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We do live in kali yuga, that is true and by living in it, we are naturally a part of it. But at times like this, when we are disturbed or overtaken by the trappings of maya, chanting is always the answer. There is a quote from Mahatma Prabhu:
"Maya targets your chanting because it is your most powerful weapon against her. To the degree you allow her to distract you from chanting well, you become malleable to her will."
I keep this, and other quotes, on index cards to copy into our journals (for children and myself) when we feel overwhelmed or like we are failing. It's just a gentle way to remind ourselves that Krsna is always there, our shelter. We need only reconnect with Him, and chanting is the direct line.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to think about this and reminding me to chant more effectively. I hope it is helpful.
From a post here earlier, someone had mentioned this Gaudiya Song : this is the description http://gaurharibol.blogspot.ca/
and this is the song; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xynax3zwVG8
As a neophyte, has helped me immensely. Feels like the song scrubs the soul clean, and Maha Mantra polishes it.
chant and be calm.... this too will pass nothing is permanent both problems and happiness please think of kunti maharani how she had her mind set she welcomed problems so that she can rememeber GOD ALWAYS...
Hare Krsna Prabhuji,
What you have described are the symptoms of Kali. THat is the reason the lord appeared as His own devotee and gave people the medicine to overcome this situation 500 years ago - as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The medicine is Hare Krsna Mahamantra. One has to chant in a helpless condition repeatedly the mahamantra to overcome anxiety, suffering and disturbance. That doesnt mean these will not be there once you chant, on the contrary, it may increase. The difference is it will stop bothering you. You will learn to focus on the chanting and on your goal of Krsna Consciousness and ignore everything else. That is real progress in spiritual life.
Please be rest assured that until we learn the lesson life is trying to teach us, the same situation keeps on coming in front of us. It is alll about evolution of the soul. THe mahamantra is the fastest and easiest way for the soul to evolve and arrive at its purpose in the material world. It also comes with a side effect - it burns away our ast sins and melts the hard knot in the heart.
Therefore chant chant chant. That is the only way.
The answer is CHANT. Even im striving for it. So im not the right person to suggest. But sharing a nice link for you-http://harekrishnajapa.com/20-the-holy-name-benefits-all-human-soci...
If the Lord is pleased by the performance of hari−nama sankirtana, then the entire world will be in a peaceful and happy condition:
My dear Mr. Katidia,
Please accept my greetings. With reference to your letter and your personal interview, I beg to inform you that without pleasing The Supreme Personality of Godhead, no one can become happy. Unfortunately people do not know who God is and how to make Him happy. Our Krsna consciousness movement is therefore meant to present The Supreme Personality of Godhead directly to the people. As stated in – The Srimad−Bhagavatam, Seventh Canto, Sixth Chapter:
tuste ca tatra kim alabhyam ananta adye
kim tair guna−vyatikarad iha ye sva−siddhah.
The idea stated in this verse is that by pleasing The Supreme Personality of Godhead, we please everyone, and there is no question of scarcity. Because people do not know this secret of success, they are making their own independent plans to be happy. However, it is not possible to achieve happiness in this way. On your letterhead I find many important men in this country who are interested in relieving – The Sufferings of the people, but they should know for certain that without pleasing The Supreme Personality of Godhead all their attempts will be futile. A diseased man cannot live simply on The Strength of the help of an expert physician and medicine. If this were so, then no rich man would ever die. One must be favored by Krsna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Therefore if you want to perform relief work simply by collecting funds, I think that it will not be successful. You have to please The Supreme authority, and that is the way to success. For example, due to the performance of sankirtana here, the rain has begun to fall after a drought of two years. The last time we performed a Hare Krsna Festival in Delhi, there was imminent danger of Pakistan's declaring war, and when a newspaper man approached me for my opinion, I said there must be fighting because the other party was aggressive. However, because of our sankirtana movement, India emerged victorious. Similarly, when we held a festival in Calcutta, the Naxalite [Communist] movement stopped. These are facts. Through The Sankirtana movement we can not only get all facilities for living, but also at the end can go back home, back to Godhead. Those who are of a demoniac nature cannot understand this, but it is a fact.
I therefore request you, as leading members of society, to join this movement. There is no loss on anyone's part for chanting the Hare Krsna mantra, but the gain is great. According to Bhagavad gita [3.21], what is accepted by leading men is also accepted by common men:
yad yad acarati sresthas yat tad evetaro janah
sa yat pramanam kurute lokas tad anuvartate
"Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues."
The Sankirtana movement of Krsna consciousness is very important. Therefore, through you I wish to appeal to all the leading men of India to accept this movement very seriously and give us all facility to spread this movement throughout the world. Then there will be a very happy condition, not only in India but all over the world.
Hoping this will meet you in good health;
Your ever well−wisher,
- A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
It brings material prosperity
Scarcity of food in this age can be counteracted by propagation of sankirtana−yajna, chanting of the holy name:
[The personified earth planet to King Prthu]: Due to being stocked for a very long time, all the grain seeds within me have certainly deteriorated. Therefore you shoult immediately arrange to take these seeds out by the standard process, which is recommended by the acaryas or sastras.
When there is a scarcity of grain, the government should follow the methods prescribed in The Sastra and approved by the acaryas; thus there will be a sufficient production of grains, and food scarcity and famine can be checked. Bhagavad gita recommends that we perform yajna, sacrifices. By the performance of yajna, sufficient clouds gather in The Sky, and when there are sufficient clouds, there is also sufficient rainfall. In this way agricultural matters are taken care of. When there is sufficient grain production, the general populace eats the grains, and animals like cows, goats and other domestic animals eat the grasses and grains also. According to this arrangement, human beings should perform – The Sacrifices recommended inThe Sastras, and if they do so there will no longer be food scarcity. In Kali yuga, the only sacrifice recommended is sankirtana−yajna.
In this verse there are two significant words: yogena, "by the approved method," and drstena, "as exemplified by the former acaryas." One is mistaken if he thinks that by applying modern machines such as tractors, grains can be produced. If one goes to a desert and uses a tractor, there is still no possibility of producing grains. We may adopt various means, but it is essential to know that the planet earth will stop producing grains if sacrifices are not performed. The earth has already explained that because nondevotees are enjoying the production of food, she has reserved food seeds for the performance of sacrifice. Now, of course, atheists will not believe in this spiritual method of producing grains, but whether they believe or not, the fact remains that we are not independent to produce grain by mechanical means. As far as the approved method is concerned, it is enjoined inThe Sastras that intelligent men in this age will take to The Sankirtana movement, and by so doing they shall worship The Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Caitanya, whose bodily complexion is golden and who is always accompanied by His confidential devotees to preach this Krsna consciousness movement all over the world. In its present condition, the world can only be saved by introducing this sankirtana, this Krsna consciousness movement. As we have learned from the previous verse, one who is not in Krsna consciousness is considered a thief. Even though he may be materially very advanced, a thief cannot be placed in a comfortable position. A thief is a thief, and he is punishable. Because people are without Krsna consciousness, they have become thieves, and consequently they are being punished by the laws of material nature. No one can check this, not even by introducing so many relief funds and humanitarian institutions. Unless the people of the world take to Krsna consciousness, there will be a scarcity of food and much suffering.
- Srimad Bhagavatam 4.18.8
If people in general chant the Hare Krsna mantra, the necessities of life will automatically follow:
"All living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rains. Rains are produced by performance of yajna [sacrifice], and yajna is born of prescribed duties." (Bg.3.14) When food grains are sufficiently produced, both animals and human beings can be nourished without difficulty for their maintenance. This is nature's arrangement. Prakrteh kriyamanani gunaih karmani sarvasah [Bg. 3.27]. Everyone is acting under the influence of material nature, and only fools think they can improve upon what God has created. The householders are specifically responsible for seeing that the laws of The Supreme Personality of Godhead are maintained, without fighting between men, communities, societies or nations. Human society should properly utilize the gifts of God, especially the food grains that grow because of rain falling from The Sky. As stated in Bhagavad gita, yajnad bhavati parjanyah [Bg. 3.14]. So that rainfall will be regulated, humanity should perform yajnas, sacrifices. Yajnas were previously performed with offerings of oblations of ghee and food grains, but in this age, of course, this is no longer possible, for the production of ghee and food grains has diminished because of – The Sinful life of human society. However, people should take to Krsna consciousness and chant the Hare Krsna mantra, as recommended inThe Sastras (yajnaih sankirtana−prayair yajanti hi sumedhasah [SB 11.5.32]). If people throughout the world take to the Krsna consciousness movement and chant the easy sound vibration of the transcendental name and fame of The Supreme Personality of Godhead, there will be no scarcity of rainfall; consequently food grains, fruits and flowers will be properly produced, and all the necessities of life will be easily obtained. Grhasthas, or householders, should take the responsibility for organizing such natural production. It is therefore said, tasyaiva hetoh prayateta kovidah. An intelligent person should try to spread Krsna consciousness through the chanting of the holy name of the Lord, and all the necessities of life will automatically follow.
- Srimad Bhagavatam 7.14.7