7 January 2020
Beg for the Holy Name
Today we have 455 devotees chanting with us. The number is gradually increasing and this is very pleasing. Please stop chatting because in this Japa talk the English transcription is being done now. Just listen and don't type anything.
Today’s news from Noida temple is that Paramsundar Prabhu and Sita Thakurani Mataji conducted UNNATI Seminar for children and parents. 150 people participated in this pro-gram. This is a good morning news. This doesn't come in the daily newspaper.
kaler dosa-nidhe rajann
asti hy eko mahan gunah
kirtanad eva krsnasya
mukta-sangah param vrajet
My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom. [SB 12.3.51]
This is the present fault of Kali. They do not present any news from the spiritual world. Newspaper presents only bad things. This is Kali’s tactic. Kali was only 28 years old when Sukadev Goswami spoke Srimad-Bhagavatam.
krsna stu dhama gate tad dinatha kali
As soon as Krsna left for His abode Kali appeared. tad dinatha Kali appeared. Then what does Kali do? He just disturbs sadhana. Sarva sadhana badhak. that's why due to disturb-ance, most of the people leave devotional practice. But this is the mercy of Lord Caitanya that He appeared 500 years ago and brought the holy name with him.
golokera prema-dhana, hari-nama-sankirtana
rati na janmilo kene tay (Hari Hari bifale)
A few said that He brought the holy name and we are also chanting. But we are not devel-oping any taste. Why are we not getting any taste? This one should introspect and ask. Do singha avalokan. It can be done on Ekadasi as recommended by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur. krsna bada doyamaya. Krsna is very merciful that He brought the holy names to us. By chanting the holy names Lord Caitanya came to Pandharpur 500 years ago.
rama nama ke heere moti ,mein bikhrau gali gali
In all streets of Pandharpur He scattered jewels and pearls of the holy name. But I think at that time there was no city in Pandharpur. Lord Caitanya as Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur sings in his song jiva jago. He is reminding us about Lord Caitanya. Every word and letter is important. He said that Lord Caitanya has told jivas to wake up. Uthishtha Uthishtha jagrata This is Veda Vachan. Vedas ask us to get up. One who is sleeping is being asked to wake up. Are you sleeping? How much longer will you continue to sleep and why? Lord Caitanya asked this. Do you have any answer? Where are you sleeping then? Mayar pisacira kole. In the lap of the witch called Maya. So he is reminding all about the appear-ance of Lord Caitanya. Bhaktivinod reminds us that bhajibo boliya ese. Bhuliya rohila tu-mi . I will certainly chant Your name, worship You and I have forgotten this. He further writes that, “You had said if you or the jiva gets awakened, then you had promised to chant the glories of Lord. In the 3rd Canto Kapila Muni describes:
punarapi jananam punarapi maranam,
punarapi janani jatare sayanam
iha samsaare khalu dusthare,
krupayaa pare pahi murare (Bhaja Govinda Verse 21)
It has been described how much suffering the living entity goes through while in the womb of the mother. He prays to the Lord in the womb to release him from this suffering from within the womb and in return he will chant the Lord’s glories. So Lord Caitanya is speak-ing to the jiva, “You had promised Me that you would chant My glories while in womb. But as you have come out you are not keeping your promise.” Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur has also written one more song of how parents and family members make the child forget about his promise by showering him with lots of love and affection. So Lord Caitanya is conversing with the jivas. Jivas means me, not us. This is a personal conversation.
Tumare loite ami, hoinu avatar .
I have appeared for you only. Who else other than Me is Your well wisher? I had spoken this already in BG 5.29
bhoktaram yajña-tapasam sarva-loka-maheshvaram
suhridam sarva-bhutanam jñatva mam shantim richchhati
Having realized Me as the enjoyer of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all the worlds and the selfless Friend of all living beings, My devotee attains peace.
Who else is your friend in this world? ami bina bandhu are ache tomara. A friend in need is friend indeed. Is there anyone who can save you from death, old age? A friend will ad-mit you into a five star hospital, but he can't cure your disease. Only the Lord can free you from birth, death, disease and old age. Not any friend, relative nor demigod, only Lord Visnu can liberate you as Lord Siva also confirms. visnu pradata sarvesham visnu na sanshaya. Lord only can help you in old age and death. So are you hearing? My attention is on devotees sitting in front of me. But all of you are also there on the conference. Eneci ausadhi maya nasibaro lagi.
I have brought this medicine of the holy name to destroy the illusion of maya. I'm your friend. Do not do only lip service, do something practical. I know all of you are bhava rogi and suffering from heart disease. So take this medicine. When Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur came to know about Lord Caitanya's call, then he is re-membering the Lord.He is remembering that the Lord is a genuine and not a superficial friend. To help you I've brought the medicine of the chanting of the holy names.
So Bhakti Vinod Thakur woke up after contemplating in this way. Then what did he say? He fell at the feet of Lord Caitanya carane pariya and he is begging to get that medicine of the holy name. The last line of the song is of Bhakti Vinod Thakur. All previous lines are from Lord Caitanya. You have Krsna and you can give Him to me. Hence I'm chasing be-hind you.
ami to’ kangala, ‘krishna’ ‘krishna’ boli’
dhai tava pache pache
I am indeed wretched and simply run after you crying Krsna Krsna. please give me Your holy name. So we should beg in this way. It's not fine that Lord Caitanya has brought the holy name. We should demand it and take initiation. In this way Lord Caitanya appeared. So it's never too late. We just got to know now. So we can ask for it now. We can also be benefitted in the same way as our predecessors were benefitted. So we should beg in this way.
Ohe! Vaishnava Thakura
vaishnaba thakura, doyara sagara,
e dase koruna kori’
diya pada-chaya, sodho he amaya,
tomara carana dhori
chaya bega domi’, chaya dosha sodhi’,
chaya guna deho’ dase
chaya sat-sanga, deho’ he amare,
boshechi sangera ase
ekaki amara, nahi paya bala,
tumi kripa kori’, sraddha-bindu diya,
krishna se tomara, krishna dite paro,
tomara sakati ache
ami to’ kangala, ‘krishna’ ‘krishna’ boli’,
dhai tava pache pache
1) 0 venerable Vaisnava, O ocean of mercy, be merciful unto your servant. Give me the shade of your lotus feet and purify me. I hold on to your lotus feet.
2) Teach me to control my six passions; rectify my six faults, bestow upon me the six qual-ities, and offer unto me the six kinds of holy association.
3) I do not find the strength to carry on alone the sankirtana of the holy name of Hari. Please bless me by giving me just one drop of faith with which to obtain the great treasure of the holy name of Krsna.
4) Krsna is yours; you have the power to give Him to me. I am simply running behind you shouting, "Krsna! Krsna!"