Igniting a forest fire with the Holy Names – Indradyumna Swami Nectar
His Holiness Indradyumna Swami lectured on Srila Haridas Thakur recently while he was in Sri Mayapur Dhama last month. In it, he spoke a lot on the potency of the Holy Names and on the practice of chanting.
He mentioned that Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakur said that if upon chanting the Maha Mantra, tears don’t flow from your eyes, that means you are committing one or more of the ten offenses to the Holy Name. He also mentioned that it’s a long, lonely road alone, but that “many hands make small work,” so therefore we have the congregational chanting of the Holy Name.
Indradyumna Swami cited one powerful verse from the Skanda Purana in which a mahatma says:
“I see that Kali Yuga is a like a black poisonous snake with a gaping mouth and fangs, but please don’t be disturbed, dear devotees, and listen with faith. Once the Holy Name of Lord Govinda is being chanted it is like igniting a forest fire which will burn to ashes the poisonous snakes within the forest.”
A verse quoted by Indradyumna Swami in February, 2018 and available on Narottama.