(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 01 June 2015, New Govardhana, Australia, Caitanya Caritamrta Antya Lila 20.12)

ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaṁ bhava-mahā-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇaṁ
śreyaḥ-kairava-candrikā-vitaraṇaṁ vidyā-vadhū-jīvanam
ānandāmbudhi-vardhanaṁ prati-padaṁ pūrṇāmṛtāsvādanaṁ
sarvātma-snapanaṁ paraṁ vijayate śrī-kṛṣṇa-saṅkīrtanam

“Let there be all victory for the chanting of the holy name of Lord Kṛṣṇa, which can cleanse the mirror of the heart and stop the miseries of the blazing fire of material existence. That chanting is the waxing moon that spreads the white lotus of good fortune for all living entities.” (Śikṣāṣṭakam 1)

white_lotus_What is the benediction moon? Here it says that chanting is the waxing moon. And what is the white lotus of good fortune? śreyaḥ-kairava-candrikā-vitaraṇaṁ vidyā-vadhū-jīvanam

It is said that there is a type of lotus, a white lotus which is different from other lotuses. This lotus opens in the night with the moonshine and not by the sun, during the day, like other lotuses. It represents the good fortune that is created by chanting in the darkness of kaliyuga. That is the benediction moon.

That chanting is the waxing moon that spreads the white lotus of good fortune for all living entities. It is the life and soul of all education. The chanting of the holy name of Kṛṣṇa expands the blissful ocean of transcendental life. It gives a cooling effect to everyone and enables one to taste full nectar at every step.

So may that victory happen in the world. May that victory happen in all the universes that exist within the entire world. May that victory happen on this planet. May that victory happen on this continent. May that victory happen here in New Govardhana. May that victory happen in your lives, and finally, may that victory happen in my heart!

The holy name! May that victory be there so that we finally come to the stage where we are tasting full nectar at every step.

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  1. Sanjay Sri Krishna on

    Inspiring article. True victory can only happen at the soul level . Every other type of victory is transient/ephemeral . The article was the ambrosia of liberation,in itself . Bhudhists often use the symbol of the lotus . Interesting to discover its Vedic origins ,especially the white lotus .