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Title: Mukunda and Other Processes
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-03-13 15:25:23
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Pranam and dandavat.
Dear Sri Gaurangapada, Gurudev,
Q.I used to sing the Hanuman Chalisa daily some years ago. Is it an acceptable practice for an aspiring servant of the Vaisnavas?
I do understand (well..partially) the tremendious and divine benefits of chanting the Mantrarajas. I am asking this question regarding the Hanuman Chalisa as also an example of practices/sadhanas @on the side@ of GD
(ex: others bona fide mantra repetitions, mixing Christian/Buddhist/e.t.c (-name it!-) practices, hatha-yoga, Reiki, ......).Can someone benefits from such practices?While speaking to GD devotees online, I had a very little realization concerning this matter. A bhaktin and friend of mine began dance classes. We discussed and she told me how if improved her spiritual life. Now she dances while chanting and it makes her enter into deep ecstacy of the Holy Names. My conclusion is that all practices that are done/learned in a karuna spirit (compassionate for all sentient beings) and that are awakening love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead can be used to build a strong foundation for Gauranga-Nityananda Yoga.Am I correct on this?Thank you very much Shrila Gurudeva, our Gaurangapada.
My eternal pranam to you.
Haribol! Jaya Lord Nityananda! Jaya Lord Gauranga!
It is a very indirect way and too much mixing of so many practices from different places may not yield beneficial results because it is very difficult to identify whether those practices are authentic or not.
My conclusion is that all practices that are done/learned in a karuna spirit (compassionate for all sentient beings) and that are awakening love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead can be used to build a strong foundation for Gauranga-Nityananda Yoga.Am I correct on this?
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
You are right but since there is a very thin line between compassion and sentimentalism, so we have be very careful with interfaith practices. I would like to recount the pastime of Mukunda and Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu in this regard:
Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata Madhya Khanda 10.173-265:
Smiling and smiling, Lord Gauranga, who makes true His devotees' words, granted every boon.
All this while Mukunda was outside, hiding behind a curtain. Mukunda did not have the power to come before Lord Gauranga.
The great devotee Mukunda was dear to everyone. Everyone thought well of him.
When he sang in k閞tana, Lord Gauranga always listened. Why was he being punished by the Lord? No one knew.
The Lord did not call for him, so he had no power to come. When the devotees saw this, sadness was born in their hearts.
莚関a鏰 said, "O master of the universes, please listen. How did Mukunda offend You?
"Mukunda is dear to You. To us, he is our life and soul. Who, hearing Mukunda's singing, does not melt?
"He is diligent in devotional service. He is respectful to all. Without seeing an offense in him, You have put him in disgrace..
"If he has committed an offense, then punish him. Why do You reject Your servant and send him far away?
"If You do not call for him, he cannot come before You. O Lord, please allow him to see You. Please say that he has permission."
Then Lord Gauranga said, "Never speak like that to Me. Don't plead that wretched person's case to Me.
"The words you have heard, `Sometimes he takes up a blade of grass, and sometimes he takes up an iron mace,' apply to Mukunda. You don't know the truth about him.
"One moment he has a blade of grass between his teeth, and the next moment he attacks Me with an iron mace. I will not look at that fellow holding a blade of grass and an iron mace."
Very eloquent 莚関鋝a again said, "Who is qualified to understand Your powers?
"We did not see any fault in Mukunda. The fact that Your lotus feet made him fearless is a witness that testifies in his favor."
Then Lord Gauranga said, "Wherever he goes, that wretch talks like the people he meets.
"When he is with the impersonalists, he talks the imp"ersonal philosophy of Vasistha. When he is with the devotees, he places a blade of grass between his teeth and he sings and dances.
"When he is with people of other samprad鋣as he does not glorify devotional service. In this way again and again he attacks Me with an iron mace.
"To these people he says, `There is something better than devotional service.' In this way again and again he attacks Me with an iron mace.
"He has committed an offense to devotional service. Therefore he cannot see Me."
Staying outside, Mukunda heard everything. He heard the words, "He cannot see Me".
Previously, by his guru's order, Mukunda did not think highly of devotional service. Lord Gauranga knew all this. That is Lord Gauranga's great power.
The great devotee Mukunda thought in his heart, "It is not right for me to keep this body alive.
"I should at once leave this offensive body. When will I see the Lord again? I don't know."
Then Mukunda openly said, "Listen, O 莚関鋝a 謍鋕ura. Please ask the Lord when I will see Him again."
Again and again Mukunda shed tears from his eyes. Because of Mukunda's suffering, all the devotees wept.
Lord Gauranga said, "After ten million births he will see Me again. Of this there is no doubt."
Hearing these words from the Lord's mouth, Mukunda became splashed with bliss.
Calling out, "I will! I will!", he danced wildly. Mukunda, a true servant of the Lord, was overcome with love.
With his ears hearing the words, "He will see", Mukunda danced in bliss.
Seeing Mukunda, Lord Gauranga laughed and said, "Bring Mukunda at once."
All the Vai耠avas called out, "Bring Mukunda!" Overcome with bliss, Mukunda was not aware of anything.
The Lord said, "Mukunda, your offense is now destroyed. Come. Look at Me. Take My mercy."
By the Lord's order everyone went, picked up Mukunda and carried him there. Seeing the Lord, Mukunda at once fell down before Him.
The Lord said, "Rise. Rise, Mukunda. You do not have even half a sesame seed worth of an offense to Me.
"Your fault of associating with bad people is now destroyed. Now you have conquered Me.
"When I said the words, `After ten million births he will see Me again', in half a sesame seed's worth of time you destroyed all your offenses.
"You had full faith in My words. By that faith you have made Me eternally a prisoner in your heart.
"You are My singer. Stay in My association. I enjoy talking and joking with you.
"Even if you commit ten million offenses, those offenses are not really offenses, for you are very dear to Me.
"Your body is filled with devotional service. You are My servant. I always stay on your tongue."
Hearing these reassuring words from the Lord, Mukunda wept. He rebuked himself. He described himself as a fool.
He said, "I have no faith in devotional service. I am worthless like a pile of ashes. I am completely empty of devotion. Why is it, then, that when I gaze at Your face I become filled with bliss?
"Duryodhana saw Your universal form, which scholars search the Vedas to see.
"Although he saw Your universal form, Duryodhana and his family all perished. He did not find happiness, for he had no devotion to You.
"Like him, I have no faith in devotional service. I am worthless like a pile of ashes. Why is it, then, that when I gaze at Your face I become filled with bliss and love?
"When You went to kidnap Rukmi腴, all the kings saw You flying on Garu騛.
"At the time of the abhi馿ka named R鋔a-r鋔e鐅ara all the kings saw Your effulgent form.
"The form You directly manifested in the city of Vidarbha, Brahm?and all the demigods yearn to see.
"When they saw Your form, all the kings perished. They did not attain happiness, for they had no devotion to You.
"Assuming the form of a boar whose limbs were made of the Ved?yaj颽s, You appeared from the waters.
"Then You, the limitless Lord, picked up the earth in Your tusks. All the demigods yearned to see this form of Yours.
"The demon Hir鋘y鋕馻 saw this wonderful form. Still, he did not attain happiness, for he had no devotion to You.
"Hir鋘y鋕馻's brother also saw a very confidential form of Yours, and form whose chest is the resting-placed of Goddess Lak駇?
"The three worlds call this wonderful form `N錽i鄅a'.Even though he saw this form, Hir鋘y鋕馻's brother perished, for he had no devotion to You.
"I am worthless like a pile of ashes. I have no faith in devotional service. It is a great wonder, then, that my head has not already been severed and fallen to the ground.
"How is it that Kubj? the yaj颽-patn閟, the women of Mathur? and the garland-maker were able to see You?
"They attained You because they engaged in devotional service. At the same time Ka鄐a saw You and perished.
"I am worthless like a pile of ashes. I have no faith in devotional service. Still You are merciful and You protect me.
"By the power of His devotional service, very powerful Lord Ananta 莈馻 happily holds up the countless universes.
"Passionately chanting Your glories, He is not even aware of the universes, which rest like a single drop on one of His thousand hoods.
"Although He does not rest on anything, everything rests on Him. It is by the power of His ldevotional service that He is able to support everything.
"I am a sinner. I have no faith in devotional service. For endless births my future will not be good.
"Because he engaged in devotional service Lord 莍va became the giver of auspiciousness. Because he engaged in devotional service, N鋜ada became the best of the sages.
"Vy鋝adeva compiled many scriptures describing the religion of the Vedas. Still, he did not feel even half a sesame seed worth of satisfaction in His heart.
"When He briefly explained the secrets of devotional service, all the offenses in His heart perished.
"On N鋜ada's order, He explained devotional service in detail. Then the sadness in His heart fled. Then He transcended the world of birth and death.
"I am a worm who has no faith in devotional service. How did I get the power to see You?"
Raising his arms, the great devotee Mukunda wept. His body trembled. He sighed.
By his nature he was a pure devotee of the Lord. What more can I say? He was one of Lord Gauranga's personal associates.
Seeing Mukunda's unhappiness, Lord Gauranga became embarrassed and said,
"Mukunda, your devotion is very pleasing to Me. Whenever you sing, I will at once come to that place.
"What you have said is the truth. Without engaging in devotional service, no one can see Me.
"What I say is the truth: You are very dear to Me. Who has the power to destroy what I have spoken, through the Veda's mouth, about pious deeds and about returning to the spiritual world?
"Only I have the power to these rules. Only I.
"I placed the truth in your mouth. ,No action is auspicious if it is not devotional service to Me.
"When someone has no faith in devotional service, that brings pain to My heart. My pain destroys any happiness they might feel by seeing Me.
"A washerman saw Me. I even asked something of him. But he was cheated, for he had no love for Me.