H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj Vyasa Puja 2015 - Part 2

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

We will continue on the beautiful experience and realization that devotees shared about HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. 

2. Importance of Chanting: HG Dayal Baladev Prabhu shared another important and very powerful instruction of Maharaj on chanting. In one of the Bhagavatam classes Maharaj made a strong statement, "Most of the devotees can actually chant 25 rounds easily in a day." This landed as a shock to the devotees since it is a struggle to even complete the 16 rounds everyday. Dayal prabhu had the same doubt in his mind sitting in the class and listening to Maharaj's thunderbolt, yet to come to terms with it. Everyone in the class felt it was impractical and pretty intense. Luckily for Dayal prabhu, one of the devotees asked the same question to Maharaj, which he had in his mind and so he was eagerly waiting to hear the answer from Maharaj.

So the devotee asked this question to Maharaj, "Maharaj, we are struggling to complete even our 16 rounds, how is it possible for us to chant extra 9-10 rounds every day?" Maharaj responded in his own inimitable way,"When you are standing in the queue for Prasadam, instead of doing prajalpa you can chant 2-3 rounds. Then after prasadam, instead of sitting with other devotees and doing frivolous talks, you can chant another 3-4 rounds. It is not that you have to do all of them at one go. Every time you find out that your time is being wasted by whatever means, avoid it and take your japa mala and start chantingThis way you can easily do those additional 9-10 rounds."

This simple yet powerful truth had a great impact on Dayal Baladev Prabhu who started chanting 25 rounds since that day by stealing time from frivolous activities. And he said, "It was actually easy for me to do once I realized that I can do those additional rounds by avoiding activities that waste my time. During the day we waste so much of our time that if we take out all those time and keep chanting, we can easily complete more rounds.

I reflected on this powerful statement by Maharaj and how Dayal Baladev Prabhu took it seriously and acted on it since that day. Maharaj showed us through his answer that when we give more importance to chanting than other unwanted activities, our sadhana will become strong and our taste for the holy name will genuinely increase. All our other activities like preaching, service etc will become all the more pleasing including our maintenance activities because an eagerness to chant and taste the holy name of the Lord is the ultimate goal to achieve in this human form of life. It will nourish all other activities and all those activities will blossom on this one principal service we offer to the Lord.

Let us sincerely pray to our spiritual master and the Supreme Lord to bestow upon us the eagerness to taste the holy names and give up unwanted prajalpa that wastes all our valuable time.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra Krsna das.