(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 7 January 2017, Brisbane, Australia, Home Program Lecture)
We may recall that Ramanuja Acarya’s spiritual master sent him to study under a great self-realised sage, and after a long time, that sage gave him a secret mantra. He said, “If you chant this mantra, you will attain all perfection; liberation from birth and death. Whoever chants this mantra will attain all perfection. It is so powerful but it is a very hidden secret.” So Ramanuja Acarya received the mantra and subsequently, he went onto the main square near the temple. Standing near the gate of the temple, he just loudly announced to the people, “I will give you the greatest secret. You will attain all perfection.” And then, he publicly spoke out the mantra ”Om Namo Narayanaya!”
Meanwhile, when Ramanuja Acarya’s guru heard this, he became very upset and he chastised him greatly, “How could you do such a thing? I told you to keep this mantra a secret and now you have spoken about it to everyone.” So then Ramanuja Acarya responded, “I know I disobeyed your order and I know that for one who disobeys the order of the spiritual master, there is no good destination. I know that I will have to suffer hellish reactions for all of this. And they will all get the benefit in their next destination. But then think, all these people are now chanting this mantra and they will all get the benefit!” Upon hearing this, the saintly teacher was shocked. He said to himself, “Such a saintly vision. I have never seen such a spirit of sacrifice. He is not afraid to go to hell for the benefit of everyone!”
So in this way, we are part of an amazing movement. And the secret of this movement is that the more we give, the more we gain. It is amazing! Whatever we receive, we must give it. See what happened to Ramanuja Acarya; he received a secret mantra, he gave it and he gained more than just that mantra. He gained special blessings for sharing that mercy to so many people. So the more we give, the more we gain and this is the principle that Srila Prabhupada preached tirelessly everywhere; to share the gift of Krsna consciousness to everyone.