21st January 2020Sarvatma Snapanam
Hare Krishna. I. I am very happy and pleased that nearly 495-500 participants are chanting with us from all over the world.Keep chanting.
When I was rewarded this garland of flowers, I was reminded of Lord Caitanya when He visited Simhachal.
sri mahaprabhu simhachal gela
Gela is a Marathi word. Así means mother. Saci Mata is called as Aai which is also used in Marathi.
Lord Caitanya went to Simhachal. Simha means Narasimha and achal means Mountain. So Simhachal is where Lord Narasimha stays on the top of the mountain hill. Lord Caitanya offered His obeisances to Lord Narasimha. When you read, the idea is that we also see when we hear. That scene should be in front of us. We should see Lord Caitanya offering obeisances to Lord Narasimha. Both are the same Lord. The Lord is offering obeisances to Himself. He is also dancing and glorifying.
Jai Jai Narasimha
praladesa jaya padma
mukha padma bhrnga
Praladesa means Prahalad+esa. The Lord of Prahlada means Narasimha. Bhrnga means bee. Only saying Jaya Narasimha is singing glory. Prahaladesh means the Lord of Prahalad. Laksmi has become bhrnga (bee) and She Is wondering around His face. We can also say that the Lord has become bhringa. Laksmi who is also called Padma stays on the chest of the Lord and is also there. The Lord has become a Bee and is drinking the beauty of the lotus face of Laksmi.
Ugram viram mahavishnum jvalantam sarvato mukham narasimham bhishanam bhadram mrtyum mrtyum namamyaham
In this sloka the 9 names of Narasimha are described.
There are 8 Narasimhas in Andhra Pradesh and a 9th in Simhachal. Are you taking darsana of the 9 Narasimhas that I am showing you?
We have published a photograph in our Padayatra Magazine. In that you will find darsana of Narasimha. Lord Caitanya is singing the glories of the Lord in ecstasy. The temple pujari brought the garland of Narasimha and offered it to Lord Caitanya. He also would have offered Tulasi at the feet of the Lord. In this way, the pujari welcomed Lord Caitanya. This is also the garland from Narasimha Kshetra which I have been offered. I was reminded of that when I was offered this garland.
In yesterday’s Japa talk we were discussing the conversation between Ramanand Rai and Mahaprabhu on the banks of the river Godavari.
When we read or hear anything, that scene should be in front of us. We should visualise Lord Caitanya offering obeisances to Lord Narasimha. Have you visited Simhachal? Srila Prabhupada and I had also gone to Simhachal. If you have not visited, then please go because one day we have to leave this world. Do not be attached to your house. When Lord Caitanya took darsana of Godavari, He immediately thought of Yamuna Devi. He was so Krishna Conscious. Any little fragrance or touch or water made Him remember Vrindavan. As soon as He sees a cloud He remembers Syamsundar. How are the clouds? They are dark just like Syam. This kind of remembrance used to take place in the case of Radha and the Gopis. Lord Caitanya is in the mood of Radharani. Whenever He saw any river, He remembers Yamuna. When He saw any forest, He would remember Vrindavan, the forest of Vrinda. If He used to see any hill, He would remember Govardhan. He has fully developed Krishna consciousness.
This is simple living and high thinking. Krsna’s thoughts are only high thinking.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
When we are doing Kirtana, Lord Caitanya is pleased. Because He Himself chanted the maha-mantra. As soon as Lord Caitanya saw a river, a cloud or a hill then He would directly connect with Krsna. When we chant Hare Krishna we also establish direct contact with Krsna. Lord Caitanya was so Krishna conscious that there was no limit to his ecstasy.
anandam budhi vardhanam
We sing in Damodarastakam
itīdṛk sva-līlābhir ānanda-kuṇḍe
Lord Damodar plays such pastimes and the Vrajavasis and associates of Lord Caitanya are taking a dip in the ocean of ecstasy when they witness the Lord’s pastimes.
Lord Caitanya has sometimes spoken on the chanting of Hare Krishna in His own astakam.
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam
When we chant our soul is having abhishek. We also take a dip in the ocean of the nectar of the holy name. There is no limit to the ecstasy. We also have to experience this ecstasy. Our past acaryas have experienced this. We have the means - nama sankirtana by following the rules and regulations of Japa and by learning how to chant.
One devotee of ISKCON has compiled a book, ”Art Of Chanting". We need to learn this. At the time of initiation, we are given this homework. Chant a minimum 16 rounds of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra daily. Follow the 4 regulative principles. We are reminded of the ten offences. The aim of our life is to get Krsna Prema. We should attain Krsna Prema as soon as possible.
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