Saturday, August 4, 2012
SLOKA OF THE WEEK:
tattvaḿ bruvāṇāni paraḿ parastān
madhu kṣarantīva mudāvahāni
prāvartaya prāñjalir asmi jihve
tattvam — the truth; bruvāṇāni — which speak; param — supreme; parastāt — beyond everything superior; madhu — honey; kṣaranti — dripping; iva — as if; mudā — joy; avahāni — bringing; prāvartaya — please recite; prāñjaliḥ — with joined palms; asmi — I am; jihve — O tongue; nāmāni — the names; nārāyaṇa-gocarāṇi — which refer to Lord Nārāyaṇa.
My dear tongue, I stand before you with joined palms and beg you to recite the names of Lord Nārāyaṇa. These names describing the Supreme Absolute Truth bring great pleasure, as if exuding honey.
In his purport Satsvarupa das Goswami writes; The honey within the holy name is remembrance of Kṛṣṇa. That is why chanting the name brings ecstasy. As Śrīla Prabhupāda writes, "The more one chants the names of Kṛṣṇa, the more one becomes attached. Thus service by śravaṇa and kīrtana, hearing and chanting about Kṛṣṇa, is the beginning. The next process is smaraṇa — always remembering Kṛṣṇa. When one is perfect in hearing and chanting, he will always remember Kṛṣṇa. In this third stage he becomes the greatest yogī" (The Matchless Gift, p. 89).