Spiritual Vs Pious

Hare Krishna dear devotees,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

Once I met an old man in advanced age who bragged that he did enormous charities in his life to Brahmanas and others but never uttered even once the holy name of Lord Krishna as he considered little significance in chanting and simply thought that charities will satisfy Lord Krishna. I felt very pity upon his mode of ignorance and quoted in CC Adi 3.79 to dissipate the darkness of ignorance: 

koṭi aśvamedha eka kṛṣṇa nāma sama
yei kahe, se pāṣaṇḍī, daṇḍe tāre yama

One who says that ten million aswamedha sacrifices are equal to the chanting of the holy name of Lord Krishna is undoubtedly an atheist. He is sure to be punished by Yamaraja.

Purport: In the list of ten kinds of offences in chanting the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hare Krishna, the eight offence is - dharma vrata tyāga hutādi sarva shubha kriyā sāmyam api pramadah - One should never consider chanting the holy name of Godhead equal to pious activities like giving charity to brahmanas or saintly persons, opening charitable institutions, distributing free food and so on. The results of pious activities do not equal the results of chanting the holy name of Krsna.

go-koṭi-dānaṁ grahaṇe khagasya
prayāga-gaṅgodaka-kalpa-vāsaḥ
yajñāyutaṁ meru-suvarṇa-dānaṁ

govinda-kīrter na samaṁ śatāṁśaiḥ 

Even if one distributes ten million cows in charity during an eclipse of the sun, lives at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna for millions of years, or gives a mountain of gold in sacrifice to the brahmanas, he does not earn one hundredth part of the merit derived from chanting Hare Krishna. ( From Skanda Purana quoted in purport to CC Adi 3.79)

In other words, one who accepts the chanting of Hare Krishna to be same kind of pious activity is compeletely misled. Of course it is pious, the real fact is that Krsna and His name, being transcendental, are far above all mundane pious activity. PIOUS ACTIVITY IS ON THE MATERIAL PLATFORM, BUT CHANTING OF THE HOLY NAME OF KRISHNA IS COMPLETELY ON THE SPIRILTUAL PLANE. Therefore, although pasandis do not understand this, pious activity can NEVER compare to the chanting of the holy name.

The old man then understood the very importance of chanting the holy names of the Lord.

Yours humble servant,
Shyamsundar das
Chennai.