Dhanurdhara Swami November 16th, 2001
Japa Thoughts V
The root of prema (love of Godhead) is dainya (humility). What is the question of love without humbly serving and submitting oneself to ones lover? Even a powerful man who falls in love willingly submits, and serves, the desires of his beloved. True love invokes humility, and true humility invokes love, for it enables one to serve others.
By the Hare Krishna mahamantra we are glorifying God and begging for His service. Can a proud man put his heart in such words, and if one can?t chant with
sincere feeling what is the question of chanting with devotion and relish?
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu thus instructs:
“One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street, more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige and ready to offer all respects to others. In such a state of mind one can chant constantly.”
Only the humble soul can put his heart into the incantation of Hare Krishna and give it real meaning beyond just syllables and sounds.
Moral: If we want an attraction for the holy name we must serve, pray and chant for dainya (true humility).