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Chanting and Regulative Principles

Full question:

It is said that by chanting we get a higher taste so that we lose interest in material things and thus we automatically start following the regulative principles. If this is the case, then what is the use of following the four regulative principles [no meat-eating, illicit sex, intoxication, or gambling] till we don't get a taste in chanting?

Our reply:

When we get a higher taste by chanting, it becomes natural and easy to follow the regulative principles. We become more attached to Krishna and detached from matter. But until such time, we should follow the rules, even though they may be difficult, because that way we show the Lord we are trying to give up sense enjoyment separate from Him. If we don't follow the rules, then chanting becomes even harder—like trying to cook while simultaneously pouring water on our cooking flame.

Furthermore, for success in chanting, we have to avoid the ten offenses to chanting. One offense is to maintain material attachments, which would surely include not following the regulative principles.