GGHS – Harshit Donthula speaks on “The Power of Holy Name” through the story of “Daksha Prajapati Curses Narada”
The power of the Holy Name is legend. Everyone knows how the Ram Setu was constructed by the Vanaras writing Rama’s name on the rock. The bridge was held afloat by the power of Rama’s name. There is a lesser known story on the power of Rama’s name. After the passing of Ravana, one of Vibhishana’s attendants asked how the Vanaras were able to build the bridge and cross it. Vibhishana explained that the power of the name of Rama is able to conquer all obstacles. The attendant was skeptical and Vibhishana decided that a demonstration was in order.
He handed the attendant a folded up leaf with Rama’s name on it and told him to cross the ocean. The attendant may have been skeptical about Rama’s name but he had faith in Vibhishana’s words. He took the leaf and started crossing the ocean which, to his surprise was only knee deep for him. He kept walking until he reached the midway point. Then out of curiosity, he opened the leaf and read Rama’s name. His skepticism returned. How can such a simple name be so powerful as to make the ocean knee deep? Unfortunately for him, the moment he doubted the power of Rama’s name, the ocean swallowed him up.
What is the lesson in all this? Not to just mechanically chant and write. No. One must have full faith that the Holy Name will help us cross the ocean of life and return us back to Godhead. This name is our vehicle and connection to Krishna, but only if we use it in the right way: with full faith and devotion.
Story of the great Prajapati Daksha and Curse to Narad Muni by Daksha Prajapati :
So Prabhupada tells in one purport of the Srimad Bhagavatam that how the great Prajapatih Daksha he had many many children they were all male children and known as the (02:07) Harishyas? And being a very religious man he sent his children to a holy place of Pilgrimage to perform austerities and penances for along long time so that they can purify them self-come back get married live nice material life and procreate many many children through out the world. So they went there to perform their austerities and penances with this purpose in mind but at that time the great sages Narada Muni happen to appear in the scene and he told them that you are performing all this penance and austerities just to have a lot of sex and procreate children and live within this material world that is not the highest thing, the highest thing is that you chant the holy name of the lord surrender unto lord Krishna and go back to Godhead So he convinced them all to accept the vow of renunciation and when Daksha found out about this he was very upset .So he figured that only thing I can do is beget more children so he begot more children and he was expecting them to carry on his good name and fame in this world. So he sent them to pilgrimage and said don’t be like your stupid brothers come back home like good boys and do
the will of your father. So they said yes my dear father whatever you say.
They went to perform their austerities and penances and guess who appeared ….. Narada Muni. And he said “O you should follow in the foot steps of your saintly brothers and chant the holy Name and take the vow of renunciation and go back to Godhead. So they did and Daksha became so angry. He approached Narada Muni and said “You are not a bonafide devotee, you are a bogus man” and he cursed him. He said “I curse you because you have ruined my family life and you have ruined my children ability to carry on my good name and fame I curse you that you never be able to sit down in one place but you will always be on the move”. So of course Narada Muni took that as a great blessing. Prabhupada explains that when I came in to the western world so many young boys and girls gave up their materialistic ways of life and took to the teachings of Narada Muni and now they are simply engrossed simply in glorifying the Lord and purifying the society.
But he said in the process of doing so many parents who are like Daksha have become very angry at me and they have cursed me to never to be able to sit down in one place therefore I am always forced to move from place to place to preach the glories of the Lord but Prabhupada explains that I am very much anxious to finish the writing of Srimad Bhagavatam and other Vedic Literature therefore I am humbly requesting my disciples to accept this curse upon their
head so that I can settle down and continue my writing.