Krishna 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.
Seated in an auto-rickshaw that had found the red light at a busy city intersection, what else could I expect but black smoke? Destiny, however, surprised me with a little sweet encounter.
I spotted a street urchin who darted from vehicle to vehicle, begging. Moments later she reached me, her expression pleading for charity. I deftly reached my handbag’s front pocket to pull out the box in which I always carry cookies for such occasions. .
Radhanath Swami advises us to ignore the mind while chanting Hare Krishna, lest it deludes us and distracts us from the path of spiritual progress:
“In life, some of the most dangerous enemies cannot be seen, we don’t even know they are there; we may even consider them as our friends. That is the way the mind works.” .
Chanting japa session is after all the exclusive time of the soul with Krishna. It's the time when we can depend on Krishna and promise Him that whatever we are doing or are planning to do is for His exclusive pleasure. Radhanath Swami offers a sobering thought,
“ In whatever we do in our lives, we’ve to use our God given intelligence to analyse, what I speak, what I do, what I think, is it perpetuating my material enjoyment or is it purifying me; is it taking me further away from God or is it bringing me closer to Him” .