Tree of knowledge

The Tree of knowledge


Stairway to the Stars


“Without the support of Shri Rama’s holy name, how can you hope to have spiritual assets? It’s akin to wanting to climb up to the sky using the raindrops falling from the clouds.” (Dohavali, 20)

Your dream starts today. The removal of all the perilous conditions, worries, fears and impositions of the world which attack through the vulnerable senses is only a heartbeat away, provided you have the fortitude and strength of conviction to take the difficult step forward.chanting of this holy name their primary occupation in life can attest to the validity of the process and also the flimsiness of any other system of dharma, or religiosity. Indeed, without a drastic shift in consciousness, wherein the thoughts of the mind are turned towards meeting the interests of the Supreme Object of Pleasure, trying to secure paramartha, or spiritual profits, is virtually impossible. The paths to spiritual freedom not built on the cornerstone practice of recitation of the holy name are riddled with debilitating forces that present a steady and most formidable opposition. These forces are so strong that very few have overcome them. But with the holy name, a tailwind of massive proportion helps to thrust the sincere spiritualist back to the spiritual world. Presented with these two options for attaining spiritual assets, the choice is rather obvious.

What is this “holy name” and why is it so important? Though we think we will be happy with an absence of distress or the living out of a new experience, the key to happiness is actually found in the thoughts and concerns of the mind. When there is calm in this area, when there is no more hankering or lamenting, the consciousness can be considered to be peacefully situated, in a pleasant circumstance. Since the desires within the mind steadily attack the psyche like a raging river, consciousness requires constant pacification and purification. Therefore the recitation of the holy names of the Lord found in the maha-mantra, “Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare”, becomes all the more important.

While different meditation techniques and the repetition of mantras aimed at calming the mind have been tried for centuries, the sound vibrations of “Krishna” and “Rama” are on a completely unique level. They represent the Supreme Absolute Truth, that entity we are all inclined to serve and worship. This inclination forms the basis of the full spectrum of activity and emotion, including even hatred. The holy name serves as a way to guide the flow of service emanating from the soul back in the proper direction. The soul can be considered a spiritual machine that never stops ticking. Through its attached form, it is constantly working, moving, desiring, feeling, willing, etc. Though the forces of nature may inhibit its effusion of true knowledge and potency, the soul’s active propensity is still always present. Therefore the key to finding a lasting pleasurable situation is to direct the energy along the proper course. Any misdirection naturally will lead to a further clouding of intelligence, bringing about increased misery and unhappiness.

Because of the clouding, the misdirection of the output of energy, the individual soul has great difficulty understanding the worthiness of direct worship of God through recitation of His holy name. Therefore other, less potent, dare we say even “useless”, processes are adopted. Goswami Tulsidas, in the above referenced verse from his Dohavali, is summarizing his opinions on the various religious systems commonly employed. Indeed, even the avowed atheist, one who is completely ignorant of his identity as spirit and the need for spiritual life, is likened to one who tries to understand God without chanting the holy name of Rama. Tulsidas especially preferred the name of Rama, for it represents the Supreme Lord’s non-different form of Shri Ramachandra, the pious prince of Ayodhya and protector of fallen souls. Those who surrender unto Lord Rama are never turned away, with Tulsidas serving as a great example of this fact. The saint only had his devotion to Rama and nothing else. All he wanted to do was glorify the Lord, and because of this so many enemies came and tried to stop him, with some even wanting to kill him.

Was Tulsidas inciting a national uprising? Was he asking others to overthrow the government? Was he instigating violence against innocent people? Obviously he wasn’t doing any of these things. He only glorified his life and soul, Shri Rama, through poetry and song. But because of his sincerity, the poet became extremely popular, and a groundswell of worship of Rama soon followed. Therefore the enemies of the Lord, those who either refuse to acknowledge His existence or take worship of Him to be the greatest assault on the progressive march towards hedonism, became very envious of Tulsidas. The poet nevertheless continued to chant Rama’s name, and, as a result, his devotion never wavered nor his popularity. To this day the miscreants try to attack him and explain his philosophy as being impersonalist, simplistic, or not grounded in the Vedas, but there is nothing they can do to take away his glory. For as long as Shri Hanuman, the faithful servant of Lord Rama, continues to be glorified on this earth, Tulsidas’ fame and honor will remain intact.

Courtesy: Krishna‘s Mercy —


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