Hare Krsna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please Accept my humble Obeisances. All Glories to Srila Gurudev and Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
One of our founding congregation members His Grace, Pradeep Prabhuji had suffered a heart attack early last week - Although his condition is critical the doctors say that it is a miracle that he has survived this long and the general condition continues to get better. Prabhuji was initiated last week by the grace of His Holiness Mahavishnu Goswami - His name now is Prasanna Atma Krsna das. Against all odds, Prasanna Atma Krsna das, lying in the Intensive Care Unit, is demonstrating how strong of a medicine the holy name of the Lord is. Devotees around him are continuously chanting and through a walkman, Prabhuji is hearing the chanting of Hare Krsna Maha Mantra by Srila Prabhupada. There is a verse in Mukunda Mala Stotra (text 32) which exactly states how Krsna's names act as medicine
daityendrārti-karauṣadhaḿ tri-bhuvane sañjīvanaikauṣadham
śreyaḥ-prāpti-karauṣadhaḿ piba manaḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-divyauṣadham
O mind, please drink the transcendental medicine of Sri Krsna's glories. It is the perfect medicine for curing the disease of bewilderment, for inspiring sages to engage their minds in meditation, and for tormenting the mighty Daitya demons. It alone is the medicine for restoring the three worlds to life and for bestowing unlimited blessings on the Supreme Lord's devotees. Indeed, it is the only medicine that can destroy one's fear of material existence and lead one to the attainment of the supreme good.
As the doctors, after giving up all hope, were removing the life support last Friday, about 20 or so devotees lead Hare Krsna Maha Mantra Kirtan near the bedside. To the amazement of doctors and nurses, as the life support was being removed Prassana Atma Krsna Prabhuji's heart was taking over the function of pumping blood - in the verse significant words are translated as follows sanjivana - for bringing the dead back to life; eka - the only; ausadham - medicine. Indeed when everything had failed it was only the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra that brought back Prabhuji to life.
What happened had left the medical team astonished - Maharaj often says 'I don't know how Krsna's names work - but it works somehow - we cannot conceive of it. It is inconceivable'. All, including the medical team were preparing for Prabhuji's 'death' - but the chanting of Hare Krsna inconceivable brought Prabhuji back to 'life'. The chief surgeon said 'please continue with your prayers - it is working. If he survives we are going to write a book on this.'
Putting things into perspective, this material body is bound to perish one day. The real benefit of chanting is that it provides love of the Lord, the by product of which is liberation from the cycle of birth, death, old age and disease. However the Chanting of Hare Krsna Maha Mantra is so potent that it even rejuvenates this temporary material body. Thus it is referred to as śrī-kṛṣṇa-divyauṣadham - transcendental medicine of Krsna's names.
Therefore Maharaj always says that if not for anything else, then just for the sake of our bodily health we should always chant Krsna's names loudly. The first verse of Ayurvedic Sastra states -
acyutānanta govinda nāmocchāraṇa bheṣajāt
naśyanti sakalā rogāḥ satyaṁ satyaṁ vadāmyaham
I am stating this truth again and again - mere pronunciation of the names of Acyuta, Nanda and Govind destroys all diseases.
We request everyone to please take on this chanting of Hare Krsna Maha Mantra for everyone's benefit - including for the benefit of our own selves - and especially at this stage for the benefit of dear god-brother, Prasanna Atma Krsna das who is very critical in Westmead Hospital.
Viraja Krsna das
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