Book excerptsSri Bhajana RahasyaPRARTHAMA-YĀMA-SĀDHANA. Niśanta-bhajana. Śraddhā. Verses 16-20.

PRARTHAMA-YĀMA-SĀDHANA. Niśanta-bhajana. Śraddhā. Verses 16-20.

TEXT 16

The blazing fire of material existence is extinguished by nāma-saṅkīrtana. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (6.2.46) says:

nātaḥ paraṁ karma-nibandha-kṛntanaṁ
mumukṣatāṁ tīrtha-padānukīrtanāt
na yat punaḥ karmasu sajjate mano
rajas-tamobhyāṁ kalilaṁ tato ’nyathā

 

For those who desire liberation from the bondage of this material existence, there is no other means than chanting the name of Bhagavān, who sanctifies even the holy places by the touch of His lotus feet. This nāma-saṅkīrtana is able to destroy the root cause of all sinful activities, because when the mind has taken shelter of Bhagavān it will never again be caught by fruitive activities. By taking shelter of any atonement other than the name of Bhagavān, the heart will remain affected by the modes of passion and ignorance, and sins will not be destroyed at the root.

karma-bandha sukhaṇḍana, mokṣa prāpti saṅghaṭana,
kṛṣṇa-nāma-kīrtane sādhaya
karma-cakra rajas-tamaḥ, pūrṇa-rūpe vinirgama,
nāma vinā nāhi anyopāya

TEXT 17

Further, the Padma Purāṇa states:

sakṛd uccāritaṁ yena
harir ity akṣara-dvayam
baddhaḥ parikaras tena
mokṣāya gamanaṁ prati

 

A person who even once chants the two syllables ha and ri easily attains liberation.

yāṅra mukhe ekabāra nāma nṛtya kare
mokṣa-sukha anāyāse pāya sei nare

TEXT 18

The holy name is like the moonlight that causes the white water lotus of all-auspiciousness to blossom. The Skanda Purāṇa says:

madhura-madhuram etan maṅgalaṁ maṅgalānāṁ
sakala-nigama-vallī sat-phalaṁ cit-svarūpam
sakṛd api parigītaṁ śraddhayā helayā vā
bhṛguvara nara-mātraṁ tārayet kṛṣṇa-nāma

 

The holy name is the most auspicious of all that is auspicious, and the sweetest of all that is sweet. It is the fully ripened transcendental fruit of all the creepers of the Śrutis. O best of the Bhṛgu dynasty, if a person even once chants the name of Kṛṣṇa without offence – be it with faith or indifferently – that chanting will deliver him from the bondage of material existence.

sakala maṅgala haite parama maṅgala
cit-svārūpa sanātana vedavallī-phala
kṛṣṇa-nāma ekabāra śraddhāya helāya
yāṅhāra vedane sei mukta suniścaya

TEXT 19

The holy name is the life of all transcendental knowledge, which is compared to a wife (vadhū). This is supported by the following verse from the Garuḍa Purāṇa:

yad icchasi paraṁ jñānaṁ
jñānād yat paramaṁ padam
tad ādareṇa rājendra
kuru govinda-kīrtanam

 

O best of kings, if you desire to obtain the topmost knowledge and the supreme goal of that knowledge, prema-bhakti, then chant the holy name of Śrī Govinda with great respect and devotion.

parama jñāna haite ye parama pada pāya
govinda-kīrtana sei karaha śraddhāya

TEXT 20

In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (3.5.40) the demigods speak the following:

dhātar yad asmin bhava īśa jīvās
tāpa-trayeṇābhihatā na śarma
ātman labhante bhagavaṁs tavāṅghri-
cchāyāṁ sa-vidyām ata āśrayema

 

O Vidhātā! O Lord! O Paramātmā! In this material world the living entities, overwhelmed by the threefold miseries, cannot find any peace. Therefore, O Bhagavān, we take shelter of the shade of Your lotus feet, which are full of knowledge.

e saṁsāre tāpa-traya, abhihata jīvacaya,
ohe kṛṣṇa nā labhe maṅgala
tava pada-chāyā vidyā, śubha dātā anavadyā,
tad-āśraye sarva-śubha phala

BHAJANA-RAHASYA-VṚTTI

The demigods are praying at the lotus feet of Bhagavān: “O Lord, the jīva is experiencing the auspicious and inauspicious fruits of lifetimes of karma. By the management of māyā he is wandering around in the forest of material existence, overwhelmed by suffering. The jīva is endeavouring to find relief from these threefold miseries, sometimes through knowledge and renunciation and sometimes through knowledge of Brahman, but he is unable to find peace. By obtaining liberation he wants to become as if inert, unable to feel anything, just as stones immersed in water cannot feel the pleasure of being in water. Transcendental peace, para-śānti, is attained at Śrī Hari’s lotus feet. By following the path of bhakti, the living entity becomes immersed in an ocean of transcendental peace and bliss. Thus, to take shelter of Your lotus feet is the only means to attain this para-śānti.”

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