Krishna Bhajana as popularized by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswatipada and Srila A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada world-wide is well-known. Yet the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra and the congregational chanting of the Mahamantra is just but the tip of the ice-berg. The movement started by these great stalwarts is a humble beginning in the exploration of the vast human consciousness thus directed to the infinite personified form of beauty Sri Krishna. Any living entity desiring to consummate this humbly begun journey should take things up very seriously lest this life-time fizzles away and one is forced to be born again with chanting beads in one’s hand once again. The dictum of “Chant Hare Krishna and Go back home , back to Godhead”, is just like the deer’s search for water at the sight of a mirage in a desert. Things are not that easy. In this article we shall methodically go through the nuances of the science of Krishna Bhajana.
A human being is a complex conglomeration of nerves, nerve ends stored in which there are bonds which bind the consciousness which is like liquid freedom. The consciousness of a human being is the sum total of all the actions, events , time and all such subtle aspects of existence and these aspects are captivated in the subtle body as well as the real nature which is captive in the causal body whose existence can only be deduced and cannot be existentially proved. The various actions and reactions are stored at the various nerve end meetings called Granthis. These are generally referred as knots. Thus in every way a human being’s existence is thoroughly in a bound condition. The consciousness which is in such a bound condition is held by various types of debts. The various granthis are in control of devatas or demigods. We owe this body to our biological parents and our whole existence is indebted to the “Pitris” or ancestors. We are guided in this life by various Gurus and so on. Thus we are to the minimum bound by debt towards demigods, debt towards guides, debt towards parents and ancestors and so on.
Sound vibration both subtle and gross is capable of releasing one from the various bondages. As we start chanting the Mahamantra which is the single-most powerful weapon of this Yuga , the various granthis that bind us slowly open up. We are slowly relieved from the various debts. The more intense and the more committed we are towards chanting the Mahamantra , the faster the Lord relieves us from the debts. However released we are from the various bondages , we may still be bound to subtle aspects of our behaviour which are deep rooted and also those karmic bondages which are to be cut with specific mantras normally not possible to be cut with the saw of the Mahamantra. The deep rooted specific bondages are cut with heavily encoded “Beeja Mantras” , handed over by a spiritual master who has realized these mantras. Thus the process of Krishna Mantra Deeksha becomes important whereby the mantras are handed over by the Guru to the disciple.
In Krishna Sadhana everything other than the Lord is an impediment. This is the mood of a true aspirant of Truth. The deep bonds of Maya, Karma and personal shortcomings can be overcome only once the disciple starts mentally chanting the Guru, Radha and Gopala Mantra with one-pointed attention. There are many who have chanted the Mahamantra and made their way to Vrindavana after retirement. That is not important. One should be free from defects in Sadhana. Chanting the Gopala Mantra is the single most important method if one is to achieve Seva to the Lord. Continued chanting of the Deeksha mantras sends vibrations to the 72 million nerve center and releases all sorts of bondages and releases one’s consciousness. Just chanting the Mahamantra will not enable such an effect because the mahamantra clears the outer aura of a living entity. Mahamantra is capable of delivering Deeksha to a sincere aspirant. One can however not reach the final goal just by the strength of the Mahamantra. The Gopala and Radha Mantra are necessary.This is a fact.