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Kirtan: Ancient Medicine for Modern Man

By Hansadutta das

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Chapter 1 God's Name (Cont'd)

Kirtan--The Highest Vibration

In these transcendental names You have invested all Your transcendental energies.--Shikshastaka

The Soul is Vibrating
It has become very fashionable to talk of vibrations. We say that a person has strange, good or bad vibrations. Vibrations also exist in things we do not see, such as mind, intelligence and the soul. We cannot see the air, but we can see the effect of air when it moves waves on the water or when the trees bend. We can catch radio waves which travel through the ether. Mind is also vibrating, but we cannot see it. Intelligence is a vibration, and the soul is also vibrating. Everything vibrates according to the consciousness behind it.

When one throws a stone into a pond, the effect of the stone falling into the water causes a vibration--ripples--which expands in concentric waves. In this way, the stone and water interact. Similarly, the soul's presence in this material atmosphere creates a particular vibration. That vibration is manifested in material elements--earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego.

This body, composed of those material elements, is the vibration or effect of the presence of the soul in the material body. According to the soul's consciousness, the body is manifested. The Bible says, "Man is made in the image of God." The closer one is to God, the more harmonious the external vibration is. A person is attractive or repulsive according to his nearness to or distance from God. If a person is pious, his vibration is pleasing. If a person is demoniac or godless, his vibration is unpleasant. Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is in God. In those who are God conscious, beauty is manifested accordingly.

God's Vibration
The chanting of Hare Krishna is the vibration of the greatest person, God. Each individual living entity has his particular vibration. God, being the supreme individual, has supreme vibrations. By chanting the holy name of Krishna, one can come in touch with God's vibration. Kirtan nullifies, neutralises and overpowers all other vibrations, be they so-called good or bad vibrations. Through Kirtan one is situated on the highest frequency of transcendental vibration.

Everything within our experience is composed of sound vibration. The higher the vibration, the more powerful it is. High vibrations can disorient or disintegrate the atoms in a glass pane, causing the glass to crack. The Hare Krishna vibration, the vibration of spiritual sound, destroys or counteracts all material vibrations, thereby liberating the eternal soul from the encasement of matter.

The vibration Hare Krishna has the transcendental potency to dispel the darkness of the material world. One cannot counteract the anxiety of the material world by word jugglery, speculation or any other material activity. Material anxiety can only be dispelled by striking up the Kirtan and sincerely chanting Hare Krishna.

All of us are caught up in this ever-changing atmosphere of vibrations. Everyone is emanating certain vibrations, but since everyone is essentially separated from God, these vibrations cannot actually help anyone. Many people swimming in the ocean are all vibrating or struggling, but none of them can help one another. They are all struggling alone. This material atmosphere is full of living entities who are vibrating or struggling, each in their own way, to exist in an atmosphere which imposes death upon everyone. This struggle is the source of all our anxiety.

As soon as we stop vibrating "Krishna," we are immediately bombarded with a multitude of mundane vibrations from within our own mind and from external sources. The environment is constantly vibrating, and we are also throwing out vibrations. The world is a pandemonium, a madhouse of vibrations. When we chant Hare Krishna, we are at once elevated above the frequency of this mundane plane, where everyone is vibrating and jamming each other with competition, envy, jealousy, lust and greed--the vibrations of this material world.

His Name is the Same
In the material world, we can understand that behind the vibration of the radio there is a person. The vibration represents the person. This principle is only partially true in the material world, but absolutely true in the spiritual world. In the spiritual world, the vibration, the name of the person and the person himself are one and the same. Therefore, when we chant "Krishna," we are with Krishna, and Krishna is with us.

The holy name of Krishna is not simply a sound or a name indicating another object, as names are in the material world. The name John is just a designation for the person. The name John or Peter or the words book and water are not the same as the objects they represent. They are just indicators. A map of America is not America. The map is just a piece of paper which gives some abstract, geographical idea of what America is. America is actually something different from the map.

God is absolute, and therefore anything directly connected with Him--such as His holy name--is identical with Him. In the material world of duality, when a thirsty man calls out, "Water! Water!" it will not satisfy his thirst, because the name water and the substance water are completely different. But in the absolute world, there are no such differences. An object and its name are one. Therefore, simply by vibrating the holy names of God--"Krishna! Rama!"--one associates with God directly. In our present conditioned existence, we cannot easily understand this principle. Once we become purified, this principle is realised.

The Seed of Spiritual Life
The modern scientist is proud of his ability to store information in microcomputer chips, but with all his knowledge, he cannot create a seed which can produce a tree. There is so much information and potency in a seed that from the small seed a big tree can grow and produce fruit for years. Each fruit produces more seeds, and each seed is capable of producing another tree.

The holy name of Krishna is the seed of spiritual life. One must take this seed within one's heart, nurture it and water it regularly. The watering process is to chant Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. The seed and the water with which to nourish the seed are the same, because the nature of the holy name is absolute. In the spiritual world, there is no duality. The name is both the end and the means, the goal and the means for attaining the goal. Chanting is the process whereby the seed, the holy name, fructifies, begins to grow and gradually bears fruit. We must be patient. In due course of time, the tree will manifest and bear fruit which we can transcendentally taste and enjoy. That fruit is love of God.

Everybody is looking for somebody to love. We want to love somebody, because the nature of the soul is love, and the nature of spiritual life is to love God. Without love, there can be no life. When we have no knowledge of the transcendental person, Krishna, we mistakenly love a mundane person, a country, our money or our dog. When our love is misplaced, we are frustrated. We need to love Krishna, God. The purpose of chanting Hare Krishna is to develop love for Krishna. Once we have developed love for Krishna, love for everything else comes automatically. Without love for Krishna, there is no possibility of love for anything else.

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