There is a whole township here on the banks of the Ganges, chanting and dancing and distributing prasada. Devotees are busy here giving out the real nectar. The holy name is the nectar. Holy books like Bhagavad-Gita are the nectar. Krsna prasada is the nectar.
Here we are surrounded by lots of Hare Krishna devotees chanting and dancing. After the churning of the milk ocean the nectar finally emerged. Demons and demigods, Suras and Asuras we're fighting. This occasion is a kind of anniversary of that event which took place millions and billions of years ago. Again all assembled pilgrims are kind of ‘fighting’ or struggling to get that nectar at the confluence place of Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswati on this particular day. There is a time duration when the same nectar again appears. There are millions or crores of people aspiring for that nectar .
They will gather and bathe and drown in that nectar. I am just saying this to inspire you, so that you take to the chanting seriously. Nectar of the Holy name. Make sure that you are drinking that nectar now and always. Only because you are saying the holy name, that doesn't necessarily mean that you are drinking and drowning in that nectar. You have to pay attention. By hearing you are drinking. So make sure you are hearing and not drowning in so many other thoughts. The mind is wondering all over, that means you are not hearing and not drowning yourself in that nectar of the holy name. You have to practice that kind of hearing and that kind of chanting without distraction. Then we get a concentrated dose and we literally swim in that nectar. Bathe in that nectar.
That is what Chaitanya Mahaprabhu talks in Siksastakam. anandabhudhi vardhanam pratipadam purnamrita swadanam sarvatma snapanam . Try and understand what is sarvatma snapanam . Atma is the soul, the real self and snapanam is bathing. Caitanya Mahaprabhu is talking about the soul bathing and swimming in that anadambhudhi i.e. param vijayate sri krsna sankirtanam. All glories, all victory to such a holy name. When we end up drinking such nectar, drowning in that nectar, then you have conquered the world, conquered the mind, conquered your senses, then one conquers death. One goes beyond birth and death. That kind of victory is attained by the chanter. However it has to be chanted attentively, offencelessly. All the offences should be avoided, specially offending vaisnavas. At times people hate vaisnavas, hate devotees. We harm them , hurt them - physically, verbally or mentally. So stop offences. It is nonsense.
You bathe and you are purified. Then when you come to the bank of river, don't throw the dirt on again. That snan is kunjarshauchvat - like the bathing of an elephant. The elephant really enjoyed taking a bath, but as soon as he comes on the banks of river he throws the dirt back on again. That also is not to be done. Every effort should be made to not throw the dirt again. Chanting is purifying like bathing. Then after chanting, as we say, “ Stay high - Do not go low”. Attain that status.
I need to go early today. Being a ISKCON mahant for Kumbha-mela , I have to lead the procession , for Shahi-snan. It's an honor from Kumbha-mela organisers. They have recognized ISKCON, as an authentic vaisnava organisation. It was recognised, authorised in 2008 Kumbha-mela. ISKCON was offered mahantship. That's how I ended up becoming a mahant. Now we can participate in the procession. Many groups, akhadas , Khalsas arrive. Only Big leading sadhus get to lead the procession to go down to the Triveni Sangam. People watch standing on either side of the procession. There are big crowds greeting the Sadhus. Trying to get blessings of the Sadhus.
Today is Somavaty Amavasya. This Amavasya on a Monday is considered to be extremely auspicious. Today is Amavasya and today is Monday also. This is happening after 72 years. That is another Sangam making today a very auspicious bathing date.
Try to get more and more devotees to Chant with us. We wish you happy journey ‘back to home.’
Every day Chant 'Hare Krishna’ and be happy.