5th April 2019
HARINAMA IS THE ONLY OPTION!
Today Pandharpur devotees are chanting with us on the conference. Ganesh from Bangalore has encouraged four devotees to join the conference. Rama Lila Mataji from Solapur also keeps making efforts to encourage other devotees to join. We have a limit of 500 participants who are able to join the conference. So now Dinanukampa mataji who coordinates the conference has upgraded it and now we can have up to 1000 participants. That's the maximum limit for Zoom. You know our target. By July, till 70th Vyasa Puja we would like to see 700 participants. So you have to encourage others to join. Be kind to your neighbours. ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself.’ It is said in the Bible. Remember your neighbours. Remember your friends, remember your relatives,
remember your Bhakti-vriksha members. Be kind to them and get them to join this japa sanga or Japa talk conference.
I am happy with all you chanters. You are doing the right and the best thing. Chant Hare Krishna’ mahamantra! That is what Lord wants us to do. It is the Lord that we wish to realize, the Lord of our hearts. We wish to see Him. “ I want to see You!” , George Harrison said that. “ O! Lord , I want to see You! I want to be with You!” I am not saying, George Harrison had said this. That Lord wants us to chant Hare Krishna. You couldn't go wrong by chanting Hare Krishna. This is the Lord's will . This is what the Lord did Himself few years ago.
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam (Gurvastakam Verse 2)
‘Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.’
Of course we were with Mahaprabhu somewhere, in some bodies, who knows in what consciousness. At least now we have come to our senses. We have this human form of life. We have come in contact with this Gaudiya Vaisnava parampara. We have received the holy name, so keep chanting. Chant Hare Krishna and be happy. Goswamis had this bhava. I want to go with You. I want to be with You. It's quite a serious song sung from the heart of George Harrison. I like that song.
So keep Chanting. Prabhupada also has said, 'Chant and be happy!’. There is no other way! No other way! No other way! There is emphasis. Emphatically sastras are saying ‘vacana’( words) of the Lord, Krsna compiled all the sastras.
māyā-mugdha jīvera nāhi svataḥ kṛṣṇa-jñāna
jīvere kṛpāya kailā kṛṣṇa veda-purāṇa
“The conditioned soul cannot revive his Kṛṣṇa consciousness by his own effort. But out of causeless mercy, Lord Kṛṣṇa compiled the Vedic literature and its supplements, the Purāṇas ( CC Madhya 20.122)
We are bound up, conditioned and in big trouble, fully illusioned. Lord by being kind has given scriptures to his children. jīvere kṛpāya kailā Then Lord wrote the sastras, ved, Purana. All veda puranas are also saying that ,Harinama is the only option. So keep chanting. Chant correctly, properly, attentively, offenselessly, devotionally, purely.
I have to go to Solapur. There is Jagannath Ratha-yatra tomorrow. You are also invited. If you can't
come, you can be present mentally.