Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!
The pure devotees of the Lord conclusively affirm that the Lord can be seen and heard by persistent chanting of the transcendental sound composed of His holy names. That is the reason Srila Narada muni, the dearmost devotee of the Lord says that the constant chanting of the transcendental names and activities of Hari, the Supreme personality of Godhead is the only way to get out of the cares and anxities due to desiring contact of the senses with their objects. Srila Narada muni says in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.33
pragaayatah sva_viryaani / tirtha-paadah priya-shravaah
aahuta iva me sighram / darshanam yaati cetasi
The Supreme Lord sri Krishna, whose glories and activities are pleasing to hear, at once appears on the seat of my heart,as if called for,as soon as I begin to chant His holy activities.
Srila Prabhupad says in his purport that, "it is a natural psychology in every individual case that a person likes to hear and enjoy his personal glories enumerated by others. That is a natural instinct, and the Lord, being also an individual personality like others, is not an exception to this psychology because psychological characteristics visible in the individual souls are but reflections of the same psychology in the Absolute Lord." The Lord is Sthothra priyah.
There is a common saying that the sweetest and the most liked word for any one is his or her own names. Our attention immediately goes to the place where our names are heard. But then there is a difference between the Lord and the individual soul in this regard. Prabhupada beautifully says that as follows - "The only difference is that the Lord is the greatest personality of all and absolute in all His affairs. If, therefore, the Lord is attracted by the pure devotee's chanting of His glories, there is nothing astonishing. Since He is absolute, He can appear Himself in the picture of His glorification, the two things being identical."
Padma purana says
nama cintamanih krshnas caitanya -rasa- vigrahah
purnah suddho nitya mukto abhinna-tvat nama -naminoh
Krishna's name is always liberated and spiritual. It is never conditioned by the laws of material nature. This is because the name of Krishna and Krishna Himself are identical.
Srila Narada muni very feelingly says aahutha iva which means "as if called for", the Lord appears on the seat of the heart. Whereas in the material world, if my son is away in a foreign country, even if I call his names with great love, we can never feel the presence which alone can give us satisfaction. The Lord is in the waiting for His devotee and as soon as His names are lovingly called out by a pure devotee, he makes His presence as He did for Draupadi, Gajendra and so many devotees in the line.
Thus the glorifications of the Lord are identical with the Lord. This understanding will help us to chant His names lovingly and with devotion.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada
Vaijayantimala devi dasi.
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