Stop chanting now and listen. Sorry to interrupt your meditation but I have to leave for Delhi very soon. Because of this we started earlier and ended earlier. My observation is some of you are joining late. I have taken note of the fact that our japa session is by and large from about 6.00 am to 7.00 am. IST. So try to be on time to get full benefit. We first chant together, and then we talk about Japa for few minutes.
IYF Nagpur and Gopalpur BACE have also joined today. They are welcomed. We want bigger participation. If we chant congregationally , then it becomes sankirtana.
In Satya-yuga, there was one meditator in one cave. If there were two yogis in one cave, it would be considered too many. Those were the conditions for dhyana or meditation. But in age of Kali, the bigger the number the better. If you are alone, you may fall asleep. As soon as you are by yourself , you will get distracted doing this and that. Chanting in association of devotees is favourable and beneficial for chanting. You get benefit of association. You remain away from the association of non-devotees, ie. the influence of Maya is cut off as soon as you are chanting and chanting specially in the association of devotees. You could also chant with your family members. On this conference you should realize, even if there are no devotees next to you, still there are three to four hundred devotees chanting with you on this conference. You may be just watching us on the mobile screen, and may not be able to see so many of them. But on the laptop screen I am able to see hundreds of you surrounding me and I feel protected as devotees are surrounding me. It is a kind of fencing. I don't feel alone. You also should feel that way. You should understand and realize, this is powerful association of devotees on this conference. Sange saktihi kaliyuge (an old Sanskrit proverb) says that in Kaliyuga there is strength in sanga or big numbers. They congregate and exhibit their power or 'Shakti’. We get that experience on this conference. So take advantage of these chanting sessions.
I see little Gauranga with his younger brother chanting together from Florida. Two little boys. They are two Kumaras not four Kumaras. It's very pleasing to see them chanting together. As I said yesterday, we have Kumaras , Yuva and older people - all generations. Children are chanting, youths are chanting and old folks are chanting. I see everybody chanting and I feel happy. I feel protected. I feel enthusiastic also. So this must be the right thing to do. When we see so many are doing it then it stresses on the mind that this must be the right thing to do. That's a kind of psychology. You are not the only one. That is the experience. It's not that only Indians who are chanting. Even Americans are chanting. Devotees from Toronto are chanting. Devotees from Mauritius are chanting. So this must be the right thing to do. People from all over the world are chanting. I am not the only fool here chanting. Is there something wrong with me? No you are not a fool. You are wise because you are chanting.
as follows, with special reference to the saṅkīrtana-yajña:
yajanti hi su-medhasaḥ (Bhāgavatam 11.5.32)
In the declaration of Bhagavatam it is stated, intelligent people will take to the chanting. They will take to yajna, which yajna? Sankirtana yajna. Performing sankirtana yajna is a job of intelligent, or smart people.
Krsna yei bhaje sei bada catura:( Krsnadas Kaviraj in CC Anya Lila 4.67) if you want to prove you are wise, chant Hare Krishna. If you do not you are a fool. So you are chanting and you are wise and we get further convinced when we see others are also chanting. This was the prediction and expectation of Supreme personality of Godhead - Caitanya Mahaprabhu. All glories to Him. People in every town and village will take up to this chanting. Srila Prabhupada kindly began this revolution in consciousness. He made this holy name available everywhere. We are seeing devotees chanting everywhere. We get the reports from Russia that , “ ‘Hare Krishna’ is a fastest growing religion and is spreading all over Russia like wildfire.” Something that was banned in Russia some time back and there are reports that there are 700000 followers of Hare Krishna in Russia. So this must be the right thing to do. So many people globally are accepting Hare Krishna. They are accepting Bhagavad-Gita and following it.
It is getting late and I better leave you with your chanting and proceed to the airport. Keep chanting. Srila Prabhupada propagated the holy name and made the holy name available to all you chanters. Now it is our duty and obligation to propagate and spread this holy name. Make this available to others. Give this gift of the holy name to your near and dear ones - your friends and relatives and neighbours. In the words of Caitanya Mahaprabhu
jare dakho tare Kaho Krishna upadesh. (CC Madhya 7.128)
Do this. Don't just be content. O! I am Chanting, I am happy. You are also expected to - name ruchi jive daya vaishnav seva(Caitanya Bhagavata - Madhya khanda 28.28) You will develop more ruci if you do two things as explained in the song of Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur. name ruci in order to develop ruci in nama you should do Vaisnava seva and jive daya. You have to serve Vaisnavas. Stop offending Vaisnavas. Best thing is to serve Vaisnavas. Sadvidhim preeti laxanam. ( Nectar of Instruction, Verse 4) The loving dealings Rupa Goswami has talked about , see how you can do all that in a loving manner and service attitude. That's one thing. Also there should be jive daya - compassion. Those who are little faithful, give them an opportunity to come to Krsna. Chant Hare Krishna. ‘ Jive daya’ - be kind to them. Hand over the holy name to them. So jive daya - vaisnava seva.
May your Ruci , your liking , your attraction for the holy name increase day by day. That is our mission. We will stop here. See you another day.