Glories of the holy name, Mantra Mediation, Japa, Hare Krishna, Good Health, Power, Happiness, Satisfaction, Fulfillment of Desires

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aya namadheya! muni-vrnda-geya! jana-ranjanaya param aksarakrte! tvam anadarad api manag-udiritam, nikhilogra-tapa-patalim vilumpasi If a little bit of taste has come, even namabhasa, then namadheya! muni-vrnda-geya! Which munis? Sukadeva Gosvami, or Narada Gosvami, Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, Mahaprabhu Himself, or Sankara. Mahadeva Sankara is always chanting the transcendental sound - Hare Krsna Hare Krsna. Brahma with four mouths and even Sankarsana with His thousands and thousands of mouths, and thousands and thousands of tongues - chanting and remembering with His thousands and thousands of minds - still He cannot recount all the glories of Name. He desires more and more tongues, more hearts and more minds - unlimited - to relate all the glories of Name. Jaya namadheya! What is the namadheya? Oh, You are Himself Krsna. Krsna has invested all His power, mercy and everything in His Name. In fact, He has made Name more powerful and more merciful than He Himself is. Understand? Krsna alone is not so merciful, but the combined mercy of Radha and all is in Name. namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-saktis. But we are so unfortunate. We have no taste in this. Jaya namadheya! muni-vrnda-geya! jana-ranjanaya param aksarakrte! Oh, only to be merciful and to sprinkle mercy, He has come in the shape of the Name. Name is of two kinds-sabda-brahma and sabda-samanya. What is sabda-brahma? Transcendental Name, Himself Krsna and Radhika. And what is sabda- samanya? Only words, having no power. He has heard from anywhere, from a bogus guru who is not realized and who is not chanting. Oh, this guru has made up his mind that "I should not chant more than 16 rounds. Never, never, it will be an offense if I chant more"-he is bogus. If anyone is receiving all these Names from such a guru, or is reading Srimad-Bhagavatam and hearing from any unauthorized person, and he is chanting Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, thinking he has no need of guru at all - diksa or siksa - because Name is Krsna Himself - such a person is a bogus offender. We should try to be far away from such persons. Namadheya! muni-vrnda-geya! jana-ranjanaya param aksarakrte! So, to be merciful, You have descended in the form of aksara. What is aksara? Syllables. If anyone chants but has no honor even, no harm. For beginners it is all right. Without honor, without knowing the glories and he utters this Name, what will be the result? All kinds of difficulties, sorrows, sufferings, birth and death and everything, even all kinds of anarthas, will go away. You should hear patiently all these things and try to realize these facts.
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  • 1. Glories of Harinama Based on the teachings of Srila Gurudeva
  • 2. When one chants hari-nāma loudly, the mind does not wander here and there.
  • 3. When one chants hari-nāma with one’s tongue, heat is produced by friction. This ignites the fire of separation from Bhagavān, and awakens the desire to meet with Him. Sadhu sanga ignites the fire of separation
  • 4. If any fortunate, pious living entity remains free from offenses and from the desire for name, fame, adoration, and prestige, and chants four rounds of Śrī Hari-nāma (Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare) with focused mind and ears, he will certainly obtain the auspicious opportunity to surrender to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the fire of separation from Him will be ignited.
  • 5. As a result of chanting, all of the bad qualities in his heart will be burnt to ashes, and good qualities will manifest. • BG 16.1-3: The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Fearlessness; purification of one's existence; cultivation of spiritual knowledge; charity; self-control; performance of sacrifice; study of the Vedas; austerity; simplicity; nonviolence; truthfulness; freedom from anger; renunciation; tranquillity; aversion to faultfinding; compassion for all living entities; freedom from covetousness; gentleness; modesty; steady determination; vigor; forgiveness; fortitude; cleanliness; and freedom from envy and from the passion for honor — these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to godly men endowed with divine nature. • BG 16.4: Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance — these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature, O son of Pṛthā. • BG 16.5: The transcendental qualities are conducive to liberation, whereas the demoniac qualities make for bondage. Do not worry, O son of Pāṇḍu, for you are born with the divine qualities.
  • 6. Bhagavān Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu revealed to only some of the people of this world the fifth and ultimate achievement of human life (pañcama-puruṣārtha) in the form of loving devotional service to Śrī Kṛṣṇa.
  • 7. In Satya-yuga, meditation on the form of Viṣṇu in the heart yielded spiritual liberation. In Tretā-yuga, performing Vedic fire sacrifices bestowed liberation. In Dvāpara-yuga, one received perfection by performing elaborate Deity worship in the temple. However, in Kali-yuga one gets the same result which had been achieved in previous ages simply by chanting hari-nāma.
  • 8. It is Śrīla Gurdeva’s heartfelt desire to distribute that experience of love of Godhead to thousands and thousands of people
  • 9. eka nāma jā'ra mukhe vaiṣṇava se haya tāre gṛhī yatna kari, mānibe niścaya (Śrī Hari-nāma Cintāmaṇi) “One who utters even one name of Kṛṣṇa should be understood to be a devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa. Householders should accept this conclusion with great faith.”
  • 10. bhaktistu bhagavad-bhakta-saṅgena parijāyate One can obtain devotion for Lord Hari only by associating with high-class devotees of the Lord.
  • 11. Human life is very rare; indeed, it is almost impossible to attain, so make your life successful by engaging your mind in the good association of remembering the holy name of Lord Kṛṣṇa.
  • 12. • Your mind shall not wander hither and thither for even a moment if you follow the process I am recommending here. Chant one hundred thousand names of Lord Hari daily and listen carefully to those names with your ears.
  • 13. • Within your mind you should sit at the feet of your spiritual master, saintly persons, great devotees like Haridāsa Ṭhākura, Mādhavendra Purī, Rūpa Gosvāmī, Sanātana Gosvāmī, Prahlāda Mahārāja, Bajaranga (Hanumānjī), Nārada, and incarnations of Bhagavān such as Gaura and Nitāi.
  • 14. • There is only one means of igniting the fire of separation from Bhagavān in one’s heart. From the core of your heart, call out, “O Nimāi! O Nitāi! Please shower Your mercy on me. Please bestow Your causeless mercy on this offender.” This is the cry of a broken or torn heart, and it is also like an injection of medicine. This alone shall remove the disease of lack of taste in chanting. Just try this out.
  • 15. • Śrī Gaurahari told all of His followers, “I shall honor prasāda only in the home of a devotee who chants one hundred thousand holy names daily. I shall never stay anywhere other than in such a devotee’s home.” Such a simple, straightforward path has been given in Kali-yuga.
  • 16. One should rise no later than 3:00 AM during brahma-muhūrta and chant hari-nāma. For example, our spiritual masters used to get up at 2:00 AM or 3:00 AM and chant hari-nāma. One will be able to do this only when one takes very little prasāda in the evening, or goes to sleep just after drinking a glass of milk. Otherwise, the enemy of laziness will be an obstruction in one’s devotional service. In the beginning laziness and lethargy may bother you; however, after a month or so, laziness will not be as prominent.
  • 17. Homeopathic remedy for Lethargy • Gelsemium 30X potency (Made in Germany) • Take morning and evening 5 drops each • Do not take asafetida • Use toothpowder made from 100 grams alum powder, 50 grams of mineral salt and just a tea-spoonful of turmeric.
  • 18. Before going to sleep at night, chant at least two rounds of hari-nāma while carefully listening with your ears, so that hari-nāma will continue circulating nocturnally in the entire body, even during sleep. You will not perceive this benefit in just one or two days; however, after some time the effect of this process will become perceivable and will transform into dreams related to Bhagavān.
  • 19. • Whenever you find spare time, take saintly association by reading books that narrate the glories of hari-nāma, such as Śrīmad-Bhāgavata Mahā-purāṇa and Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta. Such reading will ensure that your hari-nāma receives excellent nourishment
  • 20. • If you can meet with a pure devotee, continue discussing and consulting with him. By this you will surely develop a great taste and relish for chanting hari-nāma. There is no need whatsoever of questioning or debating this fact.
  • 21. It is most important to observe celibacy, or brahmacarya. The primary meaning of celibacy is to keep the senses fixed within their limits. We should not let the senses run towards material sense objects. Engage the eleven senses continually in spiritual topics so that material sense objects cannot cover them. Know that the mind alone is the king of all the senses; it controls the other ten senses and engages them with material sense objects.
  • 22. Television, radio, newspapers, mobile phones, the external environment, and agitating pictures such as those showing the sex life of birds and animals, and people wearing revealing clothes, attract and affect the mind. Śrīla Gurudeva tells us the means for saving ourselves from these evil influences. There is no difficulty in staying away from television, radio, and newspapers.
  • 23. If one associates with a man or woman in a lusty way just once, then all the transcendental devotional moods one has achieved so far are destroyed from the root. The austerity of thousands of years may be destroyed in just a moment. These are not just the words of Śrī Gurudeva, but also the bona fide statements of the scriptures.
  • 24. Turn your attention away from mundane and useless talks. Keep on chanting the holy name all the time even in the absence of chanting beads. Then the distraction of worldly acceptance and rejection will not touch your mind at all. Practice is highly necessary in this regard. One’s attachment to household life will gradually diminish by following this process, and attachment to Bhagavān will keep on increasing.
  • 25. It is most important to practice non-violence. Do not trouble any living entity. All living entities are the sons and daughters of Bhagavān. Will the father be happy if one gives trouble to his sons? Show mercy to all, and if possible render service to all by body, mind, and words. Do not harass any living entity. One should spend one’s life in acts of benevolence by instructing others about the moral course and the right path.
  • 26. Only prasāda cooked from ingredients purchased with money earned honestly and in a pure profession will increase your devotion. Impure, shady earnings destroy one’s devotion, as we have seen in so many cases. Be happy with whatever is available to you. Do not get caught in the vicious cycle of hankering and lamenting for sense objects. Do not try to collect too many objects or gadgets
  • 27. • Do not envy people who are higher than you on the economic ladder. Rather, consider the downtrodden and poorest people. Only then will you be able to live happily forever. Otherwise, your heart will keep on burning. You may think, “He has a car. I should also have one.” However, if you cannot obtain a car, you will continue lamenting. Out of distress over this, you may take up a wrong path to earn more money to satisfy your insatiable urges.
  • 28. • While honoring prasāda, keep on remembering the holy name. If you do so, the currents of eight transcendental ecstasies (aṣṭa-sāttvika- vikāras) will flow in your body. In Hindi there is a famous proverb jaisā anna, vaisa mana, which means ‘as goes food, so goes the mind’. If you remember hari-nāma while drinking water, that water becomes caraṇāmrta, the nectar that has washed the lotus feet of the Lord. This nectar enters your stomach, and then whatever you say will be true. For the rest of your life you will never say anything wrong. Another popular Hindi adage goes like this: jaisā pānī, vaisī vāṇī - ‘as goes water, so goes speech’.
  • 29. • Do not keep the desire for name, fame, adoration, or prestige in your heart. If you receive these things, understand that it is the mercy of Bhagavān. In this way, the false ego shall not creep into your mind. Sacrifice and dedicate your false ego at the lotus feet of Bhagavān. Think deeply in your heart, “What good am I? Even animals and birds are superior to me, because at least they stay within their bounds. They consider what to eat and what not to eat. They are bound by rules and regulations. They shower affection on their owners when they see them. I do not have even an iota of love. I could not even appreciate the loving bonds of my own mother and father, what to speak of being kind and affable to others.” Thinking like this can eradicate your egotism from the root. Then, it will be difficult for the cobra of your false ego to raise its hoods.
  • 30. During festivals such as those on the appearance days of the Supreme Lord and His incarnations, and those on the appearance and disappearance days of the pure devotees of the Lord, one should hear from devotees about their pastimes and life-histories, and also narrate these topics to others. If we constantly engage in saintly association by singing the glorification of Lord Hari and discussing the poetic compositions authored by the devotees, where would there be time for materialistic endeavors and mundane discussions?
  • 31. When Śrī Gaurahari inquired from Śrī Haridāsa Ṭhākura about hari-nāma and the offenses against a Vaiṣṇava, he replied, “A Vaiṣṇava may have taken birth in a lower family, and if a devotee sees a fault in his social class, then he commits a serious Vaiṣṇava aparādha.” A Vaiṣṇava may have committed some sins before being fully surrendered to the lotus feet of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. If a devotee criticizes that Vaiṣṇava by reminding others of those sins, then he commits a serious Vaiṣṇava aparādha.
  • 32. If one sits next to a nāma-niṣṭha bhakta (devotee dedicated to the chanting of hari-nāma) and has him listen to one’s chanting, Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s energy will emerge from that bhakta’s body and touch one’s heart. Then that divine energy will make one’s body tremble, and finally will awaken devotion in one’s heart.
  • 33. • If one sits next to a particular personality and one’s mind becomes attracted to Bhagavān, one should understand that that personality is a beloved associate of Bhagavān. All of our bad qualities will go away, and all good qualities will manifest within us, by associating with such a personality. If a practitioner sits at the feet of a saintly person who is dedicated to the chanting of hari-nāma (nāma-niṣṭha santa) and has him listen to his loud chanting of hari-nāma, the transcendental vibrations from the body of the nāma-niṣṭha saint will influence the practitioner’s heart, and the practitioner’s mind will become steady.
  • 34. Maxim about the audience of Bhagavān within the heart mana thira kari taba śambhū sujānā, lage karana raghu-nāyaka dhyāna “Lord Śiva, who is very intelligent, skillful, and wise, then made his mind steady and began to meditate on the form of Rāmacandra, the hero of the Raghu dynasty.” Say a ten-foot-deep concrete tank is filled to the top with water, and a gentleman sitting on the sidewall of that tank looks toward its bottom. The wind is not blowing at all, and sunlight is shining upon the water from the sky above. The water is completely still. The gentleman sitting on the sidewall and looking toward the bottom of the tank is able to see all the objects, such as pebbles, which are settled at the bottom, because the water is completely still. He is also able to see frogs and fish at the bottom.
  • 35. • kṛṣṇa keśava! kṛṣṇa keśava! kṛṣṇa keśava! pāhi mām rāma rāghava! rāma rāghava! rāma rāghava! rakṣa mām rāma rāghava! rāma rāghava! rāma rāghava! trāhi mām • “O Lord Kṛṣṇa! O Keśava! Please protect me. O Rāma! O Rāghava! Please protect and deliver me.” • Śrī Gaurahari Himself used to sing this song with a saṅkīrtana party. These lines are brimming with a mood of complete surrender to Bhagavān. Therefore, after completing two or four rounds of śri hari-nāma, one should sing these lines to awaken the mind, thus preventing it from wandering.
  • 36. If one mentally sits at the feet of any one of the past spiritual masters or saintly will pervade the entire environment. persons, and has him hear his chanting of hari-nāma, the vibrations emanating from that spiritual master or saint will penetrate the heart of the chanter. These vibrations shall continue to burn away the dirt accumulated in one’s heart. When all of the dirt has been cleared away, the mirror of the heart will be completely clear, and all virtuous qualities will shine therein. These virtuous qualities will spread their effulgence to others. The darkness of distress will continue to dissolve, and a bright happiness
  • 37. Lord Śiva’s assurance sādara sumarana je nara karahiṁ bhava vāridhi gopada-iva tarahiṁ “Human beings who chant and listen to the holy names of Lord Hari with honor and respect can cross the ocean of material existence like one steps over a puddle formed by the hoof-print of a cow.”
  • 38. Whenever mercy and sympathy towards the conditioned living entities caught in the material universes arise in Bhagavān’s heart, He inspires one of His dear devotees to descend there in order to deliver them. Kabīra, Guru Nānaka, Śrī Gurudeva, Śrī Bhakti-ballabha Tīrtha Mahārāja, Śrī Prabhupāda, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, and A.C. Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja, the spiritual master of ISKCON, are examples of this.
  • 39. • Even a new practitioner can adopt this technique of confining and stopping the mind, which is summarized in the accompanying diagram. The diagram shows four spiritual practices which restrict the movement of the mind, as represented by the square. The four spiritual practices are: 1. Seeing Bhagavān in the heart; 2. Ecstatic emotional prayer which invites Bhagavān toward you; 3. Listening to the holy name through the ears; and 4. Uttering the holy name with the tongue.
  • 40. Seeing Bhagavān in the heart Mind Listening the holy name by the ears Uttering the holy name by the tongue Ecstatic emotional prayer (Inviting Bhagavān towards you)
  • 41. sumariye nāma rūpa bina dekhe āvata hṛdaya sneha biseṣe “Even if one chants the holy name of Lord Kṛṣṇa without meditating on His form, one shall develop great affection for Him in one’s heart, because the holy name is non-different from the form, qualities, and pastimes of Bhagavān.”
  • 42. Protection of the Lord This material world is a product of Bhagavān’s illusory potency (māyā). When a snowfall takes place somewhere, everyone there feels cold. However, a devotee covers himself with the warm blanket of Bhagavān’s mercy; therefore, the cold cannot bother him. Similarly, a devotee is not disturbed by the excessive heat of the sun because the cooling breeze of Bhagavān’s mercy creates a cocoon around him, thus keeping the heat away.
  • 43. A real nāma-niṣṭha devotee considers himself to be a poor, fallen soul. The hari-nāma-niṣṭha (one dedicated to the chanting of the holy name) is the real saintly person, as opposed to those who are karma-niṣṭha (dedicated to fruitive work), jñāna-niṣṭha (dedicated to speculative knowledge), taponiṣṭha (dedicated to austerities and penances), and yajña-niṣṭha (dedicated to fire sacrifices). Persons dedicated to karma, jñāna, tapa, and yajña may sometimes chant the holy name, but their chanting is disdainful and disrespectful, and not sincere. It can be understood that their minds are filled with extraneous desires.
  • 44. Quality of humility and tolerance • A real nāma-niṣṭha devotee gives respect to others, and is reluctant to accept honor and prestige. He always remains surrendered to the holy name. He refrains from criticizing and praising others. He is never aggressive or hostile.
  • 45. Only one who chants one hundred thousand holy names daily will be dear to Śrī Gurudeva and Bhagavān. Such a chanter shall become joyful and successful in this lifetime. Nothing more shall remain for him to achieve in this world; all true wealth has already rained down upon him from all directions. Actually, everyone has ample time to chant one hundred thousand holy names per day; however, we make the excuse that we do not have sufficient time. When Yamarāja, the demigod of death, or his messengers come with a noose to take away your soul at the time of death, it will be of no use to tell them, “Please come back later; I have no time now.” They will drag your soul out of your present body and take it with them.
  • 46. Eat less at night so that you can get up during brahma-muhūrta; guard yourself against sloth and lethargy. Get up at 3:00 AM and chant hari-nāma. A famous adage goes: “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” You shall become healthy, rich, and intelligent only when you chant one hundred thousand holy names daily by getting up during brahma-muhūrta. Otherwise, you shall become submerged in an ocean of distress. No one will be able to save you; you will have to suffer the results of your fruitive activities. How can anyone else help you? You shall leave this world weeping, and in your future births you will also weep.
  • 47. A nāma-niṣṭha devotee is like a magnet. A magnet attracts iron to itself. A nāma-niṣṭha devotee attracts only that devotee who aspires to be nāma-niṣṭha. He never attracts persons who are dedicated to penance, fruitive action, or sacrifice. A magnet cannot attract silver, gold, brass, or copper because these substances are not sajātīya (similar in nature) to it; they are vijātīya (dissimilar in nature). Similarly, persons dedicated to austerities and penances are dissimilar in nature to the nāma-niṣṭha saint. A pigeon stays with other pigeons, and never with crows, because pigeons and crows are vijātīya.
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