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The Solution to terror: Celebration of The Holy Name Week

Posted: Oct 4, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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September 24th – October 4th 2015 is being observed worldwide as the Holy Name Week by members of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, popularly known as the Hare Krishna Movement.

The founder and apostle A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami  (known globally as Srila Prabhupada) who spread the gospel of the Holy names to America and the western world in 1965, exactly 50 years ago this year commented:

“Any person who is chanting the names of Krishna (God-the All Attractive) in course of time feels  pleasure and very quickly becomes purified of all material contamination.”

This was proven by the thousands of young men and women worldwide who instantly gave up destructive sinful habits like drug addiction, immoral sexual practices etc simply on the strength of the Holy Names of God.

The religious fanaticism that has bred the likes of Al Quaeda, Al Shabab, ISIS and locally, Boko Haram, is confirmed by experts as being mainly due to a vacuum in the hearts of the perpetrators and an overdose of material contamination.

The first and most important contamination is the total forgetfulness of one’s eternal spiritual identity as a child of the Most High God completely different from the temporary, ever-mutable natural body.

The mis-identification with the physical body breeds a multitude of erroneous mindsets – lust, attachment, pride, anger, greed, envy, illusions which further begets sinful behaviour like murder, human trafficking, slavery, stealing, fraud, lying, fornication, adultery, suicide bombings and the like.

As more people take full shelter of the Holy Names of the Supreme God, by calling on Him in faith, the atmosphere of negativity clouding the planet will clear immediately.

The LORD has hundreds and millions of Holy Names by which His people call upon Him according to nation, time and situation. In all these names He has invested his supernatural potency. Via the indwelling Holy Spirit He knows when you intend to address Him. There are no hard and fast rules in calling His Name.

“From the rising of the sun to the setting, the LORD’s name be praised.” – Psalms 113:3

The irony of this sinful generation is that atrocities are even carried out purportedly in the Name of God/Allah! This is a grave offence against the Holy Name and will block the unrepentant perpetrator from receiving the grace of the Holy Name.

All bonafide scriptures encourage us to call on the Lord.

In Judaism, Psalm 150:6 – “Let everything that breathes Praise the LORD!”

In Romans 10:13- “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

And in the Al Quaran Sura 87:2: “The Names of Allah are the most beautiful, we should call on Him by those Names.”

In the ancient Vedic scriptures of India we have this important verse – “This age of quarrel is an ocean of faults, but there is one uniquely good quality – simply by calling the Name of Hari (God) one can be saved from all material sinful reactions and attain the supreme destination.”

Brother David Sherman, one of the world’s foremost scholars on the etymological roots of devotional faith traditions states, “HARI is one of the most essential Revealed Names of the One True God, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead.

This Holy Name can be found throughout the World in cognate forms such as in the African Niger related Languages OLU, the Egyptian HERU, Roman SOLE, Greek HELI, KYRIE  and KOUROS etc., Biblical Hebrew ELI, ALI, ARI, ORI, URI etc., Persian HVARE, Sumerian ILU and Indic HARI, HARA, SURA etc.

HARI is the Lord’s Name as the Lord of the HEART, GOD-WHO-IS-LOVE! Even the words HEART, CORE
and CARDIO (KARDIA) are derived from the Lord’s HR / KR / CR Holy Name as the LOVER and charismatic / KRISHNA attractor of all souls!”

The Holy Name Week is an opportunity for all of us to go deeper into our faith traditions, spiritual beliefs and practices to focus on the essence – increasing our spontaneous loving attachment for God and all His children through constant meditation and praising the All-Merciful Holy Names of God-who-is-Love.

The spread of this non-sectarian universal devotional practice will root out the demoniac spirit in the heart of murderous groups such as Boko Haram, Ansaru, ISIS etc.

Guns can only kill the physical body, but the spirit remains hence we see that after killing thousands of
Boko Haram,  ISIS etc, the blood-thirsty spirit still spreads unrelenting, for “our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness.

Against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens” – Ephesians 6.12