(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 13 March 2013, Mayapur, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 4.30.17)
In this ocean of faults, the holy name is penetrating, abhinnatvan nama naminah says Padma Purana, non-different from Krsna. Bhajaniya guna vasista, when that holy name penetrates, people cover their ears. They don’t want to hear; they stuff their ears, so we chant louder and somehow or other, it penetrates.
I didn’t want to hear the holy name. I saw the devotees and they looked like the emblem of religious fanaticism. I had never seen anything like it. Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna, Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare. The brahmacaris thought they were fired up but to me it looked like total extremism. So I stayed clear, I stayed clear from the Hare Krsna’s. Then got a girlfriend who had a dog named Krsna. (laughter) The holy name penetrates and I was out at night and the dog wouldn’t come back, so I was calling out Krsna! Every night around the block starting harinam! (laughter) Lord Caitanya just everywhere, everywhere entering into our lives, making arrangements for his devotee.