Hari Pari Mańdala

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In the scriptures and kiirtanas the word “Haripari mańd́ala” is often mentioned. You know that for a devotee, the dearest entity is Parama Puruśa or Hari as He is the only entity in this universe which lasts for eternity. Parama Puruśa alone remains with humans until the end; all other entities are finite, limited. Only Hari and Harikathá [discussion about Parama Puruśa] are endless. That is why intelligent people should establish a relationship of deep love with the Infinite Entity.

Hari is an internal entity, residing in the innermost core of everyone’s heart. Be it the heart of a bird, a fool, a scholar, a good person or a bad person, Hari’s throne is there. He only considers one thing – whether that heart has love and devotion for Him. Suppose a certain person commits so many sins; rather, is totally immersed in the ocean of sin: Hari resides even in such a sinner’s heart and will reside there in the future, too. He will examine that heart to see how much love and devotion there is for Him.

Whenever the devotees of Hari assemble together they do not like to gossip, but prefer to do Hari kiirtana, and nothing else. Whoever comes within the circumference of that spiritual gathering will certainly feel an irresistible desire to participate in that spiritual dance. The sweet spiritual environment created by the kiirtana is called Hariparimańd́ala in the scriptures. Hari resides at its nucleus.

Those in the Hariparimańd́ala are by nature devotional. When they participate in the kiirtana they become even more devotional. Whenever Hariparimańd́ala is created, be it for five minutes, three hours or twenty-four hours, due to the intense collective devotion, the environment becomes so sweet and blissful that it becomes highly congenial for spiritual ideation (dhyána). At that time Hari moves His nucleus there and becomes the focal point of dhyána, the object of ideation.

From the devotional point of view, it is certainly Hariparimańd́ala, and from Hari’s point of view it is also Hariparimańd́ala. As these two viewpoints coincide at one point, every spiritual aspirant enjoys endless bliss. Thus it is said, “Bhaktih bhaktasya jiivanam”. Just as a fish cannot live without [[water, a human being cannot live without]]the earth, and a bird cannot live without the sky, a devotee cannot live without devotion. Without Hari the very existence of a devotee is endangered. If devotees are estranged from Hari, or separated from devotion, they become as miserable as a fish out of water.

The worst calamity that can befall a devotee is to be separated from devotion. Those who try to deprive people of devotion, who tried in the past, and will try in the future, certainly invite their own destruction. Hari never wants to harm anyone, nor do His devotees. However, if an individual or a force tries to disturb the Hariparimańd́ala of the devotee, or will try to do so in the future, they will certainly meet their destruction; it is a natural law. It is not at all necessary to harbour any thought of others’ destruction. Destruction comes as a matter of course.
5 January 1979, Patna
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Ánanda Vacanámrtam Part 7