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Conquer the Communication Lines

An excerpt from Srila B.R. Sridhara Maharaja – “The Descent of the Holy Name.”

“When one nation tries to conquer another, the first points to capture are the radio stations, the newspapers, the journals-the lines of communication. By sending out its manifesto by sound, the government can move the former leaders from their posts and capture the country. Then, also by sound, the new government becomes established. If there should be any defect in that sound, then the whole thing is ruined. That is why there is so much alteration in the world situation. The sound of all these jivas is, to quote the Bible, ‘Babel.’

Nonsensical sounds are entering and contaminating the ether, the air, the water, and the very molecular structure of each and every person, place and thing.

“A person’s mind is composed of two functions, technically termed sankalpah and vikalpa. Sankalpa refers to the mind’s desire to join thoughts into concepts, theories and tableaus of theories. Vikalpa is the mind’s function of rejecting thoughts, simplifying and limiting experiences which are gathered through the senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Both functions are controlled by sound.

Here is an experiment; Close your eyes. When I repeat a number, you will see the number flash before your mind like a cash register. One. . .Three. . .Seven. . .Four. . .The processes of sankalpa and vikalpa respectively make the thoughts come and go. This is a very simply form of the mind’s process.

On a more complicated scale there is the very risky business of intentionally invading the sound waves with defective sound. The lines of communication are filled with impure sound from the earliest schoolbooks to the most advanced so-called philosophy. The White House filibusters are another excellent example of intentional pollution of sound channels.

If we were to infuse spiritual sound into the ether, if we were to saturate the ether with the transcendental sound vibration of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, this maha-mantra would purify, enlighten and saturate every being with its potencies.

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Then he [Rāya Rāmānanda] prayed to Caitanya Mahāprabhu. At first I used to know You as a mad person but now I am seeing by Your grace that You are a topmost Vaisnava; and not only the topmost, but also so merciful. He was very glad. This is the outward result externally. But the internal reason was that He [Caitanya Mahāprabhu] had made up His mind that, “First I should meet there and I should go to the school of Visaka, that is Rāya Rāmānanda, and there I will learn so much. Then I will be qualified to realize Kṛṣṇa and Śrīmatī Rādhikā.” So He went to the school as a student. Caitanya Mahāprabhu had taken bath and He was sitting on the bank of the Godāvarī River. The Godāvarī River is very sacred. She is like Laksmi. He was sitting there on the bank. What was He thinking? That, “I will know the greatness of Śrīmatī Rādhikā and Her heart.” At once, this big crowd surrounded. So many learned scholars and Sanskrit paṇḍitas were reciting Vedic mantras and playing on a drum, he [Rāya Rāmānanda] was coming in a palanquin, as a king. When he took off all of his things and wanted to take bath, he saw nearby, not so nearby, but a little far away, the bal sannyāsī. Bal sannyāsī means, a kisora, a young sannyāsī. And while sitting, lakhs and lakhs of sunrays [emanated from Him]. He was astonishing. “Who is he?” [thought Rāya Rāmānanda]. He was so attractive. But he [Rāya Rāmānanda] was fearing the paṇḍits. “What will they say?” That being a śūdra, he is going to a brahmana sannyāsī. He wanted that, “I should not do it.” But his heart was so stolen and attracted that he could not check himself. (inaudible 4:38) He told the brahmanas, “Wait for me,” and he left his crown and royal dress, and wearing one kaupīna, came like a beggar.


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