27th JULY 2019
DIAL THE PHONE NUMBER OF THE LORD!
We are 580 so far. We also have devotees from Melbourne Australia chanting with us today. There are many more new faces. Few I noticed. Many more newcomers today or these days are chanting with us. So, they are welcome. We are happy that they are chanting with us on this ' let's chant together' conference. You are chanting, I am also chanting, this way we are keeping in touch with the Lord. Chanting is, as you know is address to the Lord. You know that, chanting 'Hare Krishna' is we are addressing the Lord. O Krishna! O Radhe! like that. We are addressing the Lord. All the sixteen names of maha mantra, each one as we pronounce or utter it is ‘sambodhan’ or address to the Lord. We are talking or addressing the Lord. We are supposed to be saying something to the Lord. So, by doing so, by addressing Lord, we are keeping in touch with the Lord, we are communicating with the Lord.' Keep in touch', we always say. We hear, 'get back to us' 'write to us' how you are doing - our parents say that to us or children. So, Lord also is expecting that we will keep in touch with Him & through chanting, as we chant that's the exact thing we are doing. We are keeping in touch with the Lord.
Chanting of 'Hare Krishna' is compared to like dialling telephone number. Prabhupada used to say that, Lord has sixteen-digit number. Anyone else in this world doesn't have sixteen-digit number. So, it must be an extraordinary number of an extraordinary person & that is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna's number, which has the sixteen digits, which we dial as we chant. We are dialling or addressing all these sixteen names all the time, over again & again & again and keep in touch with the Lord. Try to have conversation or dialogue with the Lord.
We should tell, ‘let the Lord know we have received His message' message in the form of Bhagavad-Gita, especially as it is explained by A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada ki jai!
He did not misinterpret or there is no speculation. Let Krishna speak through His purports. You can say to the Lord, yes, we received Your message. Message that You have left behind, in the form of Bhagavad-Gita. It was for me. By your mercy I have received it in a disciplic succession, in an unbroken chain of spiritual masters. I have received the message. I am very thankful O dear Lord. You made me understand the message. I am surrendering unto You & I am on the way back home. I am coming back.
Then Krishna also again appeared as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu & with the help of Lord's representatives, Gaudiya Vaishnava parampara, we are also able to understand Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's position as Krishna Himself. We are thankful to Him. Thank you Lord as You came again & again You were here five thousand years ago & You came five hundred years back again & You gave mantra that we are chanting. You personally delivered this mantra. That mantra has reached me. Chanting of the 'Hare Krishna' mahamantra is the dharma. He processed the activity, devotional service through this, in this age of Kali. I have received this gift. I have received Bhagavad-Gita as a gift & now I have received this gift in this form as ’Hare Krishna' mahamantra is a gift.
I have understood, 'kali kaler dharma Harinaam sankirtan'. Harinama is the dharma for this age. We are letting Lord know our part & we are thanking Him also. We are grateful. My dear Lord, I have this mahamantra.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Ram Hare Ram
Ram Ram Hare Hare
Chanting. I am thinking & saying to the Lord that I have understood the glories of holy name. Siksastakam has seven different glories, of the holy name or mahatmaya of holy name or seven different kinds of benefits we derive from chanting. I am realizing more & more benefits of this chanting. I am confident that I will be victorious as You have said -
Param vijayate Sri Krishna sankirtanam.
Supreme victory to the chanters of the holy name & supreme victory to the entire sankirtan movement. All the members of the sankirtan movement should be supremely glorious & victorious. This is what He has said. By your grace & arrangements I am realizing glories of the holy name, benefits of the holy name, importance of the holy name more & more. You have invested, like that there is whole progression in Siksastakam. There is elevation or evolution as one goes from one Siksastakam verse to next to next & next.
Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu He had been also contemplating, relishing His own compilation of Siksastakam in Jagannath Puri. Whole night He would spend in the meaning of Siksastakam. Sometimes He would spent one night on one verse of Siksastakam, get absorbed & get ecstatic & excited by chanting 'Hare Krishna Hare Krishna' & by thinking of various Siksastakam verses that He would spent, as Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami has described in Chaitanya Charitamrita. The very last chapter of Chaitanya Charitamrita, in antya-lila in chapter twentieth it is described the Siksastakam , Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's siksha or instructions. Eight instructions. They must be & they are the essence of Chaitanya Charitamrita. That is why Siksastakam has been placed at the very end or as a conclusion of Chaitanya Charitamrita in antya-lila chapter twentieth of Siksastakam. Dear lord, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu how You have been relishing Your own Siksastakam. We could also do the same, that mood, the meaning, the purport of the Siksastakam we also relish as we chant 'Hare Krishna'.
So, this is a food for thought for today for each one of us. It is also a hint, or suggestion or recommendation while chanting of 'Hare Krishna' mahamantra, we should be thinking like this. Or think like like Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. So, this Siksastakam is like a thought process. Thoughts & they are all fully Krishna conscious thoughts at different levels. The evolution that we are talking.
Mahaprabhu would spend whole night at Gambhira. It is called Gambhira, it's a tiny place. Anant koti Brahmand Nayak was residing in a tiny room or space. He was also sharing that place with Swaroop Damodar & Ramanand Raya. Swaroop Damodar is Lalita & Ramanand Raya is Vishakha. Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was in association or proximity with Lalita & Vishakha. They are talking, discussing contemplating on Siksastakam. Meaning of the Siksastakam, purport of the Siksastakam. We know that Siksastakam is one topic which Lord used to think about, contemplate about. They also used to recite Srimad Bhagavatam, Govind Lilamrita, Jaydev Goswami's 'Geet-Govind' & Bilvamangal Thakur’s 'Krishna-Karnamrut', Chandidas Thakur's Bengali verses like this all different compilations & verses same quality, same evolution of Krishna conscious thoughts or the name the form, the abode of the Lord.
This is what the Lord would be thinking about I have to conclude as there will be Deity greeting & I have to give Bhagavatam class so for that reason I have to wind it up. So, think of Me, remember Me as Lord says. Chant 'Hare Krishna', then we are reminded of the Lord. So, what do we think, what we should remember? So, this is what Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu used to think & remember all this topics from Siksastakam, Srimad Bhagvatam, Krishna Karnamrit & Geet-Govind & like that the scriptures which are full of glories of name, fame, past times. While chanting of 'Hare Krishna' we should think the way Lord used to think. Simply chanting & highly thinking, thinking like Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
So, stay high forever.