Nothing that a Goat Won't Eat
ACCORDING TO an Indian proverb, there's nothing that a goat won't eat and nothing that a madman won't say. Madmen? Sometimes it seems like we're living in a world of them, or at least a world of fools. The human impulse is to say something anything. Something stupid, something contentious, something sweet, deceitful, smart, ridiculous, or empty. Big strings of words, amounting to nothing. It's astonishing.
Nearly as surprising: You can speak the most outrageous foolishness, and someone out there most likely many someones will for sure take it as sensible, even as urgently important.
People babble on like sea waves, other people babble back. And soon you've got a tumultuous roar, of no significance at all. Babble on, Babylon.
Behind those babbling tongues churn babbling minds, full of everything, empty of substance.
For which the Vedic remedy is the chanting of the maha-mantra: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
The purpose of the chanting is to pull the mind out of the din and fix it on one point: Krsna.
That point Krsna is not merely a point, but the ultimate substance. The word Krsna indicates the supreme reality, the Absolute, the original source of everything.
More precisely, the word Krsna is Krsna. On the material platform, a word and what it stands for are different. On the spiritual platform, Krsna and Krsna's name are the same.
So by chanting Hare Krsna, we leave behind the clatter of illusion and come in touch with Krsna, the Absolute Truth.
In the early stages of spiritual understanding, one realizes that Absolute Truth as an impersonal, all-pervading oneness. Further along, one perceives that Absolute Truth as the Supersoul, the source of all intelligence, the unseen guide within the heart. And when that unseen guide fully reveals Himself, one can see the Absolute Truth as the transcendent Personality of Godhead, free from all the grossness of matter yet tangibly real and specific in His unlimited names, forms, qualities, and pastimes.
It is when we come to Krsna that real talking begins. That talking is done by the greatest self-realized souls. And by those who accept, repeat, and relish the words of those realized souls and thus become realized themselves.
Of course, those who babble on about nothing will think that whatever they're buzzing about is of great consequence and that Hare Krsna is for fools.
Following in the footsteps of the Vedic sages, we'll go on talking about Krsna and chanting the maha-mantra: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.