Nama Mahima - Part 4

19th Jun 2022
Narahari Krishna das

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

This is in conclusion of the previous offerings offering titled, "Nama Mahima" wherein we saw the glorification of Holy Names by Bhishmadev, Lord Shiva and Bhagavan Nama Bodhendra. Now we shall see further.

During reign of Lord Rama, His entire kingdom was absorbed in Lord Rama. At the conclusion of the Yuddha Khanda of Valmiki Ramayana, Sage Valmiki explains how the people of Ayodhya were attached to Lord Rama during His reign. To show their love of Lord Rama, Valmiki states the below sloka in Srimad Ramayana 6.128.103

rāmo rāmo rāma iti prajānāmabhavan kathāḥ
rāmabhūtaṃ jagadabhūd rāme rājyaṃ praśāsati

When Lord Rama ruled the kingdom, the talks of the people centered Hin only. Everyone chanted Rama, Rama Rama. The entire kingdom was conscious of Lord Rama.

To denote  here that the citizens of Ayodhya were completely conscious of Lord Rama and always chanting His name, Valimiki mentions the chanting of Rama three times in the above verse. And Srimad Bhagavatam in 9.10.50-51 also states how Lord Rama ruled and protected His citizens.

prajā sva-dharma-niratā varāśrama-guānvitāḥ
jugopa pit
vad rāmo menire pitaraṁ ca tam
tretāyā
vartamānāyā kāla kta-samo ’bhavat
rāme rājani dharma-jñe sarva-bhūta-sukhāvahe

He cared for the citizens exactly like a father, and the citizens, being fully engaged in their occupational duties of vara and āśrama, accepted Him as their father. Lord Rāmacandra became King during Tretā-yuga, but because of His good government, the age was like Satya-yuga. Everyone was religious and completely happy.

Srila Prabhupada states in the commentary “If people take to this saṅkīrtana movement of chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Rāma, they will certainly be freed from the contamination of Kali-yuga, and the people of this age will be happy, as people were in Satya-yuga, the golden age. Anyone, anywhere, can easily take to this Hare Kṛṣṇa movement; one need only chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, observe the rules and regulations, and stay free from the contamination of sinful life. Even if one is sinful and cannot give up sinful life immediately, if he chants the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra with devotion and faith he will certainly be freed from all sinful activities, and his life will be successful. Para vijayate śrī-kṛṣṇa-sakīrtanam. This is the blessing of Lord Rāmacandra, who has appeared in this Age of Kali as Lord Gaurasundara.”

Though now we can see Kali yuga rampant now, if everyone takes to the chanting of the holy name of Lord Rama and become sincere devotees, then we can have re-establishment of Rama Rajya and this will ensure that the citizens are happy in this world and also advance towards eternal life. The Holy Names of Lord are non-different from Him. Just like how glories of Lord are unlimited, the glories of Harinam Prabhu are also unlimited. So it is our duty not only to take shelter of Holy Names sincerely, but also to propagate the same to other suffering souls.

In one of his nectarean class our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj very nicely insists,

Everybody of you are staying in the house, you have your neighbors, you know some people, you have some friends, call them for this, and this is the way to propagate Krishna Consciousness. This is sankirtan. nāma-saṅkīrtanaṁ yasya sarva-pāpa praṇāśanam It will completely destroy all the sinful reactions. Please don't pay attention to anything else. Those who direct you to nām sankirtan, they are real relatives. Otherwise the misguidance is rampant. Please, please, please. Save yourself from this. Nothing else is important. Otherwise Sukhdeva Goswami will not sing the glories of nām sankirtan. In the last verse, before he finished Bhagavatam, he thought that he did not glorify naam sankirtan, so giving two lines only. (SB12.13.23) 

nāma-saṅkīrtanaṁ yasya sarva-pāpa praṇāśanam
praṇāmo duḥkha-śamanas taṁ namāmi hariṁ param 

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Lord, Hari, the congregational chanting of whose holy names destroys all sinful reactions, and the offering of obeisances unto whom relieves all material suffering. 

Srila Prabhupada established Krishna conscious centres all over the world so that people will chant the names of Lord Krishna and Lord Rama which are enshrined in the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and attain eternal shelter of the Supreme Lord Krishna.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna dasa
Chennai