Power of Faith in The Holy Names

  • What is it that the Holy Names can’t give to one who has full faith in the Holy Names?
  • You wholeheartedly say “I am Yours” and the Lord reciprocates..
  • There is nothing like the association of Nam-parayan Vaishnavs who have no other shelter but the Holy Names. Those who are completely dedicated to Nam-Sadhana and have irrevocable faith that the Names can give everything. Those who have fully realized that Harinam is Chintamani (Divine-Wish-Fulfilling-Touchstone).
  • Attentive chanting never disappoints. Only inattentive chanting does. And not only you, it disappoints the Holy Names as well.
  • Whenever you feel your heart is not melting during chanting or you are not able chant attentively then start doing Nitainam Lekhan with your left palm along with chanting and see the magic!
  • Eating grains without completing one’s Sadhana is never a good idea.
  •  “How can one attain perfection within a single lifetime?
Answer: If one gives up one’s free will and fully surrenders to Sri Gurudeva, and then performs bhajana without duplicity under his guidance, one will attain perfection within a single lifetime.” (Shrila Bhaktisiddhant Saraswati Thakhur Prabhupad)

Don’t Stop if You Don’t Get Taste

At times it happens that when we are doing Nitainam Lekhan or Hare Krishna Mahamantra japa, we do not get any higher taste or spiritual bliss. It goes blank sometimes. You feel dry inside. So whenever this happens, you should not get discouraged. You should not discontinue your sadhna. You should not keep your hand down. You should keep your hand in the air. You should continue to do Nitainam Lekhan. You should not take out the hand from the bead bag. You should keep your hand inside and you should continue chanting because we are not doing sadhana just for our pleasure, we are doing it for the pleasure of the Lord and if we are not getting any pleasure or higher taste, then it does not mean that we will discontinue our sadhana. There should be no halt because of not getting the taste.

This is infact the right time to prove the Lord that you are doing bhakti for the Lord and not for your own pleasure. When you are getting pleasure or higher taste, then there is no chance of pleasing the Lord so much because the Lord knows you are doing Nitainam Lekhan or Harinam japa because of getting bliss but when it is dry, when you are not getting anything still you are doing then the Lord gets really pleased. That is the chance for you to please the Lord. That is the opportunity for you to please the Lord. Don’t miss it. And when you do Nitainam Lekhan or chanting even when it is completely dry, but you do not stop it, then the Lord gets extremely pleased with your sincerity, selflessness and He awards higher taste very soon. You just have to be patient, dhairya and nischaya, you should not stop, then the Lord will for sure reward you very soon.

Joy Nitai!

The Lord of Mercy- Doyal Nitai!

karama geyana, kichu nahi mora,
sadhana bhajana nai
tumi krpa-moya, ami to kangala,
ahaituki krpa cai
(Bhajana Lalsa by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur)

What is Bhaktivinoda Thakur saying? He is saying that just accept that you can’t do sadhana, you can’t do bhajana, you don’t have karma, you don’t have jnana, you don’t have any qualification or yogyata to attain Gauranga and Radha-Shyama. You can only consider yourself as a kangaal and as a beggar and you can start begging for ahaituki kripa means causeless mercy because there is no cause to give you mercy. Even though he himself was performing a lot of sadhana but even if you perform sadhana, you should always consider your sadhana as zero. On the strength of sadhana, you can never attain the Lord. Sadhana is to keep you disciplined. Sadhana is to teach you, you know how to engage your senses in the service of the Lord. But attainment of the Lord is impossible without mercy. And who is the Lord of mercy? Doyal Nitai! So-

heno nitai bine bhai, radha-krishna paite nai
dridha kori’ dharo nitair pay
(Nitai Pada Kamla by Srila Narottama Das Thakur)

nitaiyer charana satya, tahara sevaka nitya,
nitai-pada sada koro asa

And drdha kori dharo nitaira paya and then he is saying dharo nitaiyer charana du’ khani. And in the first line he is saying nitai-pada-kamala. This entire bhajana is you know full of Nitai’s charana. Everywhere he is first of all saying that Nitai’s Lotus feet are more cooling than millions of moons. Then he is saying without Nitai you cannot attain Radha-Krishna, so ‘catch’ Nitai’s Lotus feet. Then he is saying that when Nitai will be merciful on you, then you will automatically attain Vraja dhama, you will see the chinmaya dhama, you will see the real dhama. Your transcendental eyes, senses will awaken and you will see Radha and Krishna. braje radha-krsna pabe. So dharo nitaiyer charana du’ khani. Then he is saying that nitai-pada sada koro asa. Then in the last line he is saying narottama bodo duhkhi, nitai more koro sukhi; rakho ranga-charanera pasa. The entire bhajana means take shelter of Nitai. The entire bhajana the only crux, the jist of the bhajana is that just take shelter of Nitai. Lotus Feet means you have to take the shelter of entire Nitai. You cannot take the shelter of Lotus feet exclusively. You have to take shelter of Nitai. Narottama Dasa Thakur is saying.

He was the Supreme Personality of Godhead and He had no shame, no hesitation, no ego when he went from door to door and he was begging. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sakshat Balrama Sarva Shaktidhara, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, He was not having any ego in begging and we fallen souls, we vibhinamsha, tathastha shakti, badha jiva, badha souls, we have ego that too in front of the Lord. We may have ego in front of some ordinary person. But why are we having ego in front of the Supreme Personality of Godhead who had no ego in begging from us? He was begging from us and we can’t beg from Him? That is very shameful. So we should not request, we should beg Nitai.

Nitai Vayulekhan Means Guaranteed Advancement!

A unique way of looking at the process of Nitai Vayulekhan

If a VIP is expected to arrive in your house, then won’t you clean it as much as you can? Of course you will. You will leave no stone unturned to make your house shine (at least from inside). But can perfect cleaning of the house ever be considered a ’cause’ of the arrival of a VIP? No. First of all, the VIP must be invited. And then, the invitation must be accepted.

We perform sadhana (spiritual practices) to clean our heart so that the Lord may descend in it. We have to put in a lot of sincere efforts to maintain our sadhana because sadhana maintains our purity. And the Lord does not descend in an impure heart. However, once again, can we say that purity of the heart is a ’cause’ of the descent of the Lord? Not necessarily. If purity alone was a sufficient condition for the descent of the Lord then even the Yogis could see Gaur Radha Krishna within their purified hearts. What is it that they lack? They lack kripa. Kripa of a pure devotee. Without which the Lord never manifests even in a purified heart.

If you want to invite the CM to your house then you need to approach someone who is close to the CM. The CM will not come if you will simply clean your house perfectly. You need an approach. You need a recommendation letter from a near and dear one (close confidante) of the CM. This recommendation is known as kripa. And it is extremely important for the attainment of Gaur Radha Krishna. Otherwise, in terms of sadhana (spiritual practices), the Yogis are much more rigid and persevering than the devotees. Sometimes the Yogis meditate continuously for many months without eating or drinking or sleeping. A devotee does not undergo such severe spiritual practices. Still, a devotee is more likely to attain the Lord because he seeks kripa. He is not entirely dependent on his own individual efforts like a Yogi is.

So now we know that we need both sadhana as well as kripa of a pure devotee to advance. If you have both then your advancement is guaranteed! Sadhana is in our own hands (to an extent) but kripa is beyond our control. This is the big problem. After struggling with our sadhana for many years (even after attaining a stable state), we may still get stuck without making any real advancement if we don’t have kripa. Yes, it is very demoralizing and depressing. But it is the real condition of majority of devotees in this degraded age. Wait! Don’t lose hope. What if you are told that there is one way by which both sadhana and kripa can come in your hands. Sorry, not hands, but just a finger!

Nitai Vayulekhan is that ultimate process which can rescue all old and new devotees from stagnation in devotional service. It is a unique and unprecedented combo of sadhana and kripa. In fact, a combo of the highest sadhana and the greatest kripa. It is a unique sadhana which has got the highest kripa attached to it. You need not make any separate effort to obtain kripa if you do Nitai Vayulekhan. Two in one. Nitai Vayulekhan should be read as Nitai (kripadheesh) and Vayulekhan (sadhana-raj). Did you notice the two-in-one effect? Nitai means the greatest source of kripa being the topmost devotee, and Vayulekhan means the king of all sadhana (sadhana-raj) as it is the highest form of meditation. Thus, when you do Nitai Vayulekhan, you get the maximum purification and the best recommendation letter possible. Nitai is the greatest approach to Gaur Radha Krishna and Vayulekhan is the greatest cleaner of all impurities of heart. That is why, Nitai Vayulekhan means guaranteed advancement!

Worthless disciple of Shrila Nitaipreshthji,
Nitaimani das