IN SUCH A STATE OF MIND…..
At one point we had 404 participants. 84 years old Mokshada Mataji was the eldest devotee chanting with us. There were many young devotees from VOICE and BACE. So all young and old are joining the conference. They all are chanting with us. That us includes you all , me and why not? That us also includes Gauranga - Caitanya Mahaprabhu. We are chanting with Caitanya Mahaprabhu. We are chanting with Krsna or at least our goal is to chant with the Lord. Chant so that He makes His appearance, we feel His presence. We do Japa yoga and we establish our connection with the Lord so we pray that He gives us his association, as we chant. As He has promised
naham vasami vaikunthe yoginam hridaye na cha
mad-bhakta yatra gayanti tatra tishthami narada
Neither do I reside in Vaikuntha nor in the hearts of the Yogis, but I dwell where My devotees sing My name, Oh Narada !
Wherever My devotees are chanting, I am present there. That becomes My address. You will find Me where My devotees are chanting. So we are chanting and a promise is a promise. I am sure the Lord is keeping His promise. He said you just chant I will be there. We are confident He is keeping his promise and giving us His association. The Lord is more than a gentleman. It is a gentleman's promise. Of course each one of us has to experience the presence of the Lord and that presence will depend upon the purity of our chanting or surrender unto the holy name, unto the Lord.
ye yatha mam prapadyante
tams tathaiva bhajamy aham
manusyah partha sarvasah ( BG. 4.11)
As all surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Pṛthā.
Lord reciprocates to the degree of our surrender, and to that degree we will get association. Some get less , some get more. It's up to you how much you are willing to surrender unto the Lord. So let's keep chanting.
nama asraye kari jatan tumhi tako apan kaje
So let's keep surrendering to the Lord. Let's keep surrendering to the holy name of the Lord. That is what we practice every time we chant. We wanted to do that in the mood of surrender and mood of helplessness also. Help! Help! Aayi nandtanuj… that prayer is also there. My dear lord, you are the only refuge. In that prayer we beg to the lotus feet of the Lord to accept us and fix us at his lotus feet. Engage us in service of his lotus feet. In order to give us shelter, or to give us opportunity to surrender unto him Lord appeared 533 years ago. Gauranga appeared. Gaur Purnima is just one day from now. He kindly appeared.
Golokam ca parityajya lokanam trana-karanat kalau gauranga-rupena lila-lavanya-vigrahah.( Markandeya Purana)
This is the verdict of puranas. Lord left His Goloka behind and He appeared in this world to save us, to protect us, to give us relief from distress, from all sorts of miseries. It is said and it's also true. Prior to His appearance in the evening as Nimai, the Lord appeared during the day yet in another form. That form is the holy name.
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE
HARE RAMA HARE RAMA
RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
Caitanya Bhagavata describes that the Lord was kindly bringing many, many persons, conditioned souls on the banks of Ganges, bringing them to Dham. Some sinners were coming. Normally they are not in the mood to come to the dham or come to Ganga. On lunar eclipse the Lord kindly compelled them or kindly drag them. Changed their whole attitude, their consciousness and they were all running. They were all practically running to the bank of the Ganges chanting - Har har Gange and chanting of Hare Krishna mahamantra. Lord was throwing his mercy on all those in the form of holy name. Giving himself to them in the form of the holy name. kali kale krsna rupe nama avatar (CC Adi 17.22) Lord kindly before appearing in the evening at the time of moonrise or Sunset , during the day he appeared in the form of Holy name. Sastra's describe we should all remember this kali kale naam rupe Krishna avatar. In the age of Kali Lord appears in the form of Holy name. We should all take full advantage of this merciful form of the Lord. This naam- Swarup of the Lord. Nama is Swarup of the Lord. It is said about holy name that. - nama Cintamani’
rasa vigraha nitya shuddha nitya Mukta abhinnatvat nam namino. ( Padma Purana )
So holy name is nama Cintamani. Like dham Cintamani’, nama is also Cintamani. Caitanya rasa vigraha. It is full of Caitanya, full of consciousness, full of Krishna consciousness. Rasa vigraha full of rasa.its nectarean. It's nittya - eternal. It's purna - complete, suddha - pure. What else abhinnatvat nama namino. The Lord and His name are non different. Because of establishing a relationship with nama prananti we will become enlivened. There will be life flowing. Rasa vigraha. It's full of rasa anandabhudhi vardhanam. - full of happiness. In such a state of mind as we have been describing , understanding the naam-tattva, with humility and in prayerful mood, “ in such a state of mind” , actually lot more could be said about This - “ such a state of mind”, but I just mentioned few things . In such a state of mind one can chant holy name of the Lord constantly. If we have such a state of mind then we will be able to chant holy name of the Lord constantly, that is the idea.
Okay, we will stop here. I am still here at Radha-Gopinath temple . We are getting ready for tomorrow's installation of Ananta Sesa. We are setting the scene. You are all welcomed. Wish you all a happy Gaur Purnima festival. Gauranga!!!