Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the offering, "Power of Holy Names", based on the transcription of the Bhagavatam class given by our beloved spiritual master, Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on 8 July 1996 in Dubai, on the verse 6.2.8 from Srimad Bhagavatam.
etenaiva hy aghono ’sya kṛtaṁ syād agha-niṣkṛtam
yadā nārāyaṇāyeti jagāda catur-akṣaram
The Vishnudutas continued: Even previously, while eating and at other times, this Ajaamila would call his son, saying, "My dear Narayana, please come here." Although calling the name of his son, he nevertheless uttered the four syllables naa-raa-ya-na. Simply by chanting the name of Narayana in this way, he sufficiently atoned for the sinful reactions of millions of lives.
In the previous offerings we heard Gurudev explaining
a) the importance of chanting Hare Krishna Mahamantra and how we need to start it immediately, without waiting for peaceful time in our life to start the same.
b) how if we miss auspicious darshan of Krishna in the morning, we will have to face inauspicious things in the form of diseases and medicines
c) how Krishna being Vishwambar will definitely not neglect us and take care of our needs, provided we are sincere in devotional service.
Now let us continue to hear more from Gurudev.
acyutānanta govinda nāmocchāraṇa bheṣajāt
naśyanti sakalā rogāḥ satyaṁ satyaṁ vadāmyaham
Dhanvantri quotes this as first verse in Ayur Veda - 'I am stating this truth again and again - mere pronunciation of the names of Acyuta, Anantha and Govinda destroys all diseases.'
Only the pronounciation of His names is the medicines. All diseases are completely vanquished. This is the jist. (Maharaj folds his hands and requests everyone) Please, please be kind to yourself and become serious in devotional service. Don't hesitate for a single second. There is a nice verse from Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.17:
āyur harati vai puṁsām udyann astaṁ ca yann asau
tasyarte yat-kṣaṇo nīta uttama-śloka-vārtayā
Both by rising and by setting, the sun decreases the duration of life of everyone, except one who utilizes the time by discussing topics of the all-good Personality of Godhead.
This is without exception that when sun rises and sets a day decreases. Is Dubai an exception? If you utilize your kshana, time and movements in Krishna's shloka, then you are saved. If you carry on Krishna katha, then your life is not decreased. In the sense, diseases might come to your body. But you will not feel it. Just like how Srila Prabhupada would give the example of snake-charmer who comes in the streets in India. He plays with the snakes because there is no poison in it. It looks like a snake. But it cannot harm him. Our miseries also will look like miseries. But they cannot harm us because we have taken shelter of Krishna. Be it old-age or death, there will be no effect on us. Because as soon as we come to Krishna, we trancend all these things. Krishna is transcendental Supreme Absolute Truth and as soon as you come to Krishna, you also become transcendental. Transcend means, if we drive on the road in a car, we have to follow the rules of the road. Red light means we have to stop and green light means we have to go. But have you any time seen a helicopter waiting at red signal on the road? Why? It transcends. Similarly we can also transcend. Krishna is param brahma param dhaama pavitram paramam bhavaan. It is very easy. As soon as we take His association we can easily transcend.
nāmnām akāri bahudhā nija-sarva-śaktis
tatrārpitā niyamitaḥ smaraṇe na kālaḥ
etādṛśī tava kṛpā bhagavan mamāpi
durdaivam īdṛśam ihājani nānurāgaḥ
O my Lord, Your holy name alone can render all benediction to living beings, and thus You have hundreds and millions of names, like Krishna and Govinda. In these transcendental names, you have invested all Your transcendental energies. There are not even hard and fast rules for chanting these names. O my Lord, out of kindness You enable us to easily approach you by Your holy names, but I am so unfortunate that I have no attraction for them.
Please study the shlokas from Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam. Times are changing fast. But devotional service never changes and the effects of devotional service never changes. It is beyond the time - para like Krishna. Because it is non-different from Krishna. Krishna is not restricted by time. At the time of Kurukshetra yuddha, He was 125 years old and you look at the picture. He looks like a 20 year old boy. He is above the influence of time. We are under the influence of time. So if you want to be above the influence of time, then again you will have to come to Krishna. The whole world will reject you after 60 years of age. As soon as you are 58, they will kick you out of the work. "You are not required." Then you cannot shout and scream. They will simply say, "Now you are not required". That time Krishna will help you. (Gurudev smilingly says) There is no unemployment in Krishna consciousness. (and devotees say loudly Haribol!). You come here, the roof is ready; the prasadam is there. You get whatever you need here. But as soon as you become sincere in devotional service, your taste for material things automatically decreases. So please I request you, please please come to devotional service. Hare Krishna !
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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