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Caitanya Mahaprabhu says the, the person whose name we chant, holy name, in each, in each holy Allah, or something like that, that is not objected if it is actually meaning the Supreme

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Caitanya Mahāprabhu says, the person whose name we chant, holy name, in each, in each holy Allah, or something like that, that is not objected if it is actually meaning the Supreme.


Lecture at Bharata Chamber of Commerce 'Culture and Business' -- Calcutta, January 30, 1973:

If bismillah means Hare Kṛṣṇa . . . it is a question of language. So if bismillah's meaning the same thing, Hare Kṛṣṇa . . . Hare Kṛṣṇa means we are addressing the Supreme Lord and His energy. Hara means the energy of the Supreme Lord, and Kṛṣṇa means the Supreme Lord. So we are addressing, "My dear Lord, my dear the energy of Lord . . ." Because Lord and His energy, they are . . . they are always existing. Just like sun and the sunshine, they're always existing. Sunshine is the energy, but sun is the energetic. Similarly, the Lord is there and His energy's also there.

So we are praying both to the energy and to the Lord: "Please engage me in Your service. I am serving māyā. I am not happy. Therefore, please engage me in Your . . ." My, my constitutional position is to serve. Just like you are all sitting here. Every one of you are servant. If you consider that you are master, that is a mistake. That is māyā. Every one of you are servant. So "I am serving, but now I am serving māyā. I'm not happy. Let me serve You." This is the meaning of Hare Kṛṣṇa.

So if bismillah means that, there is no objection. It is the question of language. It does not . . . of course, Caitanya Mahāprabhu says, nāmnām akāri bahudhā nija-sarva-śaktis tatrārpitā niyamitaḥ smaraṇe na kālaḥ (Śikṣāṣṭaka 2). Caitanya Mahāprabhu says the . . . the person whose name we chant, holy name, in each, in each holy name, there is the same potency as in the person. So if bismillah, Allah, or something like that, that is not objected if it is actually meaning the Supreme.

If it is meaning something else, that is another thing. This question . . . just like water, or jala. It is the same thing. It is simply a different name. If I ask water, you'll give me the water actually, and if I say jala, you'll give me the same. So if the meaning is all right, then there is no objection. If the meaning is different, then there is objection. We are not fighting with the language. We are not concerned with the language.