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ŚB 4.12.21


विज्ञाय तावुत्तमगायकिङ्करा-
वभ्युत्थित: साध्वसविस्मृतक्रम: ।
ननाम नामानि गृणन्मधुद्विष:
पार्षत्प्रधानाविति संहताञ्जलि: ॥ २१ ॥


vijñāya tāv uttamagāya-kiṅkarāv
abhyutthitaḥ sādhvasa-vismṛta-kramaḥ
nanāma nāmāni gṛṇan madhudviṣaḥ
pārṣat-pradhānāv iti saṁhatāñjaliḥ


vijñāya — after understanding; tau — them; uttama-gāya — of Lord Viṣṇu (of excellent renown); kiṅkarau — two servants; abhyutthitaḥ — stood up; sādhvasa — by being puzzled; vismṛta — forgot; kramaḥ — proper behavior; nanāma — offered obeisances; nāmāni — names; gṛṇan — chanting; madhu-dviṣaḥ — of the Lord (the enemy of Madhu); pārṣat — associates; pradhānau — chief; iti — thus; saṁhata — respectfully joined; añjaliḥ — with folded hands.


Dhruva Mahārāja, seeing that these uncommon personalities were direct servants of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, immediately stood up. But, being puzzled, in hastiness he forgot how to receive them in the proper way. Therefore he simply offered obeisances with folded hands and chanted and glorified the holy names of the Lord.


Chanting of the holy names of the Lord is perfect in every way. When Dhruva Mahārāja saw the Viṣṇudūtas, the direct associates of Lord Viṣṇu, four-handed and nicely decorated, he could understand who they were, but for the time being he was puzzled. But simply by chanting the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra, he could satisfy the uncommon guests who had all of a sudden arrived before him. The chanting of the holy name of the Lord is perfect; even though one does not know how to please Lord Viṣṇu or His associates, simply by sincerely chanting the holy name of the Lord, everything becomes perfect. A devotee, therefore, either in danger or in happiness, constantly chants the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra. When he is in danger he is immediately relieved, and when he is in a position to see Lord Viṣṇu or His associates directly, by chanting this mahā-mantra he can please the Lord. This is the absolute nature of the mahā-mantra. Either in danger or in happiness, it can be chanted without limitation.