Connecting Devotees Worldwide - In Service Of Srila Prabhupada
|An Appeal About Us Donate Contact Us|
śatru-cchedaika-mantraḿ sakalam upaniṣad-vākya-sampūjya-mantraḿ
saḿsāroccheda-mantraḿ samucita-tamasaḥ sańgha-niryāṇa-mantram
jihve śrī-kṛṣṇa-mantraḿ japa japa satataḿ janma-sāphalya-mantram
śatru — enemies; cheda — for destroying; eka — the only; mantram — mystic chant; sakalam — entire; upaniṣat — of the Upaniṣads; vākya — by the words;sampūjya — worshiped; mantram — the mystic chant; saḿsāra — the cycle of birth and death; uccheda — which uproots; mantram — the mystic chant;samucita — accumulated; tamasaḥ — of darkness; sańgha — the mass; niryāṇa — for driving away; mantram — the mystic chant; sarva — all; aiśvarya — for opulence; eka — the only; mantram — mystic chant; vyasana — of material distress; bhujaga — by the snake; sandaṣṭa — for those who have been bitten;santrāṇa — saving; mantram — the mystic chant; jihve — O my tongue; śrī-kṛṣṇa — of Śrī Kṛṣṇa; mantram — the mystic chant; japa japa — please repeatedly chant; satatam — always; janma — of one's birth; sāphalya — for the success; mantram — the mystic chant.
O tongue, please constantly chant the mantra composed of Śrī Kṛṣṇa's names. This is the only mantra for destroying all enemies, the mantra worshiped by every word of the Upaniṣads, the mantra that uproots saḿsāra, the mantra that drives away all the darkness of ignorance, the mantra for attaining infinite opulence, the mantra for curing those bitten by the poisonous snake of worldly distress, and the mantra for making one's birth in this world successful.
jihve kīrtaya keśavaḿ mura-ripuḿ ceto bhaja śrīdharaḿ
pāṇi-dvandva samarcayācyuta-kathāḥ śrotra-dvaya tvaḿ śṛṇu
kṛṣṇaḿ lokaya locana-dvaya harer gacchāńghri-yugmālayaḿ
jighra ghrāṇa mukunda-pāda-tulasīḿ mūrdhan namādhokṣajam
jihve — O tongue; kīrtaya — chant the praise; keśavam — of Lord Keśava; mura-ripum — the enemy of Mura; cetaḥ — O mind; bhaja — worship; śrī-dharam— the Lord of Śrī, the goddess of fortune; pāṇi-dvandva — O two hands; samarcaya — serve; acyuta-kathāḥ — topics of Lord Acyuta; śrotra-dvaya — O two ears; tvam — you; śṛṇu — just hear; kṛṣṇam — at Kṛṣṇa; lokaya — look; locana-dvaya — O two eyes; hareḥ — of Lord Hari; gaccha — go to; ańghri-yugma —O two feet; ālayam — to the residence; jighra — smell; ghrāṇa — O nose; mukunda — of Lord Mukunda; pāda — at the feet; tulasīm — the tulasī flowers;mūrdhan — O head; nama — bow down; adhokṣajam — to Lord Adhokṣaja.
O tongue, praise the glories of Lord Keśava. O mind, worship the enemy of Mura. O hands, serve the Lord of Śrī. O ears, hear the topics of Lord Acyuta. O eyes, gaze upon Śrī Kṛṣṇa. O feet, go to the temple of Lord Hari. O nose, smell the tulasī buds on Lord Mukunda's feet. O head, bow down to Lord Adhokṣaja.
he gopālaka he kṛpā-jala-nidhe he sindhu-kanyā-pate
he kaḿsāntaka he gajendra-karuṇā-pārīṇa he mādhava
he rāmānuja he jagat-traya-guro he puṇḍarīkākṣa māḿ
he gopījana-nātha pālaya paraḿ jānāmi na tvāḿ vinā
he gopālaka — O cowherd boy; he — O; kṛpā — of mercy; jala-nidhe — ocean; he — O; sindhu — of the ocean; kanyā — of the daughter (goddess Lakṣmī, who took birth from the Milk Ocean); pate — husband; he kaḿsa-antaka — O killer of Kaḿsa; he — O; gaja-indra — to the king of the elephants; karuṇā — with mercy; pārīṇa — full; he mādhava — O Lord Mādhava; he rāma-anuja — O younger brother of Lord Balarāma; he — O; jagat-traya — of the three worlds;guro — spiritual master; he — O; puṇḍarīka-akṣa — lotus-eyed one; mām — me; he — O; gopī-jana — of the cowherd women of Vraja; nātha — master;pālaya — please protect; param — supreme; jānāmi na — I do not know; tvām vinā — other than You.
O young cowherd boy! O ocean of mercy! O husband of Lakṣmī, the ocean's daughter! O killer of Kaḿsa! O merciful benefactor of Gajendra! O Mādhava! O younger brother of Rāma! O spiritual master of the three worlds! O lotus-eyed Lord of the gopīs! I know no one greater than You. Please protect me.
nāsthā dharme na vasu-nicaye naiva kāmopabhoge
yad bhāvyaḿ tad bhavatu bhagavan pūrva-karmānurūpam
etat prārthyaḿ mama bahu mataḿ janma-janmāntare 'pi
tvat-pādāmbhoruha-yuga-gatā niścalā bhaktir astu
na — not; āsthā — special regard; dharme — for religiosity; na — nor; vasu — of wealth; nicaye — for the accumulation; na eva — nor even; kāma-upabhoge— for sense enjoyment; yat — whatever; bhāvyam — inevitable; tat — that; bhavatu — let it happen; bhagavan — O Lord; pūrva — previous; karma — my deeds; anurūpam — according to; etat — this; prārthyam — to be requested; mama — by me; bahu matam — most desirable; janma-janma — birth after birth; antare — during; api — even; tvat — Your; pāda-amboruha — of lotus feet; yuga — in the pair; gatā — resting; niścalā — unflinching; bhaktiḥ — devotion; astu — may there be.
O my Lord! I have no attachment for religiosity, or for accumulating wealth, or for enjoying sense gratification. Let these come as they inevitably must, in accordance with my past deeds. But I do pray for this most cherished boon: birth after birth, let me render unflinching devotional service unto Your two lotus feet.
baddhenāñjalinā natena śirasā gātraiḥ sa-romodgamaiḥ
kaṇṭhena svara-gadgadena nayanenodgīrṇa-bāṣpāmbunā
asmākaḿ sarasīruhākṣa satataḿ sampadyatāḿ jīvitam
baddhena — closed together; añjalinā — with joined palms; natena — bowed down; śirasā — with our heads; gātraiḥ — with bodily limbs; sa — having; roma— of their hair; udgamaiḥ — eruptions; kaṇṭhena — with the voice; svara — sounds; gadgadena — choked up; nayanena — with eyes; udgīrṇa — emitting;bāṣpa — of tears; ambunā — with the water; nityam — constant; tvat — Your; caraṇa — of the feet; aravinda — lotus; yugala — on the pair; dhyāna — from meditation; amṛta — immortal nectar; āsvādinām — who are tasting; asmākam — our; sarasī-ruha — like a lotus growing in a lake; akṣa — O You whose eyes;satatam — always; sam-padyatām — please assure; jīvitam — our livelihood.
O lotus-eyed Lord, please sustain our lives as we constantly relish the nectar of meditating on Your lotus feet, with our palms prayerfully joined, our heads bowed down, our bodily hair standing up in jubilation, our voices choked with emotion, and our eyes flowing with tears.
Source of Nectar
jivana anitya janaha sar, tahe nana-vidha vipada-bhar,
ndmdsraya kori' jatane tumi, thakaha dpana kaje
krsna-nama-sudha koriya pan, judao bhakativinoda-pran,
nama vina kichu ndhiko ara, caudda-bhuvana-mdjhe
You should understand this essential fact: Life is temporary and filled with various kinds of misery. Therefore, carefully take shelter of the holy name and remain always engaged in His service as your eternal occupation. Drink the pure nectar of the holy name of Krsna and thus satisfy the soul of Bhaktivinoda. Except for the holy name, there is nothing within all the fourteen orlds. (Amnodaya-kirtana)
nama gokula-mahotsavaya te krsna purna-vapuse namo namah
Oh holy name! You destroy all the sufferings of Your surrendered devotees. O holy name! You are the delightful form of concentrated spiritual bliss! To the residents of Gokula, You are an endless festival of happiness and joy. O holy name! You are the complete transcendental form of Krsna. I bow down and offer my respects to Your lotus feet. (Sri Krsna-namastaka v. 7)
tunde tandavini ratim vitanute tundavali-labdhaye
kama-kroda-kadambini ghatayate karndrbudebhyah sprham
cetah-prangana-sangini vijayate sarvendriyanam krtim
no jane janita kiyabdhir amrtaih krsneti varna-dvayi
I do not know how much nectar the two syllables 'Krs-na' have produced. When the holy name of Krsna is chanted, it appears to dance within the mouth. We then desire many, many mouths. When that name enters the holes of the ears, we desire many millions of ears. And when the holy name dances in the courtyard of the heart, it conquers the activities of the mind, and therefore all the senses
become inert. (Vidagdha-madhava 1.15)
"Oh, seeing the miserable condition of the fallen souls of this world, Nitai has personally brought the holy name from the transcendental realm of Vraja! Oh, Lord Siva chants this holy name with his five mouths! This holy name is so sweet! Oh, Lord Brahma chants this holy name with his four mouths! This holy name is so sweet! Oh, Narada Muni chants this holy name while playing on his vlnal This holy name is so sweet! Oh, just by the dim reflection of this holy name, the sinful Ajamila went to Vaikuntha! Bhaktivinoda therefore says, "Oh, continuously chanting this holy name, go at once to the divine realm of Vraja! This holy name is so Sweet!" (Sri Nagar Kirtuna, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura)
Bestows Bhava and Prema.
krsna-nama-maha-mantrera ei ta' svabhava
yei jape, tara krsne upajaye bhava
It is the nature of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra that anyone who chants it immediately develops his loving ecstatic relationship with Krsna. (cc.Adi 7.83)
mukhenagre pitva madhuram iha namamrta-rasam
drsor dvara yas tarn vamati ghana-baspambu-misatah
bhuvi premnas tattvarh prakatayitum ullasita-tanuh
sa devas caitanyakrtir atitaram nah krpayatu
To reveal the truth of pure transcendental love in this world He first jubilantly drank with His mouth the nectar of the holy name, and then discharged it from His eyes on the pretext of shedding tears. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Caitanya, show us His great causeless mercy, (stava-maia, Dvitiya Sri Caitanyastaka v.6)
Radhika's maan (transcendental anger) toward Krsna is embodied as the arrangement of the hair on Her head. The brilliant tilaka of Her great fortune shines on Her beautiful forehead. The earrings of Sri Radha are the holy names of Krsna, as well as the hearing Of His name and fame." (Stavavali, 'Tremambhoja-rnaranda" Text 6)
sabu-rasa-akara, 'hari' iti dvy-aksara,
sabu-bhave koraluh asroy
nama carane pa'di, bhaktivinoda kohe,
tuwa pade magahuh niloy
The two syllables "Ha" and "ri" are a mine of all varieties of devotional mellow. Every ecstasy of devotion has taken shelter in them. Falling at the lotus feet of the holy name, Bhaktivinoda says, "O Harinama, I pray for residence at Your lotus feet." (Gitavali)
tvarh krsna-nama kamarh sphura me rasane rasena sada
Oh Krsna-nama! You are the life of Narada's vina. You are constantly increasing the sweetness of the delightful waves in the ocean of nectar. O holy name of Krsna! If You so desire, then please appear on my tongue eternally, and grant me unalloyed affection for the Lord. (Sri Krsna-namastakam v. 8)
dvantrim-sad-aksaram mantram nama-soda-sakanvitam,
prajapan vaisnavo nityarh radha-krsna-sthalam-labhet.
Any Vaisnava who constantly chants the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, which contains sixteen names with thirty-two syllables, will certainly attain the abode of Radha-Krsna in Vraja Gokula. (Padma P)
Reference Verses on Chanting.
For further study of the glories of the holy name, one may look up the topics listed below in the Srimad-Bhagavatam and the Caitanya-caritamrta:
Chanting and Devotional Service
SB 6.3.22; Cc. Madhya 15.104-7; Cc. Antya 4.71;
The Holy Name Destroys Sins
SB 1.1.14; 6.2.7 (v. &p.); 6.2.14; 6.3.31; Cc. Madhya 15.108;
Sublime Position of the Holy Name
SB 2.1.11; Cc. Madhya 17.131-134; Cc. Antya 4.71 p.;
The Holy Name Transcends Rules and Regulations
SB 1.6.26; 8.23.16;
Krsna's Name is Topmost
Cc. Madhya 9.30-33;
The Holy Name is the Yuga Dharma
SB 11.5.32,36; 12.3.51-2; Cc. Adi 7.74-76; 17.21-2;
Krsna Is Present in His Name
SB 3.33.7; 4.30.35 p.; 8.30.20; 11.2.40;
SB 2.3.24; 6.3.24 p; Cc. Madhya 15.261p; 19.156-7; Cc.^n^a 3.60;
Chanting is the Supreme Engagement
SB 9.4.67 p.; Cc. Madhya 15.110; Cc. Antya 1.99; 3.62;
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
The five As in chanting are attraction, attention, absorption, attachment and affection. This japa meditation technique combines an understanding of these five features of the mind and heart. There are also prayers to Sri Nama Prabhu, begging to attain genuine attraction, attention, absorption, attachment and affection for Krsna's holy names.
1) Attraction-The inestimable power of Krsna's attraction acts everywhere in creation from the atoms to the cosmos. From the invisible movements of neutrons and electrons to the vast stellar orbits of huge planets and galaxies, Krsna exerts His influence through His powers of gravity and attraction. Krsna is the most beautiful and attractive person in all the worlds. In the spiritual realm every man, woman, child, bird, beast, insect, tree, plant, lake, river, valley, hill and mountain feels natural and spontaneous attraction to Krsna's ever fresh and sweet names, forms, qualities and pastimes. Despite all these amazing truths, we have no attraction for chanting Krsna's holy names.
Sri Caitanya depicted the plight of the struggling sadhaka in the Siksastaka: durdaivam idrsam ihajani nanuragah, "Oh Lord! I am so unfortunate that I have no attachment for chanting Your holy names." The following prayer will help one increase his attraction for chanting Hare Krsna:"O Krsna! There is so much attraction within me, but why don't I have any attraction to Your holy names? I am attracted to so many sweet sounds, forms, tastes, smells and objects of touch. But all these material attractions pull me further and further away from You. My favorite attractions are in reality nothing but distractions from You. O Krsna! Please enchant my heart and captivate my restless mind. Please bless me with the matchless wealth of attraction to Your holy names."
2) Attention-means steady application of the mind, or focusing the consciousness on a particular subject. Whatever one focuses his attention on becomes deeply impressed in the mind. Although the mind can move from one object to another with fantastic speed, Vedic sastras and modern science concur that the mind can only do one thing at a time. This is called the "single idea" principle of the mind. For example, if one is reading an exciting book with full attention, he will not hear the sounds in the surrounding enviroment.
Attention is related to interest or attraction. There is full attention in a pleasing object, but little attention in a tasteless object. It is difficult for the mind to focus on an uninteresting object. For example, it is hard to pay attention, what to speak of stay awake, in a Bhagavatam class wherein the speaker sits like a statue with sealed eyes, mumbles in a monotone, and gives a "parrot recital" of a long list of Bhagavad-gita slokas to support some basic point. It is easy, however, to pay attention to a speaker who looks at the audience, uses vibrant phrases and dramatic tones, and tells exciting, animated stories with expressive hand gestures.
It is often very difficult to keep one's attention on the holy name while chanting japa. This is because the mind is not trained to bear prolonged attention. It gets bored with the monotony of japa and runs to more pleasing things. By increasing one's interest or taste in japa, one will be able to chant attentively. This can be accomplished by practicing the various meditation techniques given in this book.
Try the following prayer:
"O Krsna! Thakura Bhaktivinoda has warned us that inattention is the main door into the house of aparadhas. O Krsna! Please let me taste some pleasure in Your names, so I can focus my full attention on chanting. May Your holy names become deeply impressed in my mind."
3) Absorption-means to incorporate as part of oneself, to be obsessed, or to fully occupy and saturate the mind in something. Absorption is a feature of our lives. Everyday we become absorbed in sleeping, absorbed in eating a delicious meal, or absorbed in reading a wonderful book. But for some reason, it is very difficult to become absorbed in japa.
Repeating the following prayer will help one get absorbed in chanting Hare Krsna: O Krsna! While chanting Your holy names may I enter the limitless land of consciousness. Oblivious to the body and its surroundings, may my soul become immersed in the primordial vibration of divine union. Let this maha-mantra of mahabhava surround and penetrate every aspect of my being. One with Your desires, one with Your love-O Krsna-may I completely absorb my self in serving Your holy names. O Krsna! Please help me to become fully absorbed in chanting Your holy names!"
4) Attachment-is a precursor to bhava or preliminary love of God. Upon reaching the threshold of bhava-bhakti,
an advanced devotee becomes extremely attached to hearing and chanting about Krsna with great joy and enthusiasm.
A prayer for developing attachment to chanting:"O Krsna! By nature I am attached to so many wrong things. Please help me to transfer all my attachments to Your lotus feet. O my Lord! May chanting Hare Krsna become an inseparable part of my life. Please help me to chant Your holy names with pure attachment."
5) Affection-means fond feelings, devotion and love.
The goal of chanting Hare Krsna is to chant suddha-nama-the pure name enriched with krsna-prema and the presence of the Lord.
May the following prayer awaken our love for beautiful Krsna standing before as Sri Nama Prabhu: O Krsna! May I chant Your holy names with heartfelt emotion. When will I become charmed by the ambrosia of Your names and start chanting from the heart? O Krsna! Please help me to chant with sincere feelings of affection for You, for Radhika, and for Your holy names. Please show me the way to chant with genuine affection ripening in pure love."O Krsna! Please attract my mind and heart to Your holy names. May I chant with full attention. And may I quickly become absorbed in the nectarean taste of Your names. May the sweet charm of Your names drive out all distractions and fully enchant my heart. Please give me strong attachment to Your wonderful names. Please be merciful to me, and help me rise to the platform of genuine affection and pure love for You."These are the five As in chanting Hare Krsna.
kabe ha'be bolo se-dina amar,
aparddha ghuci', suddha name ruci,
krpa-bale ha'be hrdoye sancar
"Please tell me, when oh when will that day be mine? My offenses will come to an end, and a taste for the pure holy name will be infused within my heart by the power of divine grace." (saranagati)
prati-dina jadi, adara koriya, se nama kirtana kori sitapala jeno, nasi' roga-mula, krame swadu hoya, hari! If I sing that holy name of Yours aloud every day with warm affection, then as sugar candy taken medicinally destroys the very disease which makes it taste bitter (jaundice), so Your holy name, O Lord Hari, will cure my spiritual disease and allow me to gradually taste Your sweetness, (saranagati)
( THE ART OF CHANTING HARE KRISHNA ).
Dandavat Mataji, Hare Krsna, many thanks for all the Srila Prabhupada lectures that you add in this group.