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Go for the Gold (12/30/02)

Dear G___ Dāsa,

Hare Krsna.

I have one simple question for my meditation when chanting on my mālā. What should my approach be to the Holy Name? What should my meditation be in contemplating the sound vibration? I want to be attentive, but it is hard when there are so many things that the mind wants to do.

Hearing nicely as you chant is the first step (kīrtana is more powerful than japa, because kīrtana forcefully absorbs the mind.) When chanting japa, one can focus the mind on the sound of the mantra, rūpa (the form of Krsna), līlā (the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa), guṇa (the qualities of Kṛṣṇa), and also one’s service to Kṛṣṇa. This means Mahāprabhu also.

My personal prayer has been that I  may not commit offences.

Indeed, it is because of aparādha that we cannot focus on the Name or properly engage in devotional service.

I pray to Śrī Gurudeva, yourself and many of our ācāryas. I beg that I may have some service and have increased desire to dedicate my life to the devotees. I pray that the Name reveals how that may be. I contemplate Śrī Caitanya’s Śikṣāṣṭaka – just ‘ceto-darpaṇa’… as I have  heard from my Gurudeva. Sometimes I just try to perk my ears and focus my attention on the sound vibration and not think about anything else, but this is hard in moments my mind drifts. I pray for the service of the devotees, however that may be. I pray that so many impurities in my character dissolve so that I may understand more how to function properly in my life without the pull of all these anarthas. Perhaps all this is fine, but I want your personal guidance.

All this is good, but at the same time one must stop all nonsense activities (activities not related to Kṛṣṇa). There is no balance between material and spiritual life. Go for the gold (Kṛṣṇa consciousness).

I hope to see you sometime this coming year-maybe here if you come, otherwise I would like to go to India and see those places I have not been to like Navadvīpa and Purī-dhāma.

Touring the holy place might be a good idea initially, but service connection will be the best medicine. Everyone is suffering from the heart disease called forgetfulness of Kṛṣṇa. Hari-nāma and sevā are the best medicines for this disease.

We are always happy to hear about your progress and your attempts to improve your Kṛṣṇa consciousness.

I’ll send you some photos from time to time. I hope this meets you well.

Affectionately,

Swami B.G. Narasiṅgha

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