The Prediction For This Age
Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu predicted that the sankirtana movement would reach everytown and village. (CC, Adi 7.26) Srila Prabhupada began that process and requested his followers to continue to inundate the entire world. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that the market of the holy name, as it existed in the original pastimes of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, is also visible today.
In other words, in the eyes of liberated souls, Nama Hatta preaching is non-different from the original activities of Lord Caitanya. To inundate the entire world—to reach every gentleman, rogue, lame, invalid, or blind person—it is essential that every congregational devotee become active in distributing Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mercy. Congregational preaching can penetrate every home and reach every person, thereby watering the seeds planted by book distribution, cultivating all contacts that were made through positive encounters.
The Glorious Adventures and Challenges of Preaching
To awaken conditioned souls to their eternal position as servitor of the Lord, preachers meet with many adventures and challenges. Five hundred years ago, Lord Caitanya’s movement went through similar trials. To become an “employee” of ISKCON’s Nama Hatta program means to assume a role in the Lord’s transcendental pastimes. That part, however humble it may be, is directly linked to Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s eternal sankirtana movement. Participating in these activities is preparation for being transferred to the Lord’s pastimes in Goloka Vrindavana. By Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mercy, we do not have to wait until we reach the spiritual world before getting the sublime nectar of the sankirtana movement. We can taste that nectar even while living in this world, simply by following the principles given by Lord Caitanya and thoroughly explained by Srila Prabhupada.
(Excerpt from the book ‘Sri Godruma Kalpatavi’ by ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry)
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