Chapter 1 God's Name (Cont'd)
Kirtan--The Highest Vibration
In these transcendental names You have invested
The Soul is Vibrating
It has become very fashionable to talk of
vibrations. We say
a person has strange, good or bad vibrations. Vibrations also exist in
we do not see, such as mind, intelligence and the soul. We cannot see
air, but we can see the effect of air when it moves waves on the water
when the trees bend. We can catch radio waves which travel through the
Mind is also vibrating, but we cannot see it. Intelligence is a
and the soul is also vibrating. Everything vibrates according to the
When one throws a stone into a pond, the effect of the
into the water causes a vibration--ripples--which expands in concentric
In this way, the stone and water interact. Similarly, the soul's
in this material atmosphere creates a particular vibration. That
is manifested in material elements--earth, water, fire, air, ether,
intelligence and false ego.
This body, composed of those material elements, is the
effect of the presence of the soul in the material body. According to
soul's consciousness, the body is manifested. The Bible says, "Man is
in the image of God." The closer one is to God, the more harmonious the
vibration is. A person is attractive or repulsive according to his
to or distance from God. If a person is pious, his vibration is
If a person is demoniac or godless, his vibration is unpleasant. Beauty
not in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is in God. In those who are God
beauty is manifested accordingly.
The chanting of Hare Krishna is the vibration of
God. Each individual living entity has his particular vibration. God,
the supreme individual, has supreme vibrations. By chanting the holy
of Krishna, one can come in touch with God's vibration. Kirtan
neutralises and overpowers all other vibrations, be they so-called good
bad vibrations. Through Kirtan one is situated on the highest frequency
Everything within our experience is composed of sound
higher the vibration, the more powerful it is. High vibrations can
or disintegrate the atoms in a glass pane, causing the glass to crack.
Hare Krishna vibration, the vibration of spiritual sound, destroys or
all material vibrations, thereby liberating the eternal soul from the
The vibration Hare Krishna has the transcendental
potency to dispel
the darkness of the material world. One cannot counteract the anxiety
the material world by word jugglery, speculation or any other material
Material anxiety can only be dispelled by striking up the Kirtan and
chanting Hare Krishna.
All of us are caught up in this ever-changing
Everyone is emanating certain vibrations, but since everyone is
separated from God, these vibrations cannot actually help anyone. Many
swimming in the ocean are all vibrating or struggling, but none of them
help one another. They are all struggling alone. This material
is full of living entities who are vibrating or struggling, each in
own way, to exist in an atmosphere which imposes death upon everyone.
struggle is the source of all our anxiety.
As soon as we stop vibrating "Krishna," we are
with a multitude of mundane vibrations from within our own mind and
external sources. The environment is constantly vibrating, and we are
throwing out vibrations. The world is a pandemonium, a madhouse of
When we chant Hare Krishna, we are at once elevated above the frequency
this mundane plane, where everyone is vibrating and jamming each other
competition, envy, jealousy, lust and greed--the vibrations of this
His Name is the Same
In the material world, we can understand that
of the radio there is a person. The vibration represents the person.
principle is only partially true in the material world, but absolutely
in the spiritual world. In the spiritual world, the vibration, the name
the person and the person himself are one and the same. Therefore, when
chant "Krishna," we are with Krishna, and Krishna is with us.
The holy name of Krishna is not simply a sound or a
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
they represent. They are just indicators. A map of America is not
The map is just a piece of paper which gives some abstract,
idea of what America is. America is actually something different from
God is absolute, and therefore anything directly
as His holy name--is identical with Him. In the material world of
when a thirsty man calls out, "Water! Water!" it will not satisfy his
because the name water and the substance water are completely
But in the absolute world, there are no such differences. An object and
name are one. Therefore, simply by vibrating the holy names of
Rama!"--one associates with God directly. In our present conditioned
we cannot easily understand this principle. Once we become purified,
principle is realised.
The Seed of Spiritual
The modern scientist is proud of his ability to
in microcomputer chips, but with all his knowledge, he cannot create a
which can produce a tree. There is so much information and potency in a
that from the small seed a big tree can grow and produce fruit for
Each fruit produces more seeds, and each seed is capable of producing
The holy name of Krishna is the seed of spiritual life.
this seed within one's heart, nurture it and water it regularly. The
process is to chant Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. The seed and the water with
to nourish the seed are the same, because the nature of the holy name
absolute. In the spiritual world, there is no duality. The name is both
end and the means, the goal and the means for attaining the goal.
is the process whereby the seed, the holy name, fructifies, begins to
and gradually bears fruit. We must be patient. In due course of time,
tree will manifest and bear fruit which we can transcendentally taste
enjoy. That fruit is love of God.
Everybody is looking for somebody to love. We want to
because the nature of the soul is love, and the nature of spiritual
is to love God. Without love, there can be no life. When we have no
of the transcendental person, Krishna, we mistakenly love a mundane
a country, our money or our dog. When our love is misplaced, we are
We need to love Krishna, God. The purpose of chanting Hare Krishna is
develop love for Krishna. Once we have developed love for Krishna, love
everything else comes automatically. Without love for Krishna, there is
possibility of love for anything else.