Real Kirtan, Real Joy
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
ভুক্তি-মুক্তি আদি-বাঞ্ছা যদি মনে হয় ।
bhukti-mukti adi-vancha yadi mane haya
"If you have material desires, if you want liberation, enjoyment, some mystic powers, and so on, then even if you practise all life, or life after life, prem, divine love, will not come."
Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 19.175
You are practising, chanting the Holy Name, doing kirtan, but do not get any pleasure. Why are you not getting pleasure? What is the reason? You must understand it. When you do kirtan, you must feel so much joy and pleasure, but why do you not feel it? Because you have other desires in your heart, this is the reason.
koti janma yadi kare sravana kirtana
"If you practise hearing and chanting for millions of lives, you may still not get the Son of Nanda who dwells in Vraja."
hena krnsa-nama yadi laya bahu-bara
"If you chant this Name of Krishna so many times but still there is no love, there are no tears streaming from your eyes, then as I understand there are too many offences and the seed of Krishna's Name does not sprout."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, 8.29-30)
You do sravan, kirtan for millions of lives, but if you feel no effect, it means you have too many offences. You must first give up the offences, then you can do kirtan.
aparadha sunye haye laha krsna-nama
"You can get the wealth, the treasure of divine love to Krishna if you chant the Holy Name without offences." You must follow and practise your spiritual life properly and every day.
Life is not for ahara-nidra-bhaya-maithunam cha (eating, sleeping, fearing, mating). Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur also writes:
নিদ্রালস্য-হত সুকার্য্যে বিরত
nidralasya hata sukarye virata
"I am subdued by laziness and sleep, averse to performing good deeds, and eager to perform sinful deeds."
Sleep, laziness, always avoiding good works, always doing bad works—if you always do this, then maya will get a chance to enter you. Also prajalpa... There are so many things. All advice is written in the calendar—what to do and what not to do, when to follow Ekadasi, all rules and regulations. You can get there everything.
You must have chastity. You are doing some service, but you must have sincerity. "Oh I am doing puja, worshipping the Deities!"—"How many days?"—"Only five days." "I have done puja in Chaitanya Saraswat Math!"—"How many days?"—"For five days." "I have cooked in Chaitanya Saraswat Math!"—"How many days?"—"For three days." You must do what you do sincerely, putting your heart into it. "Oh, I was the manager of a temple branch."—"How many days?"—"For seven days." This is not sincerity. The main thing is that whatever service you do, you must do it with sincerity and with chastity.
Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur also writes,
তৃণাধিক হীন দীন অকিঞ্চন ছার ।
trnadhika hina, dina, akinchana chhara
Give up your false ego, and always consider yourself lower than grass, poor, needy, and mean. Practise tolerance like a tree. Stop ill-treating others and nurture them.
In Nabadwip everybody says, "We are devotees of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu," but what is said in the sastra?
“গোরার আমি, গোরার আমি” মুখে বলিলে নাহি চলে ।
"gorara ami, gorara ami" mukhe balile nahi chale
Just saying, "I am Gora's! I am Gora's!" does not do. Only when you follow Gora's practices and Gora's conception will you get the proper result.
(Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, 8.6)
লোক দেখান গোরা ভজা তিলক মাত্র ধরি ।
loka dekhana gora bhaja tilaka matra dhari'
You show the world you serve Gora simply by wearing tilak but secretly you misbehave. Gora will catch you, you thief!
(Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, 8.7)
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