Core Conception

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nrisingha Palli, morning class
16 March 2019, translated from Bengali, part 4


What do the scriptures say? How should you chant the Holy Name? If you chant quietly, the result is one, if you chant loudly, you get another result, and if you chant while walking and dancing, the result is also different and much greater. You can chant on your beads when you are walking on your own, but if you chant along when there is kirtan going on through the loud speaker, then it will be kirtan, then it will be the Holy Name.

You can say then, "What are the beads for?" This is a kind of bondage. That was Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad's thinking: when you go back to your home you will not chant at all, not even one time, that is why he reasoned if he gave you chanting beads at the time of initiation along with the bhakti-lata-bij, then you will take care of it as a gardener. Our Gurudev also said that every day you must chant four rounds minimum because if he had not said it, you would not chant at all. However, those who always, constantly chant kirtan can chant even for ten hours. Why cannot we do that too? If the Lord keeps me alive, I will wake up tomorrow and will be chanting kirtan all day long till night—and if I take my beads and go chanting on my beads, will that be kirtan?

Another line from "Sarvasva tomar charane sampiya" is "Basiya suiya, tomara charana chintiba satata ami (বসিয়া শুইয়া তোমার চরণ চিন্তিব সতত আমি): whether sitting or lying down, I will always think about your feet." I will not lie down and think that, "What if I die? What will become of my son? What will become of my wealth? How much do I have in the bank? How much should I deposit?"

One time, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad's disciples Srila Madhav Maharaj, Srila Goswami Maharaj and perhaps Srila Madhusudan Maharaj had an argument over a newspaper. One of these sannyasis asked another sannyasi to pass him the newspaper, but because that sannyasi was chanting on his beads at that time, he gave the newspaper to him with his left hand. Srila Madhav Maharaj saw it and said, "The order of the Vaishnav is Harinam!" Remember this.

Do you know what Gurudev also said? If you give class on Bhagavatam without the order of your Guru—if you read Bhagavatam, Chaitanya-charitamrita, etc. without his permission—it will be no better than reading a newspaper. What did Srila Prabhupad say? If you are thirsty, you need only one glass of water, it is sufficient. Just as you do not need a whole sea to satisfy your thirst, you do not need to read an ocean of books, volumes of books, this, this, this. It is not necessary to know so much, to think about a whole ocean—only one glass of water is sufficient for you. "Bahu grantha na paribe, bahu kalabhyasa na karibe (বহু গ্রন্থ না পড়িবে, বহু কলাভ্যাস না করিবে): do not read so many books, and do not practise so many things."

It is not necessary to know so many things. Our main teaching, our main goal is that our life is only for the service of the Lord and we must serve the Lord with sincerity, determination, following proper behaviour and practice. Our life is only to serve our Guru, the Vaishnavs and the Lord. If we cannot do that, then we will never achieve anything. Wherever you live, whatever your situation is, if you only read the holy book of our kirtans, you will get everything from there. I also always quote from there. If you read it attentively and try to realise what is written there, you can understand everything easily.


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