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Title: O Harinama, You Possess Unlimited Forms

User: lilagauranga    Date: 2006-02-23 08:13:11


Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krishna!  I want to tell you about an extraordinary kirtana that Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura wrote and sang; Harinama Tuwa, Aneka Swarupa (O Harinama, You Possess Unlimited Forms). Perhaps we have no idea of the very deep meaning of this kirtana. The analogy is given of a mango seed; we don't see that within the mango seed there is a tree, full with branches, leaves and fruits. The entire tree exists within that seed. If you plant that seed in the earth and water it properly, a very beautiful tree will gradually grow from it.


A large tree with many branches, leaves, beautiful sweet fruits, and manjaris will emerge. Cuckoo birds may sit on the branches and sing; "cuckoo, cuckoo." Everything is within that seed, but when it is still in a seed form, all this is not apparent to us. It will take some time for us to see the complete tree.


Similarly, guru gives sabda-brahma (transcendental sound, or Bhagavan in the form of sound) in the holy name, Hare Krishna, but we have not realized anything yet. We chant because Gurudeva has told us to do so. After some days, if we don't see any result, we become disheartened and give up our chanting. We think, "Oh, there is nothing there." On the other hand, if a sad-guru gives harinama to any strong devotee, that devotee will have so many realizations by following the process of bhakti. He will see Krishna's pastimes in the seed of the holy name and think, "Oh, Krishna is taking birth from Yasoda". He will think, "Nanda Baba is supporting and nourishing Krishna. Krishna is very restless. He is stealing butter from different gopis and is wrestling with Baladeva Prabhu."


All the pastimes of Krishna are present in the holy name, and a pure devotee can see them all. If the disciple can realize the meaning of this kirtana, he will develop a real taste and never fall down. But he must develop some taste.


A devotee may receive harinama from his gurudeva and begin chanting, but if one is not becoming free from anarthas and is not developing a taste, he will give up chanting and his devotional service as well.


Many have fallen because they have no faith in their gurudeva or the holy names. Without this faith, one cannot realize that Shrimati Radhika, Krishna, and rasa are all present in the seed of this name, Hare Krishna. All the pastimes of Krishna described in this song (Hari Nama Tuwa) are present within it; all the Vraja-lila, Mathura-lila, Dvaraka-lila, and Goloka Vrndavana lila are there.


Moreover, new pastimes, which have not been written in Shrimad Bhagavatam, can be discovered in this song. Our gosvamis discovered so many pastimes, and other gosvamis, like Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, may come and reveal more and more.


You should aspire to be like our gosvamis. Have full faith in your guru and continue chanting. Don't be satisfied with chanting only 16 rounds. This is not sufficient to control your restless mind, which is wandering here and there and thinking of worldly things. Chant 64 rounds or 128 rounds with strong faith, and then you will realize all these truths. Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has said that very strong faith is required.


The Thakura has written thousands of songs like, "yasomati nandana vraja-varo-nagara, gokula-ranjana kana" and "bolo hari hari, mukunda murari, rama krishna hayagriva." All of the important pastimes of Krishna are within these songs, and if you sing them with faith and honor, these pastimes will be revealed to you. We should try to sincerely follow Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. He gave us a treasure chest of realized transcendental literature, and that is why he is called the Seventh Gosvami.                       ........Tridandisvami Shri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja.


Title: Re: O Harinama, You Possess Unlimited Forms

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-02-23 09:36:41


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Thankyou for this post Lila Gauranga dasa. If a particular post is not written by you but by some other devotee, it would be nice to mention the name of the original author if available. Also, please post a new post directly in the sub-forum for the current month rather than the parent forum like for example the current sub-forum would be Feb06 for posting new messages in any forum category.