April 11 2009

Here’s question #9 from Laxmana Prana das:

“In the purport to SB 4.24.40 Srila Prabhupada writes: “The real quintessence of sabda-brahma is the sound of Hare Krishna mantra. To the one who chants these transcendental sounds all material and spiritual truths are revealed.” And further: “In his prayers Lord Shiva begs the Supreme Personality of Godhead to show us His mercy so that just by chanting Hare Krisna mantra we could understand everything existing both in material and spiritual worlds

My question is: “How can we understand everything in this world simply by chanting Hare Krishna mantra?”

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Answer:

The Hare Krishna maha-mantra is directly Krsna Himself.

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When we realize that the name and the Lord are the same, we come to the self-realized platform.

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Because Krsna is everything, both material and spiritual, when a devotee realizes that Krsna is everywhere, then everything becomes known to him.

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It is revealed to him by Krsna, due to his intimate connection. Otherwise it is not possible to know what this material world is, what to speak of the spiritual world.

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We can only gain whatever knowledge Krsna chooses to reveal to us. No matter how intelligent we think we are, we are covered by the three modes of material nature. Only when Krsna is pleased with us are we relieved of the cloud of ignorance that currently shrouds our consciousness. We can know what He wants us to know, and we cannot know what we want to know if Krsna does not consent. If there is no sun, our power of seeing is useless.

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Thus even very intelligent persons are constantly bewildered if they are not devotees of the lord. And someone, even if they may not appear to be very intelligent, can know everything if Krsna reveals it to him. It is therefore not a question of brain power.

As Krsna says in Bhagavad Gita 10.08 and 10.10:

aham sarvasya prabhavo
mattah sarvam pravartate
iti matva bhajante mam
budha bhava-samanvitah

TRANSLATION
I am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me. The wise who perfectly know this engage in My devotional service and worship Me with all their hearts.

tesam satata-yuktanam
bhajatam priti-purvakam
dadami buddhi-yogam tam
yena mam upayanti te

TRANSLATION
“To those who are constantly devoted to serving Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me.”

It is clearly stated that when we are intelligent enough to know that Krsna is the source of everything, at that time He gives us the intelligence to come to Him.

In other words, good intelligence is not an attainment as much as it is a gift. Many people like to take pride in their own intelligence. But real intelligence only comes as a result of complete surrender.

What is the end result of receiving good intelligence?

BG 9.13-14

mahatmanas tu mam partha
daivim prakrtim asritah
bhajanty ananya-manaso
jnatva bhutadim avyayam

TRANSLATION
“O son of Prtha, those who are not deluded, the great souls, are under the protection of the divine nature. They are fully engaged in devotional service because they know Me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, original and inexhaustible.”

satatam kirtayanto mam
yatantas ca drdha-vratah
namasyantas ca mam bhaktya
nitya-yukta upasate

TRANSLATION
“Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.”

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So one who constantly chants the Hare Mahamantra is a mahatma, and such a person is always being enlightened from within:

BG 10.11
tesam evanukampartham
aham ajnana-jam tamah
nasayamy atma-bhava-stho
jnana-dipena bhasvata

TRANSLATION
“To show them special mercy, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy with the shining lamp of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance.”

By the grace of the Holy Name a devotee can know everything both spiritual and material. And without the grace of the Lord and his pure devoteena gatih kuto’pi, the ultimate goal cannot be reached.

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Your humble servant,
Hari-sauri dasa

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