(Kadamba Kanana Swami, March 2015, Mayapur, India, Kirtan Mela Lecture)


We are here by the mercy of Srila Prabhupada who brought us together and therefore we begin our kirtan mela with a prayer to his lotus feet. Prabhupada made Krsna consciousness more accessible and easier for us; he patiently brought us up and now we have come here clearly by his mercy and the arrangement of the Panca-tattva, to chant Hare Krsna. Just like it was Lord’s arrangement when he was on the earth five hundred years ago that the devotees would chant at the Srivas-angan and in that way, yata yata piya trsna badhe anuksana (Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 7.20-12); by chanting, by drinking this transcendental sound of maha-mantra, their thirst would increase and increase.

So may the same happen to us – may our thirst increase and increase so that we develop great eagerness to chant again and again, everywhere and anywhere, because that is how Krsna consciousness actually spreads. It is not that the Panca-tattva broke the lock of the storehouse of love of God and then just grabbed whatever fruits were there and then immediately ran out of the door and started to flood the entire world! No, first they got absorbed and they themselves overflowed. They appreciated it and relished it and with that relish they chanted. It is explained that the Panca-tattva themselves danced again and again and thus made it easier to drink the nectarean love of Godhead. They danced, cried, laughed and chanted like madmen and in this way they distributed love of God. Just like how Srila Prabhupada said that to preach Krsna consciousness is very easy – all you have to do is show people how happy you are! Easy, isn’t it!


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