Monday, August 10, 2015

Chanting enchants our heart by cleansing material dirt



From a rickshaw puller on the earth to a pilot flying high in the sky, from a government servant to head of the government, from a beggar on the street to a business tycoon, from a baby in her cradle to a man knocking at the door of graveyard - all struggle hard, explore multiple avenues and continues making different choices throughout their life with a single minded objective of finding ultimate happiness in their life.


We will never find any sane person in any corner of the world who won’t long for happiness but will prefer misery. But the fundamental question is why we all fervently search for happiness? Brahma – sutra explains that the inherent nature of living entities is that they seek pleasure - ananda – mayo bhyasat. Vedic books inform us that we are souls and as a soul we are sac – cid – ananda i.e. eternal, blissful and full of knowledge. So being in bliss is intrinsic to us and so we are so obsessed with happiness.

Happiness is not a by-product of any form of material achievements. Yes we do see people becoming joyful upon achieving some success either in the form of wealth or position. But such happiness is neither lasting nor worthy. One of the reasons is because any achievement in this world is temporary and also because soon we find that the object which excited us initially fails to continuously satisfy our heart. Does money and success bring happiness? No. Because if it had been so then none of the wealthy and materially successful people would have resorted to sleeping pills to get some sleep, or would have drowned themselves in gallons of liquor to wipe out their tears and sadly would have not ended their own life by committing suicide. There are countless examples of such unfortunate souls who in spite of having cherished positions and possessions in this world were not able to lead a happy life.

So instead of searching happiness in the material realm we should look for it in the spiritual realm. We are souls, spiritual beings, part and parcel of the Lord and so happiness is what we crave for. But just like a thick layer of cloud in the sky prevents the warmth of the sun to reach us, similarly the thick layer of dirt of material desires and greed have covered our soul subduing our natural propensity to be always blissful. To regain our inherent nature we need to cleanse our hearts of all the material impurities and connect ourselves to the Supersoul, the Supreme Lord, who is the source of all pleasure. Chanting the holy names of the Lord like the Hare Krishna Mahamantra is the best way to remove all material contamination from our heart and also to simultaneously get connected to the Supreme Lord. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu explains the potency of chanting, “Glory to the Sri Krishna sankirtan which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years and extinguishes the fire of conditional life of repeated birth and death. This sankirtan movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spread the rays of benediction moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge. It increases the ocean of transcendental bliss and enable us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.”

So let us enchant our heart by chanting the beautiful names of the Lord and get reunited with the Supreme Lord who is the source of all happiness.

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