I Have to Go - Part 1

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

The following is humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean initiation lectures given by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Bhagavad Gita verse 4.35 in the year 2002. Now we shall hear from Maharaj.

1. Chant Krishna's Names:
Maharaj: All of us are very fortunate to have exposure to our Vedic culture and our Vedic culture insists that all the activities should start from the chanting of the Holy names of Krishna.

(Maharaja talking with a child devotee) Do you chant the holy names of Krishna? You chant! Chant

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare 
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare 

 Loudly.loudly. You lead them. Stand. Chant Mahamantra loudly,loudly. (Every one chants together)

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare 
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare 

So, please we will chant few names then we see what Krishna wants.

(Maharaj sings Jaya Radha Madhav and Pranam mantras.)

It's so nice to see all of you. And man you are smiling? What’s the matter with you? (Maharaj speaks with a devotee in Hindi) I saw you in Vrindavan. (Appreciating the initiation ceremony arrangements made by Sudarshan Prabhuji in Singapore, Maharaj said,) The ceremony is really grand. We are very much obliged to Sudarshan Prabhu. He’s expert in that. So nice to see you all. The whole paraphernalia is you know, to redirect us to the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna. Otherwise there is no meaning to it. And as you very well know, the purport of initiation. The word initiation is very nice - to initiate. It is to begin, it’s not the end. Otherwise what will you think, "I have my Guru now. So finished...Hari bol!! Hari bol!!" (laughter). No, No, Hari bol. We should resolve one thing today that when we answer the phone calls we should not answer, "Hello Hello." Hello is not the word. It's 'Hallow' (laughter). We have Indianized that word. Instead say Haribol, Haribol.

 (Referring to couple of visiting devotees, Maharaj jokingly said) That great man in moustache, they had hired the taxi the other day. So the taxi men knew that they are Godmen. So he said, "You are Buddhist?," "Yes", He said, "we are Buddhists." He can change the faith anytime (laughter). Doesn’t matter. So the taxi man charged half the fare. (laughter) So, "thank you very much. From today we are Buddhist." (laughter)

I mean to say, just we are following this philosophy which is very practical to our life, half heartedly, and even then there is reciprocation. Otherwise the taxi man didn't know that this one is not a devotee at all (laughter)!  Who was your accomplice? 

Devotee: (Points out to Yugoslavian devotee who accompanied him yesterday).

Maharaj:  Yugoslavian? (laughter) (Jokingly says) He may be atleast few percent, but Yugoslavian is complete (not devotee). And even then there is reciprocation. Just the sanga and little bit of chanting and rasagullas in their stomach. (laughter) So please remember that this is the beginning you know? Initiate. It’s not the end. Real life starts now. So far we had like cat's and dog's life - eating and sleeping and mating and defending etc. From today there's a time when we should resolve that, "with every breath, we must have one Krishna's name." And I will tell you how Prabhupada had calculated this. In 1 minute, we breathe 15 times. We inhale and exhale. This is called hatha yoga. If we count it's nearly same. 15 times we unknowingly inhale and exhale every minute. So 60 minutes -1 hour. How many times? Vyapari, Vyapari? (Maharaj is jokingly addressing a devotee as vyapaari and asking him answer.)

Devotee: 900 times.

Maharaj: 900 times and 24 hours. Now you can't do it. (laughter) It comes to 21,600 times. During day and night, we inhale and exhale 21600 times. And if you multiply our rounds, each round has 16 names. - iti sodasha naam naam. Each mantra has 16 names multiplied with 108. Multiply with 16. So it comes to 22 thousand something. So 16 rounds must be completed. If you really are serious about it then this instruction of Srila Prabhupada is very important. Don’t do anything else but try to squeeze from your busy life, sometime which you will chant nicely. And then again you haven’t chanted so far. You have to clear the debts also. Every day we have to chant 16 rounds. How many years have gone without chanting? 30 years, Haribol fast, so multiply with all 16 rounds everyday. So how many debts we have to clear? So frankly speaking we don't have any time left. To the best of our ability, we should utilize this breath to chant Krishna's names. That is initiation really.

Krishna willing we shall continue to hear moren nectar from Maharaj in the subsequnent offering.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Advaita Bhargava,