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Title: Another Gem From the Chaitanya Bhagavata
User: neilsf Date: 2006-10-18 12:23:21
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
I am so happy to share an amazing passage of Adi Lila Chapter 14.
It makes me happy because in the passage the Lord says that there is no other religious practice needed in this age of Kali Yuga than the chanting of the Holy Names.
I am so happy that the Lord makes it so easy for us. I've explored other spiritual paths and many of them involve elaborate worship and severe penances and they tend to be complicated. But chanting the Holy Names is SO easy and is the most effective way to connect with God.
Jai Shri Gaura Hari!!!
Jai Shri Nityananda!!!
Jai Shri Gurudeva Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami Gaurangapada!!!
The Supreme Lord remained for sometime in Bangladesh and then returned of His own desire to Navadvipa. When the residents of East Bengal learned that the Lord would leave they immediately collected gifts and precious treasures to give Him. They presented Him gold, silver, drinking vessels, beautiful mats, soft and warm blankets and a variety of clothes. Each person took what was most precious in his house and joyfully offered it to the Lord. In reciprocation the Lord blessed each person and accepted his gift. The Supreme Lord Shri Gaura Hari personally visited each of the residents and after taking leave, He started for Navadvipa. Many students decided to accompany the Lord to Navadvipa where they could study under Him.
As the Lord was about to leave, an intelligent Brahmana, named Tapan Misra approached Him. Although Tapan Misra was a pure devotee and was well versed in the conclusions of the Vedas, he could find no one to answer his questions on the perfect spiritual path and the ultimate and absolute worshipable object. He constantly chanted the holy name of Krishna, yet he felt dissatisfied in the absence of proper spiritual practice. He had lived in a perturbed state of mind for sometime, but because of his piety he was awarded a vision in an early morning dream. An effulgent person who looked like a demigod spoke some confidential constructions to him. "Listen O brahmana, you are a renounced soul, so do not worry so much. Pacify your mind. Go and meet Nimai Pandita. He will explain all that you want to know about the spiritual path and spiritual goals. He is not an ordinary mortal, but the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Narayana. He has appeared in this material world, accepting a human body to perform his wonderful transcendental pastimes. But I warn you not repeat to anyone what I have just told you, for this knowledge is most confidential. It is not available, even in the Vedas. If you reveal this then you will suffer unbearable pain life after life."
The demigod disappeared from his dream and the brahmana woke up. He was thrilled by his wonderful vision and shed tears of joy. Convinced that his fortune has changed, the brahmana received new life and left immediately to meet the Lord. When he reached the bank of Padmavali he saw Lord Gaurasundara surrounded by many hundreds of disciples. In the midst of that enchanting scene he threw himself down at the Lord's lotus feet and then stood up with folded hands.
The brahmana said, "I am a fallen and wretched person. Please look upon me mercifully and destroy my bewilderment. I have no knowledge about the perfect spiritual path and the ultimate goal of human life. Be gracious and impart this knowledge to me. My heart does not long for material enjoyment and luxuries, please tell me, O merciful Lord, what will be the ultimate shelter for my soul."
The Lord said, "O brahmana, who can describe your good fate? You have a desire to worship the Supreme Lord Krishna, and that is the highest and most perfect path. It is very difficult to be a devotee of the Lord so the Lord comes in every millennium to establish proper standards of religion. He appears in each of the four Yugas to establish the particular religious practice for that Yuga himself, and then He returns to His spiritual abode. 'In order to deliver the pious and annihilate the miscreants as well as to reestablish the principles of religion I advent millennium after millennium.'
"The Lord appears in every millennium, accepting different incarnations with different complexions like white, red and yellow. Most recently, in the later portion of Dvapar Yuga, He appeared with a blackish complexion so He was called Krishna. In the four yugas there are four different authorized processes of religion for the elevation of human society. The religious practice for the age of Kali is congregational chanting of the holy name of Lord Krishna. The real purpose of religion is to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Hari."
"In different yugas different religious practices were established by the Supreme Lord himself to achieve this end. In Kali Yuga the recommended authorized religious practice is congregational chanting of Krishna's name and this process includes all the other previous processes. Therefore, in Kali Yuga chanting the holy name is the essential religious principle and no other religious practice can help one cross over the material ocean of nescience. Constantly chant the Lord's name in any situation. Even the Vedas fail to sufficiently describe the super excellent qualities of chanting of the holy name of the Lord."
"Listen my dear Misra, in Kali Yuga there is no need for severe penances or performance of opulent sacrifices; whoever worships the Supreme Lord Krishna he will be crowned with fortune and success. So go back to your home and worship Lord Krishna with undeviating faith and attention, giving up falsehood and pretensions. By chanting the holy name of Lord Hari, Krishna, you will simultaneously obtain both the proper spiritual practice and the ultimate goal. In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.
I am repeating this great chant for deliverance to you. This consists of sixteen names of the Supreme Lord with thirty two syllables: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. By constantly chanting and worshiping this Maha Mantra, your heart will feel the first blossoming of love and God; then gradually you will understand the truth about the proper spiritual path and the ultimate spiritual goal."
Having received such sublime instructions from the Lord, Tapan Misra offered repeated obeisances at His lotus feet and then said, "O Lord, with your permission, I would like to accompany You."
The Lord replied, "You should go immediately to Varanasi; there I shall reveal the answers to your request."
The Lord then embraced him, and the brahmana felt his entire body surge with horripilations and spiritual ecstasy. The Lord's embrace filled Shri Misra with immeasurable happiness. As the Lord prepared to leave, Misra held His feet tightly and confidently narrated his entire dream. After hearing it the Lord said, "You must be very careful not to reveal this to anyone." He repeated the same instruction to the brahmana, and then sensing that the auspicious moment had arrived for Him to leave, He laughed loudly and proceeded to Navadvipa. Thus the Lord purified the entire tract of East Bengal and then returned home.
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