All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga

Saint Petersburg, Russia
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj's 22nd World Tour
Photos and short report by Vrinda Devi Dasi, received 5 October 2006

This morning Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, gave a beautiful darshan, a session of questions and answers for our Russian devotees.

An excerpt from Srila Gurudev's darshan:

We are getting that mantra, Hare Krishna Maha mantra, and it is called Maha Mantra because of all mantras it is the best. Then this sloka:

akrstih krta-chetasam su-manasam uchchatanam chamhasam
achandalam amuka-loka-sulabho vasyas cha mukti-sriyah
no diksam na cha sat-kriyam na cha purascharyam manag iksate
mantro 'yam rasana-sprg eva phalati sri-krsna-namatmakah
   (Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya-lila 15.110)

"The Holy Name of Lord Krishna is an attractive feature for many saintly, liberal people. It is the annihilator of all sinful reactions and is so powerful that save for the dumb who cannot chant it, it is readily available to everyone, including the lowest type of man, the chandala. The Holy Name of Krishna is the controller of the opulence of liberation, and it is identical with Krishna. Simply by touching the Holy Name with one's tongue, immediate effects are produced. Chanting the Holy Name does not depend on initiation, pious activities or the purascharya regulative principles generally observed before initiation. The Holy Name does not wait for all these activities. It is self-sufficient."

This is the evidential sloka. The conditioned souls, when they are taking the Lord's Name they are getting liberation. But in this age of Kali-yuga the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra is not only giving that liberation, it is also giving entrance into the service world for Radha and Krishna.

Srila Gurudev continued:

We are simply telling, "Chant Hare Krishna and be happy!" That means happiness will come finally, and that happiness will go supremely in the mood of union in separation, then so many things after that are waiting for me. But now I shall clean myself and proceed in the line of Krishna consciousness through the chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.

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