BY AINDRA DAS
TRANSCRIBED BY JAI SITA RANI DEVI DASI
Please remember and I beseech you again and again, please remember, world wide ISKCON grassroots Nama Sankirtan revolution. Revolution means revolution. It means we have to shed pounds, and gallons and gallons of blood to get the job done. We have to turn this movement inside out, upside down whatever we have to do but we have to put Nama Sankirtan back into its rightful place of dignity in the forefront of our movement. It is absolutely essential and proper growth of our movement. Those who understood this, are awake in the need of the hour and those who haven’t understood this, are still sleeping.
It’s time to wake up and understand what is the responsibility of every man, woman and child in this movement, to take seriously that dharma when Lord Caitanya himself inaugurated for the deliverance for all fallen conditioned souls for the rest of the Kali Yuga. There is another 427,000 years left in Kali Yuga. And the Yuga dharma doesn’t change. The next yuga is Satya Yuga where contemplated peaceful meditation is where it stands.
But in Kali Yuga you got to get it fired up, every one of you fired up, chanting and dancing in your heart like you really mean it, like you really want the mercy of Lord Caitanya’s mercy, so that you can even think, even hope to go back home in this one lifetime. It’s not a joke, it is the real thing. So stand up and do what’s right, do the real thing, of one Nama Sankirtana daily, every day for as many hours as possible and you will get there, and I guarantee it. Not that I guarantee it, but Lord Caitanya guarantees it.
The most powerful process of getting suddha nama ruci is the loud congregational chanting of the holy names, much more so than Nama Japa. Nama Japa is like taking tablets and Nama Sankirtan is like an injection, you really need it bad because you are really sick. It you think you are not sick then you are in illusion, you need to take the medicine. And medicine means proper dosage and proper frequency. Not just little token lip service and little make show, and then anthropologically study in the scriptures and say “Oh, that was back in Lord Caitanya’s time.”
If you are chanting and dancing in Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtan movement than basically you have understood the philosophy. And if you are not chanting and dancing in Lord Caitanya’s Sankirtan movement, then you have simply not understood the philosophy.
Sarasvati Thakura once explained that after careful consideration of the five limbs of bhakti, the best practice is sri-nama bhajana.
(1) Sadhu-sanga-assotiating with devotees is recommended to create a taste or inclination for sri-nama bhajana. This comes from associating with holy saints who are attached to chanting Krsna’s holy names with firm faith and who systematically chant the names.
(2) Bhagavata-sravaha-hearing Srimad Bhdgavatam which itself declares sri-nama bhajana to be the highest virtue. In its beginning, middle (sixth canto, Ajamila story), and end, the Srimad Bhagavatam repeatedly stresses the efficacy of sri-nama bhajana.
(3) Mathura-vasa-sri-nama bhajana is situated at the root of residence in Vrndavana or Sridhama Mayapur. The sadhus living in or visiting these holy places are always engaged in nama-sahkirtana.
(4) Sri-murti-seva-the service of Krsna’s Deity is always conducted with mantras full of God’s names. The Hari-bhakti-vilasa and Sri Jiva Gosvami say that Deity service must be accompanied with chanting the Hare Krsna mantra for it to be accepted.
(5) Nama-sankirtana-is directly chanting the holy names.
“Of all means of bhajana (devotional service), the name of Krsna is most purely spiritual. In describing the absolute duties, Hari-bhakti-vilasa states that singing and meditating on Sri Nama (Krsna’s holy names) is the best devotional activity. “The most advanced devotees who have fully dedicated themselves to Sri Krsna take exclusive refuge in krsna-nama amongst all other practices of devotion. There is no other performance so pure and spiritual as singing the name of Krsna.” (Nama-bhajana)
According to Sri Jiva Gosvami, chanting the holy name is not only the greatest form of sadhana, but it must accompany every other form of devotional service: “Chanting the holy name of Krsna is the chief means of attaining love of God. This chanting does not depend on any paraphernalia, nor birth in a good family. All the Vedas proclaim that by humility and meekness one attracts the attention of Krsna. Therefore, chanting Hare Krsna is the greatest sadhana (maha-sddhananam), and the fulfillment of all sacrifice, penance and austerities. Simply by chanting one achieves ecstatic love of God and complete perfection in life. Therefore, whatever one does in executing devotional service must be accompanied with the Chanting Of the holy name.” (Bhakti-sandarbha 270)