The Lord Understands Everything - Part 2

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Dandavat pranams. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in conclusion of the previous offering titled, "The Lord Understands Everything" wherein we were meditating on the pastime of Lord Vamanadev and Bali Maharaj. Lord Vamanadev ensured that Sukracarya glorify Bali Maharaj and declare that he was faultless. He also inspired Sukracarya to glorify the Holy Names. In this regard we were seeing how there are no hard and fast rules for chanting Holy Names, whereas Vedic mantras if chanted improperly has an adverse effect. Even in previous yugas there are some examples of mantras being improperly chanted. Now we shall see further.

Vishvarupa the son of Tvashta was appointed the priest of the demigods. Because of affection for the demons, Vishvarupa secretly supplied them the remnants of yajna. When Indra learned about this, he beheaded Visvarupa. After Visvarupa was killed, his father, Tvashta, performed a sacrifice to kill King Indra. Unfortunately, if mantras are chanted irregularly, they yield an opposite result. This happened when Tvashta performed this yajna. While performing the sacrifice to kill Indra, Tvashta chanted a mantra to increase Indra's enemies, but because he chanted the mantra wrong, the sacrifice produced an asura named Vrtrasura, of whom Indra was the enemy. This happened because there was a mistake in the intonation and later we see that this Vrtrasura was killed by Indra.

There is no such danger in chanting the holy names of the Lord. Chanting is like a child calling out to the mother. A mother does not take offence whatever way the child calls out to her. She understands the love and genuine need of the child and rushes to the child. Though we should make our best efforts to pronounce the names of the Lord properly, due to being the natives of different areas of land, there are bound to be some natural variations in the pronunciations and this is not considered an offence by the Lord, who is our supreme mother and father. In this regard there is a relevant verse (Caitanya Bhagavata Adi-khanda 11.108)

murkho vadati vishnaaya / dhiro vadati vishnave
ubhayos tu samam punyam / bhaava-graahi janaardanah

"At the time of offering obeisances to Lord Vishnu, a foolish person chants vishnaya namah (this is improper due to faulty grammar) and a learned person chants vishnave namah (this is the correct form). But both achieve equal piety by their offering of obeisances, because Lord Shri Janardana sees the sentiment of the living being. In other words, He sees the degree of devotion, or in other words, He awards the result accordingly (He does not see one's foolishness or intelligence)."

Srila Prabhupada in a Public speech on June 22, 1974 in Germany says: The name of God and God is equally purna, perfect, shuddha, purified, purnah shuddhah nitya, eternal, and purnah shuddhah nitya-mukta, and liberated from material contamination." So it is not the question of argument. You can try. There is no loss on your part. Chant the holy name of God and see the result yourself. In India also sometimes "Krishna" is announced as "Krishta." Or you announce as "Christo." It does not make... Because God will take your mind, not your pronunciation. If you mean to pronounce God's name, even it is not, I mean to say, formally or perfectly pronounced, still, God will understand that you are trying to chant His name. That is your perfection. [break] ..."Christo" or "Kristo" or "Krishna," if He understands that you are hankering after Him, He will give the resultant action. And this is the easiest process in this age for God realization."

Param vijayate Sri Krishna sankirtanam!

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi,
Abu Dhabi