Be Prepared - Part 10

28th May 2022
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Be Prepared" wherein we were trying to meditate on some of the pearls of wisdom shared by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada in his lectures on Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.1.1-4 . In the previous offering we saw how Srila Prabhupada insisted on daily reading of Srimad Bhagavatam. Now we shall see further.

Srila Prabhupada very nicely enlightens us as to why we should read Srimad Bhagavatam daily. His Divine Grace says that it helps us remove the dirty things in our heart. The first dirty thing is to identify ourselves with the body. Daily study of Srimad Bhagavatm helps us to understand the truth that we are spirit souls and not this body. 

naṣṭa-prāyeṣv abhadreṣu nityaṁ bhāgavata-sevayā
bhagavaty uttama-śloke bhaktir bhavati naiṣṭhikī

By regular attendance in classes on the Bhāgavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact.

The topics about Krishna, His Holy Names, His paraphernalia are all non-different from Him and are very very potent and  auspicious. His Divine Grace says that just like how fire burns out everything, just like medicine cures the disease irrespective of whether the patient knows its power, like that Krishna's names and pastimes are so powerful that whether the hearers understand it or not, it still has a positive impact on them. In his wonderful lecture in New York on April 6 1973, His Divine Grace very nicely glorifies the Holy Names as follows.

1. We may not understand what is meaning of Hare Kṛṣṇa, but still, because it is transcendental sound, it is auspicious. Wherever you chant Hare Kṛṣṇa, they may hear or they may not hear, it is auspicious for them.

2. We are sending our men for street saṅkīrtana. It doesn't matter whether people are eager to hear it or not, but it is auspicious. It will create an atmosphere which is very, very congenial to the human society. That should be our principle. Not that because we are chanting, nobody is taking care, we shall not be disappointed. Our this saṅkīrtana movement is so nice that simply by chanting, the vibration will create an auspicious atmosphere, varīyān eṣa te praśnaḥ

3I began in this New York in that storefront simply by chanting. So I did not bribe you American boys and girls to come after me. This is the only asset - was chanting.

 4.  I had no mṛdaṅgas. That was a..., what is that? Drum, little drum. So I was chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa for..., from two to five, three hours, and so many boys and girls were coming and joining, and there was first photograph in the Times, New York Times, they appreciated, and people also appreciated. So this chanting, the beginning was only chanting. There was no..., nothing more. At that time there was no program of prasāda distribution. That, later on it came.

5. We should always be confident that this chanting is not a vibration of this material world. This is not vibration of material world. Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says, golokera prema-dhana hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana [Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura]. It is imported from the spiritual world. It is completely spiritual.

6. One who has no knowledge, they think that "What is the meaning of this chant, 'Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa'?" But they can practically see that we can go on chanting day and night, still we shall not become tired, but any other material name you take, after chanting three times you will feel tired. That is the proof. You can go on chanting day and night, you will never feel tired.

Indeed Srila Prabhupada's faith in words of Guru, Holy Names, Srimad Bhagavatam and Lord Sri Krishna and his compassion to help all suffering souls has alone done this magic of spreading this great movement all over the world and so many souls have been able to experience the power of this transcendental sound. 

Krishna willing we shall meditate on more nectar by His Divine Grace in the subsequent offering.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi