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Title: Song from Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura
User: Damodara Svarupa dasa Date: 2005-04-10 20:06:46
Song from Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura -- By Swami Gaurangapada
I remembered the following song from Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura: harinama tava dhare kata bala...
“My heart is just like a desert, hot with the rays of the sun. This is my internal mental condition. The desire for mortal things cannot satisfy me because by nature they are death-producing. And not one or two, but thousands of such death-producing desires have taken shelter in my mind. So, my subconscious region is always burning. This is my condition. But somehow, by the grace of the sadhu and guru, the Holy Names of the Lord with Their infinite prospect have entered through the holes of my ears and reached the plane of my heart. And there, with some peculiar hope, with infinite, auspicious possibilities, it touched my heart with a new kind of nectar.
“New hope is aroused by that sound of the Holy Name. Then by force it comes from the heart towards the tongue. Not that by the endeavor of my tongue I am producing that sound no. What came from the heart of a pure saint through my ear, entered my heart, and that forcibly appeared on my tongue, and began to dance."
How can anyone ever reach such sublime realizations about the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna without chanting the Holy Names constantly? The more one realizes the benefits of chanting 100,000 Holy Names daily, the more one realizes that is there no other way for complete perfection in spiritual life.
Had this deep realization today that this whole material civilization and efforts of Maya are directed just for one thing: to somehow distract the soul away from the principal spiritual activity of chanting 100,000 Holy Names of the Lord daily.
Job, business, family, community, social, country, sports, news, telivison etc. etc. are all the claws of Maya to somehow make the soul forget the main destination of chanting the 100,000 Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna daily so that the soul remains perpetually entangled in this 8.4 million species of life transmigrating for trillions of lives.
The people are trying to make a few hundred thousand dollars and for that they have to work 8 to 10 hours a day for many many years. Here the Lord is awarding us eternal life in His Kingdom where permanently we will have more opulences and riches than that of the whole universe combined together and He is directly asking us a petty 6 to 8 hours daily for chanting His 100,000 Holy Names just for the remaining years of our life. He has most mercifully given us 24 hours and He is asking 6 to 8 hours in return for our own benefit and we hardly care about His instruction. What a great misfortune! HERE IS HIS ORDER:
In Shri Chaitanya-Bhagavata, Antya Khanda 9.121-122, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu instructed everyone on the qualification to worship Himin Kali Yuga:
(121) prabhu bale,—“jana, ‘lakshesvara’ bali kare?
prati-dina laksha-nama ye grahana kare”
“Do you know who is a Lakshesvara? He is someone who chants one Laksha or My 100,000 Holy Names everyday without fail."
(122) “se janera nama ami bali ‘lakshesvara’
tatha bhiksha amara, na yai anya ghara.”
The Supreme Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu continued—"I call such a person a Laksheshvara. I only accept the offerings in such a person’s house. I never go anywhere else because I seek devotion.”
Unfortunately some devotees reject or neglect or oppose or try to justify not to follow this primary order of the Supreme Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu in the name of their Guru or otherwise. But by doing so they are causing great embarassment to their Guru. Because no Guru will or can minimize the order of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Every Guru and Acharya will uphold this order and want his disciples to reach this standard as soon as possible. That is why Shrila Bhaktisidhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada has written long purports to the above verses of the all-pervading order of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu of chanting 100,000 Names daily to try to reinforce the importance of this order in the hearts and minds of the forgetful souls of Kali Yuga which we will discuss in some other entry in the future.
I beg at the lotus feet of all Gauranga Bhaktas in the past, present and future in the spiritual and material creation to always give me the strength to complete the chanting of 100,000 Holy Names daily come what may. Let me get just a small tiny drop of determination which Shrila Namacharya Haridasa Thakura had to complete his fixed quota of chanting 300,000 Holy Names daily. He had such great determination to complete his sankhya or quantity of chanting daily that he even asked Lord Gauranga to allow him to disappear from this world even in the Lord’s presence because in his old age he was able to complete the 300,000 Holy Names only with great endeavour.
Since chanting of 100,000 Holy Names of the Lord daily is the direct order of the Lord of Kali Yuga Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, this will remain the center of my existence till my very last breath and I pass on this same instruction to all my disciples and devotees as it is for all time to come.