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Title: 04 Shrimad Bhagavatam
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-10 19:22:23
In the Shrimad-Bhagavatam (11.5.32,36), Shrila Karabhajana Muni speaks to Videharaja Nimi:
krishna-varnam tvishakrishnam, sangopangastra-parshadam;
yajnaih sankirtana-prayair, yajanti hi su-medhasah.
“In the age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra to worship the incarnation of Godhead Lord Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who constantly sings the name of Krishna in the form of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Although His complexion is not blackish but is like molten gold, He is Krishna Himself. He is eternally accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons, and confidential companions.”
kalim sabhajayanty arya, guna-jnah sara-bhaginah;
yatra sankirtanenaiva, sarva-svartho ’bhilabhyate.
“Those who are advanced and highly qualified and are interested in the essence of life know the good qualities of Kali-yuga. Such people worship the Age of Kali because in this age one can advance in spiritual knowledge and attain life's goal simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.”
In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (12.3.51,52) it is said:
kaler dosha-nidhe rajann, asti hy eko mahan gunah;
kirtanad eva krishnasya, mukta-bandhah param vrajet.
“My dear King, although Kali-yuga is full of faults, there is still one good quality about this age. It is that simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom.
krite yad dhyayato vishnum, tretayam yajato makhaih;
dvapare paricaryayam, kalau tad dhari-kirtanat.
“Whatever result was obtained in Satya-yuga by meditating on Vishnu, in Treta-yuga by performing sacrifices and in Dvapara-yuga by serving the Lord’s lotus feet can also be obtained in Kali-yuga simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.”
Padma Purana (Uttara-khanda 72.25) states:
dhyayan krite yajan yajnais, tretayam dvapare ’rcayan;
yad apnoti tad apnoti, kalau sankirtya kesavam.
“Whatever is achieved by meditation in Satya-yuga, by the performance of yajna in Treta-yuga or by the worship of Krishna’s lotus feet in Dvapara-yuga is obtained very easily in the Age of Kali simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
In the Narayana Samhita, it is stated:
dvapariyair janair vishnuh, pancaratrais tu kevalaih;
kalau tu nama-matrena, pujyate bhagavan harih.
“In Dvapara-yuga one could satisfy Krishna or Vishnu only by worshiping Him gorgeously according to the pancaratriki system, but in the Age of Kali one can satisfy and worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead Hari simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.”
In the Vishnu Rahasya, it is stated:
yad abhyarcya harim bhaktya, krite kratu-satair api;
phalam prapnoty avikalam, kalau govinda-kirtanat .
“Whatever fruit can be obtained in Satya-yuga by devotedly worshiping Shri Hari through the performance of hundreds of sacrifices for hundreds of years, that same result can be obtained very quickly in Kali-yuga simply by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.”
In the last of the 18,000 verses of Shrimad-Bhagavatam (12.5.53) it is concluded:
nama-sankirtanam yasya, sarva-papa pranasanam;
pranamo duhkha-samanas, tam namami harim param.
“I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, Hari, the congregational chanting of whose holy names in the form of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra destroys all sinful reactions, and the offering of obeisances unto whom relieves all material suffering.”
In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (8.23.16) it is said:
mantratas tantratas chidram, desa-kalarha-vastutah;
sarvam karoti nischidram, anusankirtanam tava.
“There may be discrepancies in pronouncing the mantras and observing the regulative principles, and, moreover, there may be discrepancies in regard to time, place, person and paraphernalia. But when the Hare Krishna maha-mantra is chanted, everything becomes faultless”
In Shrimad-Bhagavatam (6.33.22) it is said:
etavan eva loke ’smin, pumsam dharmah parah smritah;
bhakti-yogo bhagavati, tan-nama-grahanadibhih.
“Devotional service, beginning with the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, is the ultimate religious principle for the living entity in human society.”