quinta-feira, 29 de setembro de 2011

Kishori Mohan Prabhu talks about chanting Hare Krishna

Kishori Mohans nice explanation about the Hare Krishna mantra, why do we chant and why we go out unto the streets to perform Harinam Sankirtan.

Congregational chanting (sankirtan) or Harinam kirtan is when the Hare Krishna devotees perform the congregational chanting of the Holy Names of God. We do this to purify ourselves, to purify everyone else who hears, and to glorify Krishna.

Harinam is very important to us Hare Krishna devotees. In fact Harinam is our life and soul. The prescribed topmost religious duty ( the yuga-dharma.) for the Kali Yuga, this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, is the congregational chanting of the Holy Names of God.

In the Bhagavad-gita (9.14) Lord Krishna states that great souls worship and glorify him single mindedly.

Always chanting My glories, endeavouring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.

By His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The mahatma cannot be manufactured by rubber-stamping an ordinary man. His symptoms are described here: a mahatma is always engaged in chanting the glories of the Supreme Lord Krishna, the Personality of Godhead. He has no other business. He is always engaged in the glorification of the Lord. In other words, he is not an impersonalist. When the question of glorification is there, one has to glorify the Supreme Lord, praising His holy name, His eternal form, His transcendental qualities and His uncommon pastimes. One has to glorify all these things; therefore a mahatma is attached to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

One who is attached to the impersonal feature of the Supreme Lord, the brahmajyoti, is not described as mahatma in the Bhagavad-gita. He is described in a different way in the next verse. The mahatma is always engaged in different activities of devotional service, as described in the Çrémad-Bhägavatam, hearing and chanting about Visnu, not a demigod or human being. That is devotion:sravanam kirtanam visnu smaranam [SB 7.5.23]., remembering Him. Such a mahatma has firm determination to achieve at the ultimate end the association of the Supreme Lord in any one of the five transcendental rasas. To achieve that success, he engages all activities—mental, bodily and vocal, everything—in the service of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna. That is called full Krishna consciousness.
In devotional service there are certain activities which are called determined, such as fasting on certain days, like the eleventh day of the moon, Ekadasi, and on the appearance day of the Lord. All these rules and regulations are offered by the great acharyas ( spiritual teachers ) for those who are actually interested in getting admission into the association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the transcendental world. The mahatmas, great souls, strictly observe all these rules and regulations, and therefore they are sure to achieve the desired result.
As described in the second verse of this chapter, not only is this devotional service easy, but it can be performed in a happy mood. One does not need to undergo any severe penance and austerity. He can live this life in devotional service, guided by an expert spiritual master, and in any position, either as a householder or a sannyasi or a brahmacari; in any position and anywhere in the world, he can perform this devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and thus become actually mahatma, a great soul.

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