Scriptures Strengthen our Faith in Holy Names - Part 1

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

The following is a humble effort to transcribe one of the nectarean discussion by our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Auckland on 15th July 2003.

Maharaj: In the holy names of the Lord, there is everything. Everything is included. yasmin vijñāte sarvam evaṁ vijñātaṁ bhavati (Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad1.3) as soon as you know Krishna. And to know is very easy, because He is all pervading, Vāsudeva, He stays everywhere. So He is equally present in His names. Anytime, niyamitaḥ smaraṇe na kālaḥ, there is no regulation, anytime you can associate with Krishna. It is all Prabhupada’s mercy, he has broadcast Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s desire that His names should be widely propagated, and we are doing the same thing. And before we broadcast, no doubt we have to take Them. First, we taste and then everybody else tastes. What happens that people don’t only hear us, but they see us.

This American research was carried out, that by hearing, the people learn only 7%, but then by seeing you, they learn 35%, and by associating with you, they learn 100%. So, in the beginning it is only 7%. And then when we see that the speaker himself is engaged, then only they learn. So our main lookout is to help all the living entities who are undergoing unsurpassable miseries. Everybody has his or her own body, nobody can be out of the body, and body itself is so troublesome. Then, the other people also try to trouble, there are natural disasters also, apart from that our conditioning is there, that we have to take birth, we have to go away, we have to be old, we have to be diseased many times. It is a forced condition. 

It is very nicely said in Bhagavatam that birth, death, disease and old-age and three-fold miseries, they are the permanent settlement for the conditioned souls. We are all conditioned. We don’t want, but we are conditioned. We cannot reduce our age, that is our first conditioning. We only go ahead. There is no return ticket. Only one way. And because it is one, this conditioning – nobody is out of it. We don’t want it but we are conditioned. Our age is only advancing, we never go back. Otherwise we very much wish that I should be 20 years old. You can’t do it, it is a conditioning. And this conditioning cannot be reduced. Then again, we create our own conditioning, that we want to stay only in Auckland, that is our condition, don’t want to go back to India, that is our condition. Then again, we don’t want to get up early in the morning - that is our conditioning (laughter). And the mind gives reason, that “you are so very tired yesterday, do you want to die? Sleep, sleep”. “No, no, I don’t want to die, better sleep”. This is how – conditioning. 

Then our own false ego is the biggest conditioning. Ego is alright, but false ego, false ego means - it is not there, but even then we are conditioned. We are conditioned for the fact that is not there. It is false, it is known as false ego. Ego is alright. Ego is that, "I am the servant of Krishna." Our individuality we retain, we never merge into Krishna – that is the false thing that we are consumed by, we are victimised by this false propaganda. So that’s why here the necessity of Prabhupada arises, Prabhupada never misguides. Not only the misguiding is absent, but he uncovers the impersonalism. Please remember these things.

Krishna willing we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva
Dinavatsala Krishna das