Don’t take it cheaply

mind wandersKrishna is non-different than His name.  Krishna has descended within His name to give us shelter, to nourish us and to reveal all of His love to us.  The holy name is the most precious cintamani jewel of creation, there is nothing so precious, because nothing else can give us the benediction of eternal life and eternal love.  But we must understand the value of chanting Krishna’s names.

One of the greatest misfortunes is if you have something great but you do not understand its value—you will waste it, you will not take the full advantage of it, you will take it as something ordinary. That is what we are doing every day.  When we are trying to chant the holy name, the mind is wandering to so many ideas, so many thoughts, so many desires, and so many aspirations. What does that mean? It really means that your mind is trying to deceive you to think that to fix its attention on something else will give you a greater value than keeping it in Krishna’s name.  And this is how maya, through our mind, is stealing away our life moment by moment.  When we understand with faith, the power and glory of Krishna’s name, then only can we take shelter; otherwise our chanting is casual or perhaps ritualistic, inattentive.

Two things are very important—a very mature and honest understanding of the dangers and sufferings of material existence and faith that the holy name of God has descended to give us supreme shelter.

 

(From a talk given by Radhanath Swami in 2005)

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  • Navin Poojary

    Sometimes when our mind wanders we even know and realise that “this wandering business” is not giving as much as satisfaction as we experienced for the few moments that we could chant attentively.This shows the power of illusory power of the Lord. It can always trick us. Hence we have to be ever watchful and attentive while we chant

  • Sumit Sharma

    Nice description of how material things are different from spiritual things.

  • Sanjiv

    One of the greatest misfortunes is if you have something great but you do not understand its value—you will waste it, you will not take the full advantage of it, you will take it as something ordinary

  • Anjan reddy

    Thank you swamiji for your wonderful anwer

  • Srinivas

    NICE ARTICLE

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    This material world is of full of miseries at every step. Only the holy name can protect anyone in any circumstance. All glories to HH Radhanatha Svami Maharaja.

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