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     The holy name is the greatest and yet the easiest obtainable spiritual treasure.  This treasure is obtained by the jiva who chants with faith and devotion, not caring for  karma, jnana and yoga.  That jiva quickly and easily ascends to the highest perfection by following the method of namabhajana described above. 


      This method is the best of methods, better even than other methods of bhakti.  The basic requirement for successful accomplishment of namabhajana is that the sadhaka must totally shun bad association and engage in the practice of devotional service in the company of saintly devotees of the Lord.  Pure love of Krishna is the expression of unalloyed devotional service.


     Only a pure devotee's heart has the inclination and capability of receiving prema; the non-devotee's heart denies it.  Prema refuses to enter the heart of one who does not keep the company  of pure devotees.  The jiva's decision to accept either good or bad association has a powerful and lasting influence on his destiny.


     There are three essential traits that must be cultivated to obtain success in chanting the holy name of the Lord: saintly association, isolation from the disturbances of mundane life, and determined, confident enthusiasm.


      After saying this, Shrila Haridasa Thakura declared himself to be very low and materially engrossed, bereft of good association and always engaged in selfdeception.  Although Shrila Haridasa is himself a nityasiddha associate of the Lord, he expressed himself in this humble way.  Humility is the ornament of prema.


The Lord's special favor upon Shrila Haridasa Thakur


     Shrila Haridasa continued, "O Lord, kindly shower upon me  Your causeless mercy (ahaitukikripa).  I pray that You grant me entry into the realm of bhakti-rasa."  Saying this, Shrila Haridasa fell unconscious in loving ecstasy, fully selfsurrendered at the Lord's lotus feet.


     Ahaitukikripa means 'causeless mercy'.  By saying this, Shrila Haridasa implied that he was spiritually unaccomplished and therefore had no hope for the kind of mercy Lord Krishna bestows upon His pure devotees. In his mood of utter helplessness he simply prayed for Lord Chaitanya's unconditional grace.


       Shrila Haridasa Thakur is famous for nama-bhajana and his teachings on the glories of the holy name,  yet he is also the recipient of Lord Chaitanya's special mercy.  He is such an authority on the philosophy of namarasa that once, when Lord Chaitanya was relishing the topics of RadhaKrishna lila with Shri Ramananda Raya and Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya in the courtyard of Shrila Haridasa Thakur's bhajana-kutir, Shrila Haridasa repeatedly expounded at length on the glories of nama-rasa to the rapt attention of the other exalted persons present. 


     Lord Chaitanya was moved by divine loving emotions upon hearing Shrila Haridasa's Thakura's plea for mercy.  Lifting Shrila Haridasa up in His embrace, the Lord then spoke in confidence to him.  "O Haridasa!  Listen attentively to what I have to say.  The truth about the holy name will be hidden by mischievious rascals who will create a dark shroud of ignorance over the entire world.  At that time, these excellent and unrivalled instructions of yours about chanting in the association of saintly persons shall be understood only by a remaining handful of devotees."


     What did Lord Chaitanya mean by 'mischievous rascals'?  The prime candidates for this appellation are the various upstart sects like the sahajiyas, aulas, baulas and so on, who propagate  bogus mundane doctrines disguised as Mahaprabhu's own teachings; they indeed conceal from the world the pure philosophy of Krishna consciousness expounded by the Lord Himself in His Siksastaka.


     The Lord continued, "The true path of the holy name will be followed by saintly souls who are totally detached from material life.  They will chant the holy name with bhava and will therefore be known be known as rasikabhaktas.  Their bhava will be  that of separation; by their chanting they will relish the pastimes of RadhaKrishna and the eight principal gopis.


     "The jiva is blessed with pure bhakti only on the strength of his sukriti, or piety and faith.  Not everyone is entitled to have such devotion, but in order to instill such devotion in the hearts of the faithful, I have descended to propagate the chanting of the holy name as the religion for this age.  The chanting of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare is factually the jiva's inherent and eternal religion.


     "My dear Haridasa, in the accomplishment of this mission I depend upon your help, and thus I am hearing from you the glories of the holy name."


     The Harinama Cintamani, this touchstone of the Lord's holy name, is an unfathomable mine of divine nectar.  Whoever tastes it is truly fortunate and is blessed by Krishna; he is a great soul and always blissfully serves Lord Krishna in spontaneous loving devotion.  I am a fallen soul; I clasp his feet and humbly pray that the remnants of this nectar should be distributed profusely, thus spreading divine bliss to everyone.


Thus Ends Shri Harinama Cintamani