This article, "Attainment of Divine Bliss By Nama Sankirtan," was published in The Hindu, February 16, 1972, in Chennai, India.
MADRAS, Feb. 16.
What prevents mortals from realising God easily is Maya (illusion), under whose influence people start pursuing vain pleasures. Every creation of God in its original form is pure, but even as placid water turns turbid when it flows on a muddy surface, one gets confused when pressurised by material wants. Chaitanya had shown the way to reach the Kingdom of God by "Hari Nama Sankirtanam", the process of incessant chanting of God's name with sincerity and devotion. One must understand that Sri Krishna is the sole proprietor of the entire universe and that we can come to possess and enjoy only what He chooses to allot to us, He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and we are His children. When we completely dedicate ourselves to Sri Krishna and offer our surrender, He assumes the responsibility of protecting us as He had declared unequivocally in the famous verse "Sarvadharman parithyajya." We should also have complete faith in the injunctions contained in Vedic literature.
His Grace Sri Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in a discourse in Mylapore on Tuesday, explained how "Sankirtanam" (congregational chanting) has been prescribed as one of the nine modes of reaching God. Sri Krishna is our real friend and saviour. Perfection of human life cannot come through mere economic development or industrial advancement but only through spiritual purification. By singing Sri Krishna's glory one can experience ecstatic divine bliss and absorption in God-consciousness.