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Prayers to the Holy Name

[reposted from 2008-10-06]
My dear Hari Nam Prabhu:

By the grace of Shrila Prabhupada
and my shiska gurus who represent
Lord Chaitanya and Nitai,
(who have brought you in Kali-yuga)
I have been introduced to you
in the process of japa and kirtana.

With whatever humility and gratitude
I can embody, I thank you for
remaining with me over the years,
many of which were quite poor spiritually--
yet you somehow enabled me to keep chanting.

I have reasoned that due to my chanting
I was able to remain at least some type
of devotee, though at my lowest times
I didn't appreciate the value of being one,
today I do some much more!

Thus I can joyfully say THANK YOU
Hari Nam Prabhu for keeping me
company, allowing me to continue
on the path, remaining an
aspiring devotee of Krishna.

My time in this body is short
so I humbly, intensely pray to you:

Please allow me to chant purely
with love, concentration and the
realization that you are a real person.

Please stay with me, allowing me
to have a service attitude, gradually
with full devotion in everything I do.

Please allow me to remember your meaning
as Radha Krishna, thanking my gurus, peers
and great devotees, for the gift of Bhakti.

Please be my constant companion
even in sleep, and by your grace may
I be an ideal example of a devotee.

Let me perfect my life with Prema and
pure devotion, and may the overflow of
that help others be encouraged in Bhakti.

May we all encourage each other to take
full shelter of you, serving devotees
and being your instruments.

May my heart be one with yours,
my desires one with yours,
my mission one with yours.

May your will be done
through me, within me
and around me.

Combined comments from old site

Mon, 10/06/2008 - 23:05 — Navasi
Thank The Holy Name

Dear Karnamrita prabhu,

I can't find words to even express how much this prayer you wrote means to me.

At the risk of embarrassing myself and seeming dramatic, I will say that I was crying (hard) as I read it, and even now as I type this.

What else do we have except the holy name and that is our only shelter. I am taking this prayer as my own prayer, so that I can say it every day, and never forget any of it.

I hope you don't mind.

Thank you so much for sharing this, it's one of the most beautiful things I've ever read.

I know there are many expressions by many great acharyas about the holy name, and the shelter there. I really appreciate all of them. Still, the reason yours is so meaningful to me, is because it's written by another devotee, similar to me, here on this earth, struggling to remember Krishna.

It's so sincere, so real, so genuine, yet so truly connected to what Krishna consciousness is all about (at least for me it is).

There are so many deep, complicated (to me) aspects of this philosophy, and just recently I've been feeling a little overwhelmed by it all, and just longing for the "essence". What's this all really about anyway? Taking shelter of the holy name, chanting Krishna's name, the beauty and the mercy and the bliss of this incredible benediction from Lord Chaitanya.

Just chant. I need this, I can't "manage" a lot of complicated details. For me, this prayer you wrote (every aspect of it) is the sum of what attracts me to Krishna consciousness and what keeps me going.

I'm so grateful to know you, and to have this chance to read this prayer, and keep it so that I can also make it my prayer.

Thank you so much. (x 3 )



Tue, 10/07/2008 - 00:12 — Karnamrita.das
A complicated, difficult life can make chanting more appealing

Thank you for your heartfelt sharing. May your tears purify you and endear you to Krishna! We all have to learn to cry for Krishna, seeing him as our most valuable asset, having been lost for countless births, is now again within our reach---by his grace! How fortunate we are---or can be!

Our perception of the difficulties and uncertainties of life with a background in Bhakti can make taking the holy name much more profound and meaningful. Our life and personal psychology are meant to foster our spiritual growth. We are all blessed according to our ability to take shelter of the holy name and sadhu sanga. Our spiritual necessity makes us appreciate the value of these things and be moved even by a simple expression as I have made. May you be blessed to realize your highest spiritual aspirations and ideal, taking the Nam as your constant friend and shelter.

Here is a quote from the Agni Purana as given by Thakur Bhaktivinode:

"There is no vow like chanting the holy name, no knowledge superior to it, no meditation which comes anywhere near it, and it gives the highest result. No penance is equal to it, and nothing is as potent or powerful as the holy name.

"Chanting is the greatest act of piety and the supreme refuge. Even the words of the Vedas do not possess sufficient power to describe its magnitude. Chanting is the highest path to liberation, peace, and eternal life. It is the pinnacle of devotion, the heart's joyous proclivity and attraction, and the best form of remembrance of the Supreme Lord. The holy name has appeared solely for the benefit of the living entities as their lord and master, their supreme worshipful object and their spiritual guide and mentor.

"Whoever continuously chants Lord Krishna's holy name even in his sleep, can easily realize that the name is the direct manifestation of Krishna himself, in spite of the influence of the Kali-yuga."

Your friend in Krishna,



Tue, 10/07/2008 - 02:23 — Karnamrita.das
More Glories of the Holy Name

"The holy name of Krsna is transcendentally blissful. It bestows all spiritual benedictions, for it is Krsna Himself, the reservoir of all pleasure. Krsna's name is complete, and it is the form of all transcendental mellows. It is not a material name under any condition, and it is no less powerful than Krsna Himself. Since Krsna's name is not contaminated by the material qualities, there is no question of its being involved with maya. Krsna's name is always liberated and spiritual; it is never conditioned by the laws of material nature. This is because the name of Krsna and Krsna Himself are identical."

From the Padma Purana as quoted in Cc Madhya 17.133
"I do not know how much nectar the two syllables ‘Krs-na' have produced. When the holy name of Krsna is chanted, it appears to dance within the mouth. We then desire many, many mouths. When that name enters the holes of the ears, we desire many millions of ears. And when the holy name dances in the courtyard of the heart, it conquers the activities of the mind, and therefore all the senses become inert."

From Vidagdha-madhava (1.15), a seven-act play written by Srila Rupa Gosvami describing the pastimes of Sri Krsna in Vrndavana as quoted in Cc Antya 1.99

"Chanting the holy name is the chief means of attaining love of Godhead. This chanting or devotional service does not depend on any paraphernalia, nor on one's having taken birth in a good family. By humility and meekness one attracts the attention of Krsna. That is the verdict of all the Vedas. Therefore if one becomes very humble and meek, he can easily attain the lotus feet of Krsna in this Age of Kali. That is the fulfillment of all great sacrifices, penances and austerities because when one achieves ecstatic love of Godhead, he attains the complete perfection of life. Therefore whatever one does in executing devotional service must be accompanied by the chanting of the holy name of the Lord."

Shrila Jiva Gosvami in his Bhakti-sandarbha 2.70 as quoted in Prabhupada's purport to Cc Antya 4.71
"O Hari-nama! The tips of the toes of Your lotus feet are constantly being worshiped by the glowing radiance emanating from the string of gems known as the Upanisads, the crown jewels of all the Vedas. You are eternally adored by liberated souls such as Narada and Sukadeva. O Hari-nama! I take complete shelter of You."

Rupa Gosvami in his Namastaka (verse 1) quoted in same as above

"All glories, all glories to the all-blissful holy name of Sri Krsna, which causes the devotee to give up all conventional religious duties, meditation and worship. When somehow or other uttered even once by a living entity, the holy name awards him liberation. The holy name of Krsna is the highest nectar. It is my very life and my only treasure."

Sanatana Gosvami in his Brhad-bhagavatamrta (1.1.9)

“O King, constant chanting of the holy name of the Lord after the ways of the great authorities is the doubtless and fearless way of success for all, including those who are free from all material desires, those who are desirous of all material enjoyment, and those who are self-satisfied by dint of transcendental knowledge.” SB 2.1.11

“Devotional service, beginning with the chanting of the holy name of the Lord, is the ultimate religious principle for the living entity in human society.” SB 6.3.22

There is no end to the glories of the Lord's holy names!


Tue, 10/07/2008 - 09:48 — Go-Seva
Now on my "refrigerator"

Thank you for this entire post, Karnamrita Prabhu and Navasi Mataji... I have printed out the entire thing to further study and refer to before chanting or when I need inspiration in chanting.

I am so grateful to all of you senior devotees, all the way up to Lord Caitanya, for showing us all the way in taking shelter of the Holy Name. Chanting is very comforting and pleasurable for me(although for some reason my mind fights my intelligence when I want to chant...? I still can't figure out why that is...?), and I pray to the Lord that I never become deaf or mute or otherwise unable so I may chant His names until the day I leave this body.


Tue, 10/07/2008 - 01:10 — Navasi
Sadhu Sanga

I feel so fortunate because of the wonderful sadhu sanga I have had in my life, and continue to have. Maybe, like you said, necessity will increase my appreciation even more.

I just pray that the sadhu sanga increases, and my appreciation of the value of it increases, and my ability to apply what I learn from that association increases.

I understood that our lives were meant to foster our spiritual growth, but I never understood this about how even our psychology is meant to foster our spiritual growth. I guess it should be apparent, since our psychology is part of our life.

I was only thinking in terms of events and situations being beneficial, and not really seeing that even our very psychological makeup was leading us to Krishna also.

That's an incredibly inspiring concept.

That quote from Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur is amazing. Thank you for that. I love it so much I put it in my profile.

Thank you also for your blessings for my spiritual life. :)

Hare Krishna,