Sharanagati

Collected words from talks of Swami Tirtha




Haridas

“Sanātana Gosvāmī replied, “O Haridāsa Thakura), who is equal to you? You are one of the associates of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Therefore you are the most fortunate. The mission of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, for which He has descended as an incarnation, is to spread the importance of chanting the holy name of the Lord. Now instead of personally doing so, He is spreading it through you.”[1]

So here we understood from the talk of these great saints that Mahaprabhu could not fully do Himself all the duties that He came for, so He gave the chance to His servants also to join the mission, to make them more glorious. Sanatana was helping Him to clear some philosophical topics and Haridasa Thakura was an authority on the holy names.

Sanatana said: “My dear sir, you are chanting the holy name 300,000 times daily and informing everyone of the importance of such chanting.”[2]

300,000 names, mantras! We have our rosary, this is 108 beads. So it takes a few minutes to accomplish one round, so to say. He was chanting 300,000 names. Maybe it does not sound too much, but if you calculate, it is about eight hours work.

Somebody: Much more!

Tirtha Maharaj: Maybe for you… Because if somebody penetrates deep, it is more time. You know, the beads are there for counting. And sometimes devotees are so pure hearted, that they don’t know even how to use their beads. This is a very nice chain – that from the bigger you start and then finally you come to the smaller ones. To complete one circle means from the big you come to the small. Once there was a devotee and at that time they were chanting together. And when everybody already finished this chanting meditation, that guy finished for twice as long time late. After some time they inquired: “Prabhu, how is it that your mantra meditation is so deep and so long?” And then he explained: “You know, I make my round coming from here to there and from there to here.” So naturally it took twice as long for him.

So, this Haridas Thakur was chanting for long, long hours. You can imagine – he did not have a job, he did not have a boss, he did not have a business to run, although his business was to distribute the glories of the holy name, his boss was God himself, and yes, very important, his office was under a tree. This tree is a very special tree. This is standing in Jagannatha Puri, one famous pilgrimage place in India, it is called bakula tree. From this tree they usually prepare toothpicks for Jagannatha. One of such used toothpicks was put into the earth and from that stick the whole tree started to grow. And under the shade of this tree Haridas Thakur was sitting and chanting. This is a very potent holy place. There you can find the dimensions change. Time and space are just changing the dimensions. It is very special. So if anybody wants to improve his or her chanting capacities should go there and pray. This place is very famous because this tree is a wish fulfilling tree. And on the walls around the tree there is some message that “this tree is a wish fulfilling tree, it works for free, but if your desires are fulfilled, please, donate 50 rupees to the temple.” So you don’t have to pay in advance. First you check it and if it works, then you don’t forget where did you get the blessings. Very important message! Because as soon as blessings come to us, we easily think that this is our own property.

 



[1] Chaitanya Charitamrita, Antya-lila 4.99-100

[2] Chaitanya Charitamrita, Antya-lila 4.101

 



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