Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
This is in continuation of the offering titled, "Drink Nectar and not Poison" sung by Narottama das Thakur. In the previous offering we saw that:
1. Human birth should be used for serving Sri Sri Radha-Krishna.
Now let us look at the second verse of the song,
golokera prema-dhana, hari-nāma-sańkīrtana,
rati nā janmilo kene tāy
saḿsāra-biṣānale, dibā-niśi hiyā jwale,
jurāite nā koinu upāy
The treasure of divine love in Goloka Vrindavana has descended as the congregational chanting of Lord Hari's holy names. Why did my attraction for that chanting never come about? Day and night my heart burns from the fire of the poison of worldliness, and I have not taken the means to relieve it.
2. Harinaam is the remedy for the poison of worldliness: Narottama das says that hari nama sankirtana is not ordinary. It is the treasure of love of Godhead and it is directly imported from the transcendental world, Goloka Vrindavana. Srila Prabhupada explains that a very strong and special machine is required to import this harinam sound since it is transcendental and beyond the material world. Now since we have got it we should simply take advantage of this treasure trove.
But we have no rati or attraction for this and hence the blazing fire of the poison of material existence is constantly burning us day and night. Caitanya Mahaprabhu tells in Sikshashtakam that we have to be humbler than a grass and more tolerant than tree so that we can chant the names of the hari constantly and develop the taste. The material enjoyment is blazing fire of poison and day and night we get burnt in it without trying to seek a remedy for the poison. If anyone wants to get out of this blazing fire of poison of material enjoyment, then he has to take to this Harinaam sankirtan, which is the only method.
HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj says that, "We are moaning and crying because we are not chanting. Please take shelter of Harinaam and you will be completely safe."
Recently I came across a short story. There was once a fisherman who got the precious touchstone (cintamani) from the stomach of a fish but he was ignorant of it value. A businessman made a deal with the fisherman and took the touchstone for 50 Rs. The businessman then sold it to the king for 5 million Rs. But the king kept the touchstone with him and used it for the benefit of his kingdom and his citizens for the rest of his life. The king knew the value of touchstone and so he was benefited the maximum. Similarly sometimes people even after hearing the Harinaam cintaamani either they use it for material benefits like money, promotion, good health and later stop once they get the benefits or do not chant at all. Jnanis and yogis are like the business-man who knew the value of touchstone to some extent, but do not relish the same. Bhakti yogis are like the king who knew the value of touchstone and practise devotional service and also preach the same for the benefit and well-being of other souls. So understanding the value of Harinam cintamani we should engage ourselves as much as possible in the congregational chanting of Holy Names, so that both ourselves and all other living entities attain the perfection of life, by hearing the same.
We shall continue with the subsequent verses from this beautiful song in the future offerings Krishna willing.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
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