27th February 2020
Zero difference between Nama and Nami
You all are welcome!
Some of the devotees have gone on parikrama. Not some, but 10000 devotees have set off today on parikrama. You all are on this conference which I can see. You are in your comfort zone. I can see that. You are enjoying Kirtana mela or zoom conference. Here from 440 places devotees are chanting. You have not left your comfort zone, but with the help of the internet you are getting the best of both worlds. Do parikrama sitting at home , or observe parikrama, attend kirtana mela and also zoom conference being at home.
khāite śuite yathā tathā nāma laya
kāla-deśa-niyama nāhi, sarva siddhi haya
"Regardless of time or place, one who chants the holy name, even while eating or sleeping, attains all perfection. ( Caitanya-caritamrita Antya 20.18)
It is said this way that keep chanting while eating or while sleeping, but this doesn't mean that we should sleep while chanting. This is the Tarak mantra , which is Yugadharma. Devotees are chatting on the conference that they liked the Kirtana Mela.
Yesterday we had gone to Yogapitha where devotees accepted the resolution. We went to Yogapitha and celebrated Adhivasa of parikrama over there. To prepare for the parikrama, get mentally ready for it and have the determination for it is termed Adhivasa. Yesterday a few devotees observed how the name of the Lord will take us to His abode. We can understand this much that name of the Lord will take us surely to His abode. Who brought all those devotees who have arrived here for Mayapur festival, for parikrama or for Kirtana Mela? Harinama brought them here. They received Harinama in their respective countries, then they started chanting. Then they started becoming determined, 'We will go! We will go! We will go one day to Mayapur!' I always keep saying, ' Nama se dhama tak.' Bengali speaking devotees know this. From name to the abode of the Lord. The name of the Lord will transfer us to the abode of the Lord.
Name is the Lord himself. Don't think it is just a name. Such thinking is not good it is insufficient and full of ignorance. The name which helps us reach the dhama is the Lord himself.
nāma cintāmaṇiḥ kṛṣṇaś
pūrṇaḥ śuddho nitya-mukto
The holy name of Kṛṣṇa is transcendentally blissful. It bestows all spiritual benedictions, for it is Kṛṣṇa Himself, the reservoir of all pleasure. Kṛṣṇa's name is complete, and it is the form of all transcendental mellows. It is not a material name under any condition, and it is no less powerful than Kṛṣṇa Himself. Since Kṛṣṇa's name is not contaminated by the material qualities, there is no question of its being involved with māyā. Kṛṣṇa's name is always liberated and spiritual; it is never conditioned by the laws of material nature. This is because the name of Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa Himself are identical. (Caitanya-caritamrita Madhya 17.133)
This is siddhant. Nama itself is touchstone. Nama cintamani Caitanya. It is full of consciousness( chetana). It revives our consciousness. We are like dead matter in this universe. But chetan means full of life, full of consciousness. Harinama infuses life in us. Prananti punanti shubhanti as explained in the Bhagavatam. All this takes place when we chant. When we do kirtana thenwe get pran, or we achieve our prannath. Otherwise we are simply living without observing simple living. We are simply living, simply going on living without a trace of life in it. In our lives there is no life, no consciousness, no enthusiasm , no divinity, no greatness, just living.
dharmo hi tesham adhiko vishesho
dharmena hInah pashubhih samanah||
Food, sleep, fear and mating, these acts of humans are similar to animals' |
of them (humans), dharma (right conduct) is the only special thing, without dharma humans are also animals. (Chanakya)
Life consisting of only eating, sleeping, fearing and mating is equal to animal life. There are no emotions or higher consciousness. People still live life like this without any Krsna consciousness. So prananti - when we chant and do kirtana of
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
then we are infused with life. Jaan me Jaan aa jati hai. nāma cintāmaṇiḥ kṛṣṇaś caitanya-rasa-vigrahaḥ Harinam is a big reservoir of Rasa. There was a Muslim poet named Ras Khan. He is also a soul. caitanya-rasa-vigrahaḥ - glories of Harinama have been explained by this. nāma cintāmaṇiḥ kṛṣṇaś caitanya-rasa-vigrahaḥ I also explained that it is the reservoir of all the Rasas. raso vai sah Truly, the Lord is rasa (Taittiriya Upanishad 2.7.1)
The Lord is the origin of all the rasas. Akhil rasamrit Sindhu is Lord. Harinama is same as there is no difference of even a smallest unit of difference between the Lord and His name. There is zero difference between Lord and his name. Harinama is the Lord himself. Then further it is said about the mahamantra. It is pure.When we come in contact with pure , we also will become pure. It is said krsna suryasam maya hai andhakar.
The Sun is up in the sky, but wherever his rays reach all those places get purified. Even all the dirty places where stool and urine is dropped become purified by the rays of the Sun. If the Sun’s rays had not have reached there, then those places would have become horrible. But in the morning the sun rays reach such places and it gets purified. The Lord's name also does a similar function. A as mind gives rise to the dirt and garbage in our mind and thoughts, or low thinking, sinful mentality all are purified by Harinama. Nama of Hari is eternal, pure, liberating ( mukta). Is the Sun is liberated? No one can put the Sun under any regulations, similarly Harinama is always mukta, independent. Nitya suddha mukta , purna. Harinama is complete. The way it is said about the Lord in Sri Isopanishad
oṁ pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idaṁ
pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya
The Personality of Godhead is perfect and complete, and because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes. Whatever is produced of the Complete Whole is also complete in itself. Because He is the Complete Whole, even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete balance. ( Sri Isopanishad text 0.2)
The Lord is complete. What is said at the end of previous sloka? bhinnatvān nāma-nāminoḥ At which all levels is there abhinatva? 'bhinnatvān nāma-nāminoḥ there is no difference between Nama and Nami. What is proved by this which we are discussing for the last 15 minutes? What is the principle? bhinnatvān nāma-nāminoḥ, this is the principle. Nama and Nami are non different. Nama means Harinama and one to whom the name belongs is Nami. Nama and to whom the nama belongs are non different.
In the beginning I mention that the Nama of the Lord brings us to the Dhama or abode of the Lord. When we are sitting here in the dhama , then we have to agree with this. Who brought us over here? It is the name of the Lord that brought us to the dhama of the Lord.
At least once in their lives Hare Krsna devotees should come to Mayapur, and at least once they should do Navadvipa-Mandala Parikrama. And then we come again and again as we start getting addicted to it we don't want to go back. Who will like to leave Mayapur Dhama and go back?
Like this keep chanting and preach. Bring others also to Mayapur. For this the International Society for Krishna consciousness is established. Gauranga Mahaprabhu has got it done by Srila Prabhupad. It's the desire of the Lord that we all should return to Him. Lord also wants to get us back. The soul wants to go back to Krsna, but even Krsna wants to get the souls back. All those misdirected souls who have forgotten Him. The Lord wants to reestablish a relationship with them. For this reason He appears. 500 years back the Lord came from Goloka to Mayapur and He did a lot of effort which we call lila. The objective of such pastimes is to attract more and more souls back to Him. In all these pastimes which the Sankirtana pastimes are the supreme pastimes. Caitanya Mahaprabhu wanted that Sankirtana movement to be spread all over, for which this Krsna Consciousness movement has been started. We all have come in contact with this movement. Because of this all of you are here. Because of this all of you are chanting at your respective places. All this has become possible due to this movement. All of you are preachers, so go on preaching and then send more and more souls to Mayapur and you also come. Keep chanting.
I have to go on Parikrama. Today I will be joining the Russian devotees group in 30 to 45 minutes. There will be Katha in Naimisaranya. Russian devotees will be in Naimisaranya. All dhamas are over here. This place is all in one.
Gaur Premanande Hari Haribol!