By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
Meditation means to absorb your mind in the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is meditation, real meditation. In all the standard scriptures and in yoga practice formula, the whole aim is to concentrate one’s mind in the Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is called samādhi, ecstasy. So that ecstasy is immediately brought by this chanting process. You begin chanting and hear for the few seconds or few minutes: you immediately come on the platform of ecstasy. Therefore, Caitanya Mahāprabhu recommended this process not only for India but for all the people of the world. He said that pr̥thivīte āche yata nagarādi grāma. Pr̥thivī means “on the face of the world”; ache, “when there is.” Nagar means “towns,” and grāma means “village” or “county.” So He said, “As many villages, towns, or counties, the human society, there are on the surface of the globe,” sarvatra pracāra haibe more nāma: “My name”- means Lord Caitanya’s name, because He introduced the simple method of chanting Hare Krishna – “will be celebrated.” That is His prediction.
So, we can see practically also that somehow or other, in your country this chanting Hare Krishna is introduced practically, since one year only, but it is getting popular. People are taking it very seriously. Even some places where I never visited, they are organizing centers. I have received information from Buffalo, from Atlantic City. One little boy, Terry, he is organizing. He has invited some of our brahmacārīs (celibate students) to go there. And I have received letter from Germany, from Holland. They also have begun chanting Hare Krishna. In England, the Britain, the Beatles, they are also chanting. So this is getting popular in the Western countries, and it will get, I am sure.
So this chanting process introduced by Lord Caitanya should be seriously taken up so that our aim of human life will be successful. We have forgotten. Na te viduh svārtha-gatim hi viṣṇum [SB 7.5.31]. We have forgotten… The modern civilization has… In your country I was reading a little history that in 1813 or some year the government introduced “We trust in God,” and that was declared by the secretary to be published on the coins or on the paper currency, and we see sometimes. But simply trust in God is not sufficient. We must know what is God. Trusting something oblivion, something fantasy, that is no trust. You must know where to put your trust. That is Bhagavad-gītā.
You have to know this, what is God. You simply believe in God… Faith in God is very nice. It is better than godless person. That is all right. So this writing, that “We trust in God,” it is very good. It is better than the communist countries, who say, “We do not trust in God.” It is better. But simply official writing or trust will not do. We have to understand. And if you want to understand God, then this is the movement, Krishna consciousness. There is no other alternative.
You cannot place any other scripture collected from the world where the science of God is so elaborately stated, which you can test with all reason and argument. That is Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. So we have to learn the science. As you are learning so many department of knowledge, similarly, this is also another department of knowledge, to learn the science of God. The government should come forward to popularize this movement and to educate people in the science of God.
[An excerpt from a Lecture on the Srimad Bhagavatam 7.6.6-9, Montreal, June 23 1968]