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Tremendous influence of Nama-Sankirtan

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2007-06-13 16:42:00
After the acceptance of Sanyas, Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu toured all over India for a period of six years sanctifying all the places on His way and converting lacs and lacs of people to His unique path of Transcendental Love by spreading the Divine Dispensation of Nama-Sankirtan (congregational chanting of the Holy Names). He conquered the whole of India, from the great Himalyas to Cape Comorin by this most efficacious, catholic, and simple method. This new process is profound and easy at once. It has got the dual capacity of satisfying a profound scholar well-versed in the Sastras and gifted with the art of debate, and an ordinary unlettered man of the street. This marvelous combination in bringing together persons, diametrically opposite, under a single banner was never before experienced by any one in the whole history of the world. Such a unique and sublime process of self-realization accessible to the classes and masses was never popularized to the inhabitants of India or the world by any of the Prophets, Messiahs, Acharyas, Saints, Philosophers, or even the Descents (Avataras) of the Supreme Lord prior to the Advent of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This is an undisputed fact. Making full use of this wonderful weapon of the highest potency, He did marvels which human language cannot adequately express. The tremendous influence of the Nama-Sankirtan (congregational chanting of the Holy Names) has pierced through all our adamantine coatings, the result of the worst type of the accumulated heaps of sins of many births, and left Its impressions of firm faith and love to the Beloved Supreme Lord Shri Gaura-Krishna. Everyone without exception could feel the inexpressible glory, the universal and all round efficacy of the Name. That a good many of them have lately adopted this process of chanting the Divine Names, is the solid proof of Its efficacy and popularity. Even the wild animals were no exceptions; inspired by the Divine Influence of the Holy Name, they forgot their ferocious nature-the worst animal instincts in them- they danced; they kissed each other, they rubbed their faces; they shouted with extreme joy; they rolled on the ground and what other wonderful actions they did, can be adequately expressed only by an eyewitness.

(Adapted from "Divine Name" - Ch.10 "Mahaprabhu's Discourse on Naam")

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