Hanumān Is Still Here | House of Bhakti

( – The following is an excerpt from a class on Śrī Śikṣāṣṭakam by Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Mahārāja in Maui, Hawaii, on May 25, 2000

There is no fixed time for taking the Holy Name or not taking it.” Can you chant only after taking bath? No, there are no such rules. Can you take the Name while bathing? Yes, you can take it. Whether you have taken bath or not, washed your mouth or not, you can chant, ‘Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare, Hare Rāma Hare Rāma Rāma Rāma Hare Hare.’ Even if you are passing stool and urine – Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa – you can chant in your mind. Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu did it.

If anyone takes the Name of Rāma, then Hanumān must go there, with thousands and lakhs of bodies. He can go everywhere, at the same time. There was once a person who never had time to chant the Name. Nārada went and told him, “Why don’t you chant the Name, you silly, bogus person?” He answered, “I have no time, I am always busy.” Nārada then asked him, “Are you always busy, even at the time of passing stool and urine?” That person said, “Oh, no, not at that time.” Nārada Muni told him, “Then at that time you should chant.” He replied, “That I can do.”

When he went to pass stool, and he was chanting, “Hare Rāma Hare Rāma”, Hanumān came at once. He was upset and thought, “This bogus person is impure, passing urine and stool.” And he gave him a kick. Hanumān is so powerful that even if he would kick Rāvaṇa, Rāvaṇa would fall over. Even Kumbhakarṇa and Meghanātha would not be able to bear his kick. However, when he kicked this person who was chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa, it was as though nothing had been done. Then Hanumān thought, “This is very wonderful! What happened? I have never seen anything like this. Although he is passing stool and urine and chanting, there is no difficulty or problem.” He was in amazement. Then, in the evening, when he returned to Rāma and knocked on the door, he heard Rāma lamenting. Hanumān entered and asked, “Prabhu, why are you moaning?” Rāmacandra told Hanumān that he had done this to Him. Hanumān asked, “O Prabhu, how could I have done this?” Rāmacandra said, “You know that nāma and nāmī are both the same. When that person was passing stool and chanting, ‘Rāma Rāma Rāma’, I went there in his heart. I was in his body. You kicked him, that kick came to My back, and now it has been broken. That is why I am moaning.” Hanumān then told Rāmacandra, “From today I will not ever do this.”

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu once went to pass stool, and Gopāla-guru was carrying water. Mahāprabhu caught hold of His tongue very tightly, and Gopal-guru, like a boy, asked, “Prabhu, why are you doing like so?” Mahāprabhu told him that His tongue was out of control. “When I am going to pass stool, this chanting of ‘Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa’ will not stop. I want to stop, but it never stops. So I am doing like this.” Gopāla-guru told Mahāprabhu, “If anyone is going to die, and stool and urine are coming uncontrollably, should he not chant? I think it is better to chant.” Mahāprabhu said, “Oh, you are not only Gopāla. You are Gopāla-guru.” He left His tongue and began to chant.

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