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SANKIRTAN YAJNA – THE SACRIFICE FOR KALI-YUGA
Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the 16th century religious reformer, who spread the devotional cult of bhakti all over the Indian sub-continent, advocated congregational chanting of God’s name as the best means of spiritual purification. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu travelled on foot all over India and wherever he went, he chanted the holy names and danced as if in an ecstatic trance. He attracted huge crowds to take part in the congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. This congregational chanting of the Lord’s holy names is known as Hare-nama sankirtan and is recognized as the yuga-dharma, or the religious process meant specifically for this age of Kali-yuga.
In the Srimad Bhagavatam it is said. “In the Age of Kali, intelligent persons perform congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of Godhead who constantly sings the name of Krishna. Although His complexion is not blackish, He is Krishna Himself. He is accompanied by His associates, servants, weapons and confidential companions.” (SB.11.5.32) Lord Krishna’s bodily complexion is blackish blue and called shyama, which is compared to the color of a fresh monsoon cloud. However when Lord Krishna appeared as Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, His complexion was golden.
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This verse from the Srimad Bhagavatam, referrers specifically to Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who the Vedas declare to be the incarnation of Krishna described as the ‘Golden Avatara’. When Lord Krishna incarnated on earth five thousand years ago at the end of the Dwarapa-yuga, He simply killed all the envious demons who opposed religion. But in this age of Kali-yuga, the incarnation of God, Lord Chaitanya Mahaprahu, simply kills their demonic mentality with the transcendental weapon of Hari-nama sankirtan, the chanting of the Lord’s holy names. Lord Chaitanya taught that the highest form of yoga is bhakti, and the best means to make advancement and purify the heart of lust and envy, is by chanting the holy names, while declaring it to be the most direct process for God realization. Thus by following the process established by Lord Chaitanya, anyone can engage in the highest form of yoga practice, simply by chanting the names of God and simultaneously fulfill the highest aspect of religion by perfectly satisfying the Supreme Lord.