Power of Holy Names – Part 1

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Following is a humble effort to transcribe one of the Bhagavatam classes given by our beloved spiritual master Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on 8 July 1996 in Dubai.

Maharaj recites the below verse and devotees follow after him.

yaa nishaa sarva-bhutaanaam / tasyaam jaagarti samyami
yasyaam jaagrati bhutaani  / saa nishaa pashyato muneh

"Simple lyric. Majority of verses in Bhagavad Gita are in this lyric. Now let us see the verse 6.2.8 from Srimad Bhagavatam

etenaiva hy aghono ‘sya / krtam syaad agha-nishkrtam
yadaa naaraayanaayeti  / jagaada catur-aksharam

"The Vishnudutas continued: Even previously, while eating and at other times, this Ajaamila would call his son, saying, "My dear Narayaṇa, please come here." Although calling the name of his son, he nevertheless uttered the four syllables naa-raa-ya-ṇa. Simply by chanting the name of Narayana in this way, he sufficiently atoned for the sinful reactions of millions of lives."

To sing also, you should get into the verse. Otherwise you cannot sing nicely. Lets go to the word-to-word equivalents.

etena - by this (chanting) – Many times we are asked why we should chant Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Why not  ‘Sree Rama Jaya Rama Jaya Jaya Ram’ etc. But I always tell that I am a fool and when I went to my Guru Maharaj, he said that ‘You are completely duns. So you simply chant the Mahamantra – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.’ I just obeyed my spiritual master and continued chanting – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Because I obeyed my spiritual master and chanted – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, I became completely satisfied. So if you want to be happy please chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. By continuously chanting, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, you will be satisfied and then tell others to chant – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. They will be very blissful if they chant continuously. This is the way. There is no difference in the names of Krishna. But this is the authoritative way given by Srila Prabhupada. So please repeat Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. There is no wrong in repeating, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare /Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. It is good to obey Prabhupada and chant – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare and if you obey him you will always chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare / Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Jai Srila Prabhupada ki Jai. (Gurudev is in complete bliss when he spoke the above words and made everyone chant the Mahamantra multiple times).

This is how we should chew the words. We just took one word now – etena. Be peaceful. Do not run. "Shaanta" – This is the main quality of Krishna. You know how much factories He is running? The whole manifestation. Millions of factories. Not only material manifestation. But much larger spiritual mainfestation. The whole thing is running on His energy. He is grazing the cows. Can you imagine ? A man with so many factories, going to graze the cows. No. That is the difference between us and Him. We have limited capacity and He has unlimited capacity. If you come to Krishna, you should be completely satisfied – completely shaanth. And as soon as you are shaanth – you stop speaking about anything else. – ‘naanyam vadaami na shrunomi na cintayaami‘ – See how correct is this ? You will be shaanth. And as soon as you are shaanth and you take a word, you will speak a book about it. Each shloka from Bhagavatam is whole Bhagavatam. It is non-different. You don’t need to read the 18000 verses. No. Only one verse. But you get into it and realise it. After realisation, you will develop the qualities of Krishna and nothing will disturb you.

What is there in material problems? They are going to come anyway. Srila Prabhupada used to tell a story – One man was waiting near the sea-coast. People asked him "what are you doing?" He said, "I am waiting to take bath." People replied, "Then take bath. What are you waiting for?" He said – "No. I am waiting for the waves to stop and then I will take bath". (Maharaj and devotees laugh.) This way our material existence is like a ocean. Different waves are coming. You cannot think or tell Krishna – "Wait. I will come after the wave stops." They are going to come one after the other. It is nature of material existence. We have accepted the material imprisonment. Janma mrtyu jaraa vyaadhi is there. And apart from this adhyaatmic, adhibhautik and adhidaivik miseries are there. These seven problems – there is no remedy for it. Is there any remedy for janma ? Is there any remedy for death ? You don’t wait for any peaceful time in this existence. You will never have that. Please with all those miserable waves, you continue with devotional service and then a time will come when the waves will not affect you at all. That time we are waiting for. And please pass on this culture to the younger ones and if you are able to do that successfully, then they will be happy."

Krishna willing we will hear more nectar from Maharaj in the forthcoming mails. 

Thank you very much.

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