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Fundamental Mood of Kirtan

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata—Worldwide, 25 October 2020, part 5


Question: What is the best mood to perform Sri Harinam-sankirtan on the street?

The perfect mood is humility, tolerance and giving honour to others. This is the perfect mood. Srila Gurudev says this is the best. You know that through ether, you can talk with us or with anyone all over the world using the internet, scientists have discovered this, so there is some movement going on on the sound level.

harer nama harer nama harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha

"Only chanting the Holy Name, chanting the Holy Name, chanting the Holy Name—there is no other way, no other way, no other way."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Adi-lila, 7.76)

That is also the real mood. Gurudev says [in the book In Search of the Original Source],

It is not necessary to collect an ocean of knowledge from the scriptures. The only necessity is your chastity and faith in the divine Name of the Lord. Why? Some reasons have been given that we can easily understand. In this world, so many scientists have invented many things. How are we getting email, telephone, and television? Through sound. In this material world it is possible, so why is it not possible to connect with the transcendental world through sound? It can come down into this material world. We can see that ray, and through that ray we can go there. Here we are getting connection everywhere through ether. If we can go a little further, we can connect with the transcendental divine form of the Lord, which is His Name. If it is transcendental, if it is divine, it must have the full power to give us this knowledge, and that Name can enter anywhere. The telephone calls are coming here without a problem; why can't that transcendental knowledge come into my heart? Why can't that transcendental knowledge live there? We must believe it. Try to research and try to understand which way it is possible. Mahaprabhu Chaitanyadev said the transcendental vibration form of our Lord is Harinam. It will be revealed in your heart.

cheto-darpana-marjanam bhava-mahadavagni-nirvapanam
sreyah-kairava-chandrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam
anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamrtasvadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam

"Sri Krishna-sankirtan cleanses the mirror of consciousness, extinguishes the raging forest fire of material existence, shines moonlight on the evening lotus of good fortune, is the life of the divine knowledge—the life of souls enlightened with paramour love for the Lord, expands the ocean of ecstasy, is the taste of full nectar at every moment, and soothes the entire self. May Sri Krishna-sankirtan be supremely victorious!"

Mahaprabhu also described the process:

trnad api sunichena taror api sahisnuna
amanina manadena kirtaniyah sada harih

"One who is humbler than a blade of grass, more forbearing than a tree, who gives due honour to others without desiring it for himself, is qualified to always chant the Holy Name of Krishna."

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, 3.6.239)

Be humble, be tolerant, give honour to others, make everyone your friend. Try to get a connection with the transcendental abode through Harinam, the Lord's Name. Practise your spiritual life and see the result. It is not dead matter. If you eat, does it mean that other will be fulfilled? It is not a fact. When you eat you will feel, "My belly is becoming full, my mind is becoming satisfied, and my hunger is going away." These feelings naturally will come to you.

How will I go back to the hotel? My driver knows, "This is the way." He will not miss the way. So, we must search, but with proper guidance. If you want Newcastle coal, you must go to Newcastle. If you want Ganges water, go to the Ganges. If you want Thames water, go to the Thames. If you want something, go to the source. In this way your searching will take you there.

Question: [from a non-initiated person]: How can we achieve spiritual elevation through chanting japa?

You can chant the Holy Name without offence and try to engage yourself in the service of the mission, in the service of your guru. Chant without offence, serve without offence, and you will succeed in your spiritual life. Sometimes, so many kinds of bondage will come to you in this world—it is maya (illusory environment), but if you surrender properly, if you have proper faith and chastity, you will get the result quickly.

Srila Janardan Maharaj: I have one question—how can people be chanting japa without having received Harinam-diksa [initiation]?

Oh, has he not taken initiation? Then, he must surrender to some great personality. He has to receive the Holy Name first and chant on proper beads.

ব্রহ্মাণ্ড ভ্রমিতে কোন ভাগ্যবান্ জীব ।
গুরু-কৃষ্ণ-প্রসাদে পায় ভক্তিলতা-বীজ ॥
মালী হঞা করে সেই বীজ আরোপণ ।
শ্রবণ-কীর্ত্তন-জলে করয়ে সেচন ॥

brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
guru-krsna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija
mali hana kare sei bija aropana
sravana-kirtana-jale karaye sechana

Having travelled throughout the universe and got the mercy of Guru, Krishna, a fortunate soul receives a seed of the devotional creeper. As a gardener, they must plant that seed and water it with practising: hearing and chanting.

(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Madhya-lila, 19.151-152)

When the jiva-souls have unfortunately come into this material environment, which is not their real home, naturally they will try to return to their permanent home. Sometimes when they do not get the proper direction, still they try to go somewhere. They are always feeling like refugees who have come out of their own country, lived many years in another country, but cannot forget their own country. That is their situation.

The Lord has all power. Without power, creation is not possible, and without the Powerful, creation is also not possible. We can search in many ways, but finally we must go to the Powerful, otherwise success is not possible. And the rsis have searched in that way, to find that power and the Powerful. Through mundane knowledge it is not possible to get it. When they understood this, they tried to get it from the higher level, and they searched for the way in which it would be possible to get it. That transcendental knowledge has been given in Srimad Bhagavad-gita (7.14) by Sri Krsna.

daivi hy esa gunamayi, mama maya duratyaya
mam eva ye prapadyante, mayam etam taranti te

"My alluring, 'trimodal,' illusory potency is practically insurmountable. However, those who take shelter in Me can overcome this powerful obstacle."

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 7.14)

"O My dear Arjuna, fortunately, if anyone will take shelter of Me, I will relieve him from the illusory environment. Otherwise, to get relief from this illusory environment is not so easy because maya is so powerful."


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