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Hari Nama Chintamini
Thakura Haridasa in Hari-nama-cintamani:
kalite gauna-pathera durddasha-
“The potency of the indirect processes of self-realization has badly deteriorated in Kali-yuga.
satya-yuge dhyana-joge kata rishi-gane;
shuddha kori dile prabhu nija-bhakti dhane.
“In the Satya-yuga, sages who took up the process of meditation and yoga were personally purified by Krishna and given the treasure of devotional service.
treta-yuge yajna-karme aneka shodhile;
dvapare arcana-marge bhakti vilaile.
“In the Treta-yuga, many got purified by doing sacrificies and in Dvapara-yuga, the Lord gave bhakti to those who engaged in Deity worship in the temple.
kali-agamane natha jivera durddasha;
dekhi jnana, karma, yoga chadila bharasa.
“With the advent of Kali-yuga, Lord Krishna saw the unfortunate and degraded condition of the living entities and relinquished all hope in the processes of karma, jnana and yoga.
alpa ayu, bahu pida bala-buddhi-hrasa;
ei saba upadrava jive kaila grasa.
“People in Kali-yuga are short-lived, always harassed by disease, and are born with a weak body, mind and intelligence.
varnashrama-dharma ara sankhya-yoga-jnana;
kali-jive uddharite nahe balavana.
“The observance of varnasrama-dharma and the cultivation of sankhya philosophy, yoga, and empiricism is not capable or strong enough to deliver the fallen souls of Kali-yuga.
jnana karma gata ye bhaktira gauna patha;
kantake sankirna hana haila vipatha.
“The secondary processes to bhakti like jnana and karma have become untraversable due to being covered with thorns.
Purport by Thakura Bhaktivinoda:
“The two secondary processes of speculative philosophical discussion in the association of saintly persons and the ritualistic offering of the fruits of one’s activities by visiting the temples of the Lord, have become cotaminated in Kali-yuga. Genuine saintly persons, now rarely seen, have been displaced by crass, commercial pseudo-spiritualists. Because of the increased craving for sense-gratification, the process of trying to purify the heart by fruitive activities has also become useless. Hence there is nothing auspicious to be achieved by following these secondary paths. Even the process of Deity worship which was the principal spiritual process in Dvapara-yuga has now become contaminated due to unlimited impurities.”
prithak upaya dhari upeya sadhane;
vighna bahutara haila jivera jivane.
“When the spiritual method (like karma, jnana, yoga etc.) involves a means which is different from the goal, there arise many different obstacles for the living entity in the discharging that spiritual process.
prabhu tumi jivera mangala cinta kori;
kali-yuge nama-sange svayam avatari.
“Thus the Lord, considering the welfare of the living entities, descended in Kali-yuga as Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu along with the Hare Krishna maha mantra to propagate the yuga-dharma (the religion of this age).
yuga-dharma pracarile nama-sankirtana;
mukhya pathe jiva paya krishna-prema-dhana.
“Simply by taking up the primary spiritual process and yuga-dharma of chanting Hare Krishna, the jiva attains love of Krishna.
namera smarana ara nama-sankiritana;
ei matra dharma jiva koribe palana.
“The only religious principle which everyone should follow in Kali-yuga is to continuously remember and chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
jei ta sadhana, sei sadhya jabe haila;
upaya upeya madhye bheda na rahila.
“The chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra is not only the means but it is also the goal of spiritual life because it is non-different from Lord Krishna Himself. Thus the means and the goal have become one. This makes chanting superior to all other processes of attaining God as the means and goal are different in the other processes.
sadhyera sadhane ara nahi antaraya;
anayase tare jiva tomara kripaya.
“Thus the difference between the process of worship and goal of that worship no longer exists while chanting Hare Krishna. This makes it very easy for all souls to take shelter of Hare Krishna maha-mantra and achieve perfection.
kali-yuge suduhsadhya anya shubhakarma;
ataeva nama asi haila yuga-dharma.
“In Kali-yuga the other processes to accumulate piety have become extremely difficult to execute. Therefore even though the Hare Krishna maha-mantra is the topmost spiritual process at all times, it has specifically appeared as the only religious principle for this age.
ye bhajila krishna-nama, sei sarvopari.
“One who discards all other activities like religiosity, yoga, sacrifices, fruitive activities, empirical knowledge and so on; and simply worships the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, becomes the topmost transcendentalist and worshippable by the whole world.”
Ananya-buddhete nama grahana koribe-
“One should chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra with unalloyed and one-pointed determination.”
ara kona dharma, karma kabhu na koribe;
svatantra ishvara-jnane anya na pujibe.
“One should never engage in the performance of any other kind of religious practice or pious activity except chanting the maha-mantra & never worship any other demigod considering the demigods as independent or equal to Lord Krishna.”
ataeva ‘nama’ matra vaishnavera dharma;
name prasphutita haya rupa, guna, karma.
“Therefore chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra is the foremost and the sole religious activity (dharma) of a devotee. Because it is from the Hare Krishna maha-mantra that gradually manifest the Lord’s spiritual form, qualities and pastimes.”
krishnera samagra lila name vidyamana;
nama se parama-tattva tomara vidhana.
“The entire panorama of Lord Krishna’s pastimes is present in the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Lord Gauranga has personally declared the Hare Krishna maha-mantra to be the highest Absolute Truth.”
ekati arcana-pravritti, ekati smarana-kirtana-pravritti.
ubhayei samicina haileo smarana-kirtana-pravritti aikantika
bhakta-digera madhye prabala.
“There are two processes in God-realization. One is Deity worship and other is the process of chanting and remembering the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Though both are powerful, the path of chanting and remembering the Hare Krishna maha-mantra is preferred as the most powerful by serious and advanced spiritual aspirants.”