Vaisnava-ninda (Criticizing a Vaisnava), Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF - 6.6 2022

A serial presentation of 'Vaisnava-ninda' by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

One who chants suddha-krsna-nama even once is indeed a Vaisnava & Diksa (initiation) is unnecessary in terms of the existential reality (tattva) of sri näma

At this point, one more thing needs to be considered. Becoming a suddha Vaisnava does not depend on the process of taking diksa (ceremonial initiation). Diksa is the process whereby a person receives a mantra for the worship of Sri Hari's deity form, and thus comes at least to the stage of vaisnava-praya.

In terms of the existential reality of the holy name (nama-tattva), such diksa is unnecessary. As Sriman Mahaprabhu has said:

prabhu kahe,—"yanra mukhe suni eka-bara
krsna-nama, sei pujya,—srestha sabakara"

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu answered, "He from whose mouth krsna-nama is heard even once is worshipful and is the best among human beings."

eka krsna-name kare sarva-papa ksaya
nava-vidha bhakti purna nama haite haya

Even uttering Krsna's name a single time destroys all of one's sins. The nine-fold process of devotional service (navadha-bhakti) attains completeness only through nama.

diksa-purascarya-vidhi apeksa na kare
jihva-sparse a-candala sabare uddhare

One is not required to undergo the process of receiving diksa or any preparatory regulative rites in order to chant krsna-nama. Simply by coming in contact with the tongue, krsna-nama delivers everyone, including even the most degraded class of men.

anusanga-phale kare samsarera ksaya
citta akarsiya karaya krsne premodaya
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila (15.106–109)

As a secondary result of chanting krsna-nama, one's material entanglement is terminated. The primary result is that the mind and heart of the chanter become uncontrollably drawn to Krsna and finally krsna-prema awakens in his heart.

ataeva yanra mukhe eka krsna-nama
sei ta' vaisnava, kariha tanhara sammana
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila (15.111)

One who even chants Krsna's name a single time is described as a Vaisnava; therefore you should show him utmost respect.


Translated from Sri Gaudiya Patrika, Year 7, Issue 10 in Rays of The Harmonist, Kartika Issue, 2009