If you want to achieve perfection, carefully follow the sequence indicated by the Siksastaka. By observing the activities of the sadhus one can acquire a pure intellect. The attainment of siddha-deha, attained with constant bhajana, easily leads to enjoying service during the day and night.
If the Siksastakas are remembered and smarana and kirtana are practiced according to them, the asta-kala service will gradually awaken in the heart. At that moment all unwanted defilements including religiosity, economic development, sense gratification and liberation appear insignificant, and the treasure of love is obtained. With the chanting of the holy name the mirror of the heart is cleaned. As established by the Siksastaka (1):
anandambhudi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamrtasvadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krishna-sankirtanam
All glories to the holy name of Lord Krishna, who has the power to purify the mirror of the heart by putting an end to the sufferings of the burning forest of material existence. This song is the crescent moon that opens the white lotus of fortune for all living beings. It is the life and soul of all knowledge. Chanting Krishna’s holy name expands the ocean of happiness of transcendental life. This chanting has a refreshing effect on everyone and allows us to fully enjoy the nectar we have always desired.
By performing the collective chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, one can destroy the sinful condition of material existence, purify the defiled heart and awaken all kinds of devotional service. The result of chanting is that love for Krishna awakens, and transcendental happiness becomes reality. Eventually one gains the company of Lord Krishna and engages in devotional service, as if immersed in an immense ocean of love.
The holy name, in Rupa Gosvami’s Namastaka, is described as the personification of happiness and knowledge.
nama gokula-mahotsavaya te
krishna purna-vapuse namo namah
Oh Hari-nama! Oh Krishna! You destroy all the sufferings of those who take refuge in You. You, to Your devotees, are very attractive and delightful. Your form is the personification of knowledge and happiness and therefore You are a feast for the inhabitants of Gokula. I prostrate myself repeatedly in front of You. Your form is completely spiritual like Vaikuntha.
This is a section of the book “Bhajana Rahasya”, by Bhaktivinode Thakura.
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