Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja
WHAT TO THINK ABOUT WHILE CHANTING
[Respected Harikatha Readers,
This year, 2013, the observance of Sri Krsna Janmastami is August 28th. We pray that you find spiritual nourishment in reading this first-time-published darsana of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, spoken in France, on April 27, 1998:]
Syama-kunda and Radha-kunda are extremely beautiful, surrounded by the many exquisite sweet groves of Lalita, Visakha, and all the other principle sakhis. We want the mercy of Radha and Krsna Conjugal. Srimati Radhika is our Svamini, our worshipful mistress, so we must please Her. How do we please Her? Not by glorifying Her. Rather, by our glorifying Her beloved, She will be very pleased and bestow upon us whatever we desire.
So, try to please Srimati Radhika by first glorifying Her beloved Krsna, Syamasundara. How? By singing and remembering the bhajana “Namami Nanda-nandana.” If you can think of the meanings of the verses in this song, you will feel so much spiritual joy that your heart will melt. [*See Endnote]
“Karena venu-ranjitam” – Krsna keeps His flute on His lips and smiles, looking towards His beloved. “Gati karindra-ganjitam” – And He walks like an elephant, who walks as though he were intoxicated with happiness. In fact, Krsna walks more sweetly and beautifully than that elephant.
“Dukula-pita-sobhanam” – Du-kula literally means ‘two sides.’ Dukula pita means ‘yellow garments’, and here it refers to Krsna’s uttariya, or upper cloth. Krsna’s upper cloth is exceedingly more beautiful than the yellow mustard seed flowers we see in the fields. His cloth can be compared with lightening flashing upon His body, which is like the color of clouds.
Then after these three lines, we remember the refrain, “Namami nanda-nandanam.”
All the verses have very excellent and sweet meanings. If one sings this kirtana and meditates on the meaning, Krsna will enter his heart along with Srimati Radhika – as promised in the last verse.
sri nanda-nandanastakam pathed yah sraddhayanvitah
tared bhavabdhim dustaram labhet tad-anghri-yugmakam
That person will easily cross birth and death, lust, and all other obstacles. ‘Yugmakam’ means that Radha and Krsna are together. Where? At Radha-kunda.
When chanting Sri Radha-Krpa-Kataksa-Stava-Raja, beginning “Munindra-vrnda-vandite,” try to know some of the meanings of these verses as well. You will be truly happy by this. Absorbed in thinking about this, your mind will not go here and there.
When you chant harinama, you can try and visualize that you are anywhere in the eighty-four krosas (thirty-two square mile area) of Vrndavana. You can be under the shade of Vamsi-vata (the tree under which Krsna plays His flute and calls the gopis to come and dance rasa-lila with Him), and sometimes in Nandagaon, at Ter-kadamba (one of the important meeting places of Sri Radha-Krsna). And, if you like to weep bitterly, then go to Uddhava-kyari, where all gopis are lamenting in a mood of separation from Krsna. Sit there for some time and chant Hare Krsna, feeling something of the gopis’ great separation mood.
If your mind is wandering, go then to Govardhana and try to chant Hare Krsna loudly, performing parikrama of Govardhana. You can take some rest at Kusuma-sarovara (where Krsna jokingly chastises Sri Radha for picking ‘His’ flowers) or Govinda-kunda (where King Indra worshipped Krsna), and especially take bath at Rhttps://soundcloud.com/srila-bv-narayan-maharaja/20100902_delhi_am_hindi_janmas