Srila Prabhupada said that 99% of our advancement is dependent on our chanting of Harinam and 1% is on other things. This is confirmed in Harinam Chintamani by Srila Haridas Thakura and Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur that:
yāba yata nāme rati
se tata vaiṣṇava |
vaiṣṇavera krama ei
mate anubhava ||64||
(Harinam chintamani Chapter 4 verse 64)
To the extent one has taste in Harinam to that extent one is a Vaisnava, devotee.
How do you recognize an advance devotee?
An advanced devotee has advanced attraction for Harinam, ruchi or taste for Harinam. Every time that devotee gets a chance to chant Harinam, that devotee will feel bliss. Let me do it!!
Overcome Inattentiveness in Harinam
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
So, if everything is dependent or based on Harinam, then we have to focus on how to improve the quality of our Harinam, especially to end our inattentive chanting, which is the mother of all our offenses. If we don’t chant then it is a small offense, but if we chant and don’t pay attention to Nam, we are inviting the Lord and at the same time we are disrespecting Him. So better not to invite Him in the first place.
So how to overcome this inattentiveness? This a very common question. This inattentiveness cannot be overcome by any mechanical means. It can only be overcome by the causeless mercy of Doyal Nityananda. Doyal means merciful. Doyal Nityananda is merciful to those who touch Him, to remember Him through His name and lila before chanting Harinam, beg His mercy. We also chant the Pancha Tattva mantra but it is not recommended by Srila Prabhupada to be chanted many times. There are many different ways to gradually increase our smarana, remembrance during Harinam. The one way I would like to tell you is the Nityananda Namlekhan. It is a simple Nam visualization which you can try this for 5 or 10 mins before chanting Harinam or even with your left palm while doing Harinam japa with your right hand.
These Strokes are transcendental they are non-different from Nityananda. The 9th stroke of ‘i’ which is like as if Shyamsundar, Radha and Shyam embraced and they are standing 3 fold bending form with a ‘Flute’ which is the smallest horizontal 10th stroke. So that way the touch of Nityananda, the imprint which Nityananda’s offenseless Name, merciful name will leave in your mind, that imprint iprepares the mind for Harinam ceto-darpana-marjanam.
Revelation by Gaura Kishore Das babaji
When you brush something you do it with your finger, like cleaning the mirror. So this Nityananda Namlekhan prepares you with a small meditation on the most merciful Nam Akshar Parabrahma. Srila Gaura Kishore das babaji used to say that just think of the syllables and let the syllables reveal the form to you while chanting the Hare Krishna Maha mantra. Let the form come spontaneously from the syllables, just focus on the syllables. Every part of the syllables.
Nityananda Nam’s syllables are 10 and we have 10 offenses in Harinam. So it removes the unremovable 10 offenses. This is a very simple j5 or 10 minute Nam visualization. If these 5 or 10 mins are going vastly improve the quality of your remembrance of the Name, Form, Qualities and Pastimes while chanting the Hare Krishna Maha mantra, then why can’t we try it? Just try it and see for yourself.
Proof of Namlekhan
There are many scriptural proof for Nityananda Namlekhan given here. But ultimate proof is our own experience.
Ihaana vaataas laagi
beka jaara gaaya ।
taahaareo krishna naa
chaadibe sarvathaaya ।।
(Chaitanya Bhagavat, Madhya Khanda 12.58 )
name nityananda tumi,
ei tumi nityananda
(Chaitanya-bhagavata, Madhya-khanda 12.18)
The name of Nityananda is full with bliss and it makes us qualified for Harinam.
‘gaurāńga’ bolite habe
hari hari’ bolite
nayane ba’ be nīra
Nityananda Nam will make us qualified both for Gauranam and Harinam. It has helped me to relish Harinam in japa and kirtan and even kirtan is filled with so much infinite rememberance. So I am just sharing it, I don’t have any ulterior motive or expectations from all of you for sharing this simple bhajan of Nityananda Namlekhan for Hare Krishna Rasa.
Srila Prabhupada says if someone simply touhes Nityananda in some way or other, one will become eternally happy. And then with that happiness, if one will chant Harinam, then Harinam will be revealed to the chanter.
Thank you so much for listening to my humble prayer. Hare Krishna! Jai Guru Parampara! Jai Srila Prabhupada! Jai Srila Gurudeva! My humble prostrated obeisances dandavats to the lotus feet of all the listeners of this video. This is Kartik Month. Jay Jay Shri Radhe Shyam, Sabko Mile Radha Kund Dham. Thank you! Haribol!
Lecture given on October 17, 2016.