“One time Prabhupada was saying that the ‘BELL’ of the priest in the temple, when he performs the arati ceremony ringing the bell, that bell is more powerful than the nuclear weapon…the atomic bomb, because the bomb will blow up people’s bodies and destroy vegetation and will make a hole in the ground and everything. But the bomb doesn’t change spiritually, the situation that’s happening with any of those souls, with any of those spiritual beings! Again they still have to take birth.
But someone hearing of the ‘BELL’ that’s being offered to Krishna, then what to speak of the kirtan (we just performed), that’s destroying so much karma and that can actually purify ones consciousness, as we’re said to have a transcendental consciousness which is capable of remembering Krishna!“HH Jayapataka Swami Lecture: BG 2.4
November 9th, 2004 Atlanta, USA