother. Being free from sins, always mutter the name (of Visnu). O divine sage, due to name only you will accomplish everything and not by any other means.

You can read whole chapter here

  • "He indeed does ill to the name of Visnu, who, in this world, would regard all (things) about the auspicious Sri Visnu, as different from his own mind." This is confusing @KrishnaVarna, All things auspicious about visnu should be deemed fabrication of his own mind is it.. this seems to me some advaita commentary.. Please confirm
    – Prasanna R
    Apr 8, 2019 at 12:41
  • @PrasannaR Refer alternate translation here.. iskcondesiretree.com/page/the-ten-offenses-to-the-holy Apr 8, 2019 at 13:10
  • @KrishnaVarna The translation you provided in the answer seems to connote few things totally different from the link you provided to PrasannaR. I hope MLBD translation is close to the original.
    – user17294
    Apr 8, 2019 at 15:10
  • @Pratimaputra I think mlbd translation is little far or unclear from original meaning... It is about words sivasya, bhinna or abhinna word chosen as per sandhi that causes the difference. The link I provided to Prasanna R closely follows Jiva Goswami commentary in Bhakti Sandarbha.. Apr 8, 2019 at 15:20
  • @KrishnaVarna How that could be? Sri Jiva never used even the concepts like demigod.
    – user17294
    Apr 8, 2019 at 15:22

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