How is Hare Krishna meditation an open secret?
Radhanth swami in this section examines the common Misconceptions related to Bhakti Yoga that prevents us from accessing the rich benefits of the practise.
Since the Hare Krishna meditation externally appears to be an effortless exercise, one may be misled to believe he or she doesn’t have to work hard. Radhanath Swami often says that the practise of Hare Krishna yoga may appear to be easy, but it’s simultaneously sublime. Hence the efforts need to be sincere. To the extent we pursue the path diligently, the rewards can be immense. The section addresses our need to work hard in the practise of Bhakti Yoga.
Srila Prabhupada’s kirtans at the Washington square park and the Tompkins square park in 1966 created history. Never before Srila Prabhupada did the Holy Names of Lord Krishna create such an impact in the Western world as it did during the late 1960’s in America and Europe. His initial kirtans at the twenty six second avenue storefront was attended by a few spiritually interested youth, who .
When we call upon Krishna’s names, it is the most accessible and powerful way of remembering Krishna, especially if we are attentive. Krishna tells us in Gita that he reveals himself to us according to the sincerity of our surrender. In the same way, according to the sincerity in which we call out or cry out Krishna’s names, Krishna will reveal himself. He is always non different from his .
The vision of the heart also helps one see God during inevitable tragedies and death. 34 year old Stoka Krishna das, a member of our congregation and a disciple of Radhanath Swami, was dying of cancer, yet with profuse gratitude accepted the fatal disease as a blessing of the Lord. It was evident to all who knew him that he came closer to Krishna during this tragedy, and was able to see and appreciate Lord better than most of us.
We often seek shelter in fallible things of this world. A child holds on to a teddy bear or a blanket; when it’s taken away, she will cry and won’t accept anything else in exchange. Even as grown-ups we have an innate tendency to hold on to things or people that give us any form of shelter. Sometimes we could be so blinded in our situations that we may accept even ethically wrong forms of shelter.
The scriptures reveal that Holy Names are the sweetest sound vibrations, and if we chant with faith, we can experience unlimited taste and sweetness. If however we aren’t experiencing this taste at the present moment, then it’s time for us to examine our motives and desire strongly to want to experience
Attaining success in chanting is not an overnight affair. Patience and perseverance is the key for good chanting. We may chant attentively and excitedly one day but the next day we may feel lethargic and disinterested. The secret of successful chanting of Hare Krishna lies in disregarding our mood and maintaining consistency. Even if we feel bored and uninspired, if we keep chanting daily, we’ll eventually achieve victory over the mind. Regularity in chanting assures success in the long run.