Spiritual Doctor's Prescription

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

The Preacher or Guru is a Spiritual Doctor to help assist in one's spiritual health, although some of us are stubborn and refuse to see the doctor and take or follow his advice. As the Spiritual medicine may seem painful or distasteful to us at the time, like getting a shot, or having to swallow ill-flavoured medicine but if we do not take it the pain will only increase and persist to plague us. But like a shot we should tolerate the seeming pain of the Spiritual Doctor's diagnosis as it is the only remedy that will save us and be good for our health in the long run.

And the best prescribed medicine for this day and age of quarrel and hypocrisy is the Chanting of the Holy Names of God, as the Holy Name alone can render all benediction to the living entity and humanity at large.

From time immemorial great acharyas (Spiritual Doctors) have always prescribed this transcendental medicine for the good of everybody. In Srimad Bhagavatam 10.1.4 Pariksit Maharaj aptly refers to chanting the names and pastimes of the Lord as Bhavauṣadhi (medicine for the material disease). Another great acharya King Kulashekara writes a beautiful verse in Mukunda-mala-strotra 32 thus:

vyāmoha-praśamauṣadhaḿ muni-mano-vṛtti-pravṛtty-auṣadhaḿ
daityendrārti-karauṣadhaḿ tri-bhuvane sañjīvanaikauṣadham
bhaktātyanta-hitauṣadhaḿ bhava-bhaya-pradhvamsanaikauṣadhaḿ
śreyaḥ-prāpti-karauṣadhaḿ piba manaḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-divyauṣadham

O mind, please drink the transcendental medicine of Sri Krsna's glories. It is the perfect medicine for curing the disease of bewilderment, for inspiring sages to engage their minds in meditation, and for tormenting the mighty Daitya demons. It alone is the medicine for restoring the three worlds to life and for bestowing unlimited blessings on the Supreme Lord's devotees. Indeed, it is the only medicine that can destroy one's fear of material existence and lead one to the attainment of the supreme good.

This is not a sectarian thing, and there are no hard and fast rules for chanting these names. Please, just chant and sing His Holy Names, dance or just think of Him and His glories, and just try to glorify Him whenever you can. Just chant and be happy, then your life will be successful.

Thank you very much.
Your Servant,
Bhagavad Ashraya das
Minneapolis.

Moderator's Note: HG Bhagavad Ashraya Prabhuji is a perfect example of Krsna's miracle. We hear many people say that they came to Krishna consciousness by accident. But Bhagavad Ashraya Prabhu really came to Krsna consciousness by a car accident. A few years before he became a devotee he was driving his car and met with a near-fatal accident. His head was severely injured and he went into a coma. After some time when he came back to consciousness, he couldn't remember his past. He could not even read or write or recall anything about himself or his relatives and friends. Suddenly one day when he came across the book "Teachings of Queen Kunti" by Srila Prabhupada, he suddenly remembered to read and quickly went through the book. Immediately he was convinced that Krsna consciousness is the way to go and then Krishna as Paramatma realized his desire and made arrangements for his association with devotees in Minneapolis. Soon he took shelter of HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. Now he is a dedicated devotee, chanting, preaching and serving in many other ways.