The Holy Name Chants Us!

Karnamrita Das

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Monthly Japa Immersion Day
setting six hours aside
for only chanting Hare Krishna
an intensified opportunity for Presence
joined together with others
we gain collective supportive strength
yet each person is alone with the Name
everything else is on hold
our investment only in chanting
revealing our faith and interest.

We sit before Radha Krishna Deities
with only our beads and voice
reducing time to one mantra
learning to be satisfied in a moment
the past and future are illusion
thoughts come, and thoughts go
we have to return to attention
the Divine Couple in Their Names
sitting before a spiritual portal
praying for the grace to enter.
A pathway from matter to spirit
taste without distraction the entry fee
unlocking our experience of the self
our suitcases of accumulated garbage
like concrete covering our feet
we only have to let go—
yet occasionally the portal opens
then nothing else matters
awakened to see beyond seeing
we are blissfully bathed in divine light.

Realizing we’re moving up the mountain
regardless of external appearances
first and foremost we’re spiritual pilgrims
our task is to remember this frequently
seeing our worldly desires as folly
all material pleasure like a desert
true thirst quenching water, the soul
satisfaction lies in spiritual giving
our eternal engagement in loving service
discovered by the embrace of the holy name.

Happy Birthday!

Hare Krsna Karnamrita Prabhu,

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and all glories to you!

Happy Appearance Day! I feel so blessed to have had your association through your wonderful blogs and I hope I can always be blessed through such an amazing association of yours. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for being such an inspiration through the amazing power of words.

Thank you, Prabhu.

Personally at your service,
Bhaktin Roma

Kindness and generousity

Thanks Romaji, for your kindness and generosity. I bow down to your appreciation, and honor your gifts. Whoever I may be or not be, I can say that I pray often to serve the devotees through my words and life. I am only a very tiny devotee, but since I pray a lot, Prabhupada, my gurus, and Shri Gaura Nitai, have been very merciful to me. I can't think of what other reason I have been so blessed. Otherwise I would not still be alive or able to communicate. I'm not the most anything, but I am insignificant. In spite of myself, Krishna is kind.

Of course, it is easy to be self-effacing and speak humble words, yet as an aspiring devotee, I aspire to practice the 3rd verse of Shri Chaitanya, or Shikshashtakam. Very "high" to feel lower than the grass, with tolerance like a tree, offering all respects to others, while not wanting praise oneself. Nevertheless, by the mercy of Shri Guru and Gauranga, all things are possible. Such humility is the nature of the soul, imbued with prema, so I have a long way to go. Still, I do my best to remember that whatever talents or success I have is purely Krishna's mercy. Let us all encourage one another to do deeper into our spiritual practices and to the best of our ability to share our good fortune, and whatever we have understood.

Hare Krishna respected Mataji!

your friend in seva,

dasanudas Karnamrita