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Naam Reveals the Naami
By Swami Gaurangapada
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pranams!
Last few days, I have been having a lot of beautiful realizations while doing Naam kirtana (singing). But the flow of those realizations is so inundating, to pen them down later, becomes quite an austerity. And since those realizations while singing the Naam come in so much rapid succession, I am not able to easily pen them down later in words. Anyway I will attempt to do so just for my own purification.
As I was singing Nityananda Gauranga Naam today, I saw Lord Adavita Acharya in Shantipur Dhaam loudly roaring Nityananda Gauranga Naam and rolling on the ground in extreme ecstasy with all the eight ecstatic symptoms manifested on His divine body. Then when I started singing Nityananda Raam, Nityananda Raam...lo and behold, I could see Lord Nityananda Prabhu walking under the beautiful mango trees and groves in Shantipur Dhaam and approaching the home of Lord Advaita Acharya. He was walking like a maddened elephant and it became obvious to me that He was greatly attracted to the roaring of Lord Advaita. May I always behold this wonderful vision is the most exotically beautiful Shantipur Dhaam, the eternal residence of Lord Advaita Chandra!!!
When I started singing the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, I was inundated with very sweet realizations by the causeless mercy of Shri Shri Radha Krishna. I could see within Lord Krishna blowing in His flute and informing the Gopies and Shrimati Radharani of Their meeting place for the night pastimes with the notes of His flute. Lord Krishna was so eager to meet Shri Radha that the flute was trembling in His hands. And Shrimati Radhika was almost unconscious in separation from Lord Krishna. On chanting the Holy Name "Hare", I could see Shrimati Radhika in Her palace stirring on hearing the notes of Lord Krishna's flute from Her complete absorption in the pastimes which occured at noon in Shri Radha Kunda. It is very astonishing how Naam merges so nicely with the eightfold daily pastimes going on in the spiritual world.
I am a little weary about writing my Naam realizations while chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra as it falls in the category of advanced topics and I am the lowest of the low. Still by the causeless mercy of Lord Nityananda, I am doing this as it helps me to remember how much Naam has been merciful to me each today. Naam is the only sustenance of my soul. Without Naam, I would be zero. This is a thing we normally tend to forget very easily and thus neglect to express our gratefulness to the all-powerful Holy Naam of the Supreme Lord.