22nd SEPTEMBER 2019
LORD PROTECTS THE CHANTERS
We appreciate you all and congratulate you all for chanting with us this morning also. Today is Sunday and we have only 396 participants so far. Currently world holy name festival is going on and considering that the number of chanters are less. Some of the devotees who chant with us on this conference either they are sleeping or they are doing something else and so they are not with us, which is a sorry state of affairs.
Namacarya Sri Haridas Thakur ki jai! He is our Namacarya. Acarya of the holy name. Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu designated him as namacarya. Who designated him? The Supreme Personality of Godhead! Gauranga! Lord designated, promoted, appointed him as namacarya. Acarya of the holy name. By his mercy only we used to chant and we are chanting and also celebrating this world holy name festival. By the mercy of Namacarya Srila Haridas Thakur only we will be able to celebrate this World Holy Name Festival successfully.
Otherwise he is also an acarya of our sampradaya, Brahma- Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya. First acarya or found acarya is Brahma and he appeared as Brahma-Haridas. His name is Brahma-Haridas so he is Brahma and Haridas. We pray at his lotus feet, for his mercy. Those participants of the
world holy name festival and those who are listening now to the glories, from all over the planet and those who are participating, require the mercy of Haridas Thakur. World Holy Name Festival requires boost and blessings and divine intervention of Haridas Thakur. He could do such things and we need his power. We require his blessings when we are in the middle of this herculean task of celebrating World Holy Name Festival. And those who are not participating in this festival, may Namacarya Haridas Thakur give them intelligence and engage them also in glorification of the holy name, by organising and participating in this festival.
There were very difficult circumstances. Against all odds namacarya Sri Haridas Thakur chanted. One of the situations was when he was being
beaten in public in the marketplace. Still he did not stop chanting. Lord had noticed this, how this devotees namacarya Haridas Thakur, was beaten by Chand Kazi's men. Lords heart melted and he had rushed to the scene. With his Sudarshan chakra. Lord was ready to cut the necks off. Just then Lord noticed in spite of all such treatment being given by Chand kazi's men , Haridas Thakur was mercifully disposed and very kind to them. So then Lord decided not to use his weapon , Sudarshan to kill or crush this folks into pieces, Lord did not do so. Then he did something else to protect namacarya Shri Haridas Thakur. Which was that market place that we cannot tell you.
But that scene, comes to our mind when talking today. When namacarya Haridas Thakur was being beaten in the marketplace public also was
watching, and there were various reactions of different people on Haridas Thakur being beaten. And what was the reaction of the Lord? He had also appeared at the scene. We try to visualise this scene. The Lord is there with his Sudarshan and then He couldn't use His Sudarshan, as Haridas Thakur was being kind to those who were beating him. Then He was thinking of some alternative to protect him. How should I protect My Haridas? So then what did the Lord do? Lord was coming in between Haridas Thakur and those who were beating him and all that beating which was done with so many long and strong sticks, they were now beating on the back of the Lord, Gauranga. Then Caitanya Mahaprabhu displayed very extraordinary pastime, which lasted for 21 hours, sapta-prahar Mahaprakash Lila in Navadvip Mayapur.
So series of various scenes were there and one of them was namacarya Haridas Thakur and Gauranga Mahaprabhu reciprocating and talking, so during that time Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu uncovered his back. Haridas Thakur looked and saw the marks on Mahaprbhu’s back, marks of the beating with the stick. When Haridas Thakur saw that, immediately he realised and he was reminded of that ghastly episode where he was being beaten. He realised that the beating had taken place on the back of his Lord so he lost external consciousness. He started rolling on the ground. ‘Oh for my sake my Lord has taken this beating. Just see the kindness of my Lord. ……..na me bhaktah pranasyati. He has declared in Bhagavad-Gita, that My devotees will never be perished. He had declared that. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu had also saved Haridas Thakur. He used to say , - suno suno Nityanand suno Haridas, please chant and spread the glories of the holy name, and then report back to me. Do not fear, I will be there, if need be, I could come on the scene to take care.
paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam …… I will appear and take care of those dusta or miscreants. He had mentioned that to Nityananda Prabhu and Haridas Thakur. So here we see that promise that He had given to Arjun on the battlefield of Kurukshetra and also as Caitanya Mahaprabhu was fulfilled. ‘You go. Here you propagate, you chant the holy name. If anyone is opposing I will take care, I will come in the middle of those. We see all this demonstration of that promise. His words we remember when such pastime took place. It reminds us of the glories of the holy name, glories of Gauranga, and glorious chanter of the holy name namacarya Sri Haridas Thakur. So that is the thing you should be reminded to remember, while chanting. Books are the basis, siddhant or bases of the power of chanting of the holy name of the Lord. So you are chanting and dancing, doing japa or Harinama. Japa that we do, is for our own good. We cannot just remain Bhajananandi's ,
just selfish, self centred, worried about our own liberation only. In Gaudiya Vaisnava parampara, there are 'gostyanandi' , spreading the glories of the Lord and the holy name, share them with others. Gostyanand. Bodhayantaha parasparam'. So japa is ‘Bhaja anand' and Harinama Sankirtana on the streets as it is happening now, in Noida and other places, is Gostyanand.
64 rounds are also chanted. I am seeing the whole scene in the Ahmedabad, devotees have gathered with the mission of chanting 64 rounds. I am also getting reports from Bhiwandi and other places. Lots of 64 rounds chanting is being done. That's nice, others could also do this. This Japa time is also part of the holy name festival. Chant more and more rounds, get new people to chant.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
In Noida Temple yesterday 120 visitors chanted one round of Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Others also can do such things. New people some 4000
people were invited in Noida temple and they were also given beads and they chanted. Prema Padmini mataji sent report , they devotees chanted in the park this morning which was a beautiful scene, in the park so many people sitting and chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna. They are visitors and they also chant. From Noida Sita Rani Mataji manage to go on the streets to do Harinama.
There is a report from Dubai. There Matajis are making visitors chant one round of maha-mantra which is appreciated. We also heard report from
Madhavanandini from Russia, that devotees are getting together and they are doing Marathon of chanting. Radhika Raman Prabhu from Toronto
participated in chanting with us this morning. He didn't share any reports. Is Toronto Temple participating in the holy name festival? If not, participate now in the World Holy Name Festival. Remind Bhaktimarga Swami Maharaja to arrange special programs for World Holy Name Festival. Give my message to him. Reports are pouring in. Hare Krishna to all the organizers. Kanpur is going on padayatra.
So today, tomorrow and day after tomorrow still you have the chance. Today is Sunday, you can make this holiday into a holy day. Don't take breaks, stay busy. Today we are expecting more than 10000 devotees from Delhi NCR, and there will be Maha Maha Sankirtana in Delhi today. I will also be there. You can do something similar in your respective countries. There is one more report which I can see now reports are just pouring in. Yesterday in different parks around Noida, 550 new people chanted one round of maha-mantra.