Chapter 1 God's Name (Cont'd)
Kirtan--Tasting Real Pleasure
It enables us to fully taste the nectar for
which we are
We are part and parcel of Krishna, servants of God,
we have diverted our attention solely to material affairs, we are left
and mystified. Sometimes, when people think of God, yoga or religion,
think of something mysterious or impersonal. There is actually nothing
about God, religion or chanting Hare Krishna.
The mystery is that everyone is godless. God is the
Everything is emanating or vibrating from Him, and yet we are godless.
vibrations are godless. Everywhere people say, "I don't believe in
or "God is dead." If God doesn't fit into our mysterious and
conception, we cannot accept Him. Therefore this age is called
the age of darkness and ignorance.
Can You See God?
We cannot exist outside God, Krishna, because
everyone is part
parcel of God. The solution to all our disagreements, our differences,
frustrations and confusion is to become conscious of God, Krishna. Once
become conscious of our eternal relationship with Krishna, we
become conscious of all other living entities and our relationship with
Although we are different and individual, through Krishna we can get
with everyone peacefully and happily.
If we do not recognise Krishna as the centre of
get along with anyone. As soon as we accept Krishna, then immediately
can communicate with everyone. Everything becomes clear, intelligible
harmonious. I cannot call from my house to your house, avoiding the
exchange. If I go through the exchange, however, the phone will ring in
house. Krishna is like the telephone exchange. If we go through
we can communicate with anyone.
We must see Krishna in everything, then everything will
be seen in
its proper perspective. The sun enables us to see ourselves and
else. Without the sun, we are in darkness. Similarly, without Krishna
cannot see or understand anything. We are simply in ignorance. We can
see God, Krishna, by chanting His holy name.
Who is Number One?
Krishna is the leader, the number one eternal
He is maintaining everyone, and He is fulfilling everyone's desires.
living creatures are being looked after by Krishna according to their
and reactions. This fact can be easily understood simply by performing
(congregational chanting of Hare Krishna), especially on the street. At
we understand, "The whole world is going on without me. It's going on
Krishna's direction." When we serve the supreme leader, Krishna, by
Kirtan, we get actual happiness, spiritual happiness. We feel ananda,
God is eternally blissful. Because He is God, He has
about. There is no one greater than Him, and there is no one equal to
Everything originates in God, everything is being maintained by Him and
again enters into Him. When we understand that we are eternally part
parcel of Krishna, we will be happy, complete in our original, joyful
One who is thus transcendentally situated at
the Supreme Brahman. He never laments nor desires to have anything; he
equally disposed to every living entity. In that state he attains pure
service unto Me.--Bhagavad-gita 18.54
Just by vibrating Hare Krishna, we feel happy.
We reach a
point where we feel unhappy if we are not chanting Hare Krishna. When
stop chanting, we feel that there is something missing. We want to be
free from the material anxieties of eating, sleeping, defending and
sex. We want to be self-satisfied and self-realised. The purpose of
Hare Krishna is to develop love for Krishna, and the result of chanting
Krishna is love of God, eternal bliss.
Taste Real Intoxication
In the present day, people ingest so many
to experience relief from their constant material anxieties. Everyone
a taste of bliss. They want to experience some supramundane happiness.
the most powerful drug ultimately brings misery. But the holy name of
allows one to taste the highest, most relishable kind of bliss. Krishna
ananda. He is never unhappy. His form is sach-chid-ananda: eternity,
The material body is composed of earth, water, fire,
air and ether.
The material body is miserable, ignorant and temporary. In our search
relief from this miserable, temporary body, we become entangled with
bodies. The more we become entangled in material activities, the more
suffer. The more we become engaged in chanting Hare Krishna, the more
experience relief by awakening to the spiritual reality.
Under the gloom of death, one ignorantly scrambles for
material happiness. Seeking happiness, an ignorant person will take
and obliterate his brain for an hour or two, a day, a week or even a
Some children are even born intoxicated because the mother and father
taking heroin, LSD or other intoxicants. Consequently, when the baby is
he is intoxicated. Naturally, such children become easily addicted to
Pure and Unconditional
Devotees also dance, sing, work, eat, sleep and
also get intoxicated--not with drugs, but with Krishna. Devotees become
after Krishna, addicted to chanting Krishna's name. When they chant,
experience relief from material misery.
The materialists get relief from material misery by
like heroin. Intoxicated, he feels everything is all right. Heroin is a
substance which gives a semblance of relief or pleasure. However, when
wears off, it reacts with pain, and each time, the pain is more acute
the time before. In chanting Hare Krishna, there is no pain or bad
Chanting is pure and unconditional. Krishna is the intoxication of
Kirtan is the song and dance of ecstasy. The word
the word exit. When one is in ecstasy, the false things must exit,
or be driven out. When everything false and misleading is stripped
we feel ecstasy. This ecstasy is our natural, joyful
Kirtan is an appeal to Krishna--"O Krishna, please
protect me. O
Krishna, please engage me." It is also an appeal to the conditioned
who are in ignorance--"Be Krishna conscious, be happy. Don't suffer.
chant Hare Krishna, surrender to Krishna and go home, back to Godhead."
endeavour in Krishna consciousness thus aims at spiritual
ourselves and others.