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vyāmoha-praśamauṣadhaḿ muni-mano-vṛtti-pravṛtty-auṣadhaḿ

daityendrārti-karauṣadhaḿ tri-bhuvane sañjīvanaikauṣadham

bhaktātyanta-hitauṣadhaḿ bhava-bhaya-pradhvaḿsanaikauṣadhaḿ

śreyaḥ-prāpti-karauṣadhaḿ piba manaḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-divyauṣadham


vyāmoha — utter bewilderment; praśama — for subduing; auṣadham — the herbal medicine; muni — of sages; manaḥ — of the minds; vṛtti — the functioning; pravṛtti — which initiates; auṣadham — the medicine; daitya — of the demoniac descendants of Diti; indra — for the leaders; ārti — distress; kara — which causes; auṣadham — the medicine; tri-bhuvane — within the three worlds; sañjīvana — for bringing the dead back to life; eka — the only; auṣadham — medicine; bhakta — of the Lord's devotees; atyanta — absolute; hita — for benefit; auṣadham — the medicine; bhava — of material existence; bhaya — fear; pradhvaḿsana — for destroying; eka — the only; auṣadham — medicine; śreyaḥ — of supreme good; prāpti — attainment; kara — which effects; auṣadham — the medicine; piba — just drink; manaḥO mind; śrī-kṛṣṇa — of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa; divya — transcendental; auṣadham — the medicinal herb.


O mind, please drink the transcendental medicine of Śrī Kṛṣṇa's glories. It is the perfect medicine for curing the disease of bewilderment, for inspiring sages to engage their minds in meditation, and for tormenting the mighty Daitya demons. It alone is the medicine for restoring the three worlds to life and for bestowing unlimited blessings on the Supreme Lord's devotees. Indeed, it is the only medicine that can destroy one's fear of material existence and lead one to the attainment of the supreme good.


My colleague Gopīparāṇadhana Prabhu notes, "Maṇi, mantra, and auṣadha [jewels, mantras, and medicine] are often grouped together by Vedic philosophers as examples of things in this world that have acintya-śakti (inconceivable energy)." Since the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His energies are inconceivable, it is understandable why the poets and philosophers compare Him to jewels and medicine and praise the wonderful powers of mantras composed of His names.

Aside from jewels, mantras, and medicine, every living being in the creation possesses acintya-śakti to some degree. Although human beings often consider themselves the most powerful of all God's creatures, many lowly creatures possess abilities far beyond those of human beings. For example, growing grass endures trampling and stays out all night in freezing weather without a protest. A human being is not so tolerant. Frogs possess an inconceivable ability to maintain their lives even while buried under the earth. Hummingbirds and insects are flying machines so sophisticated that they can outmaneuver airplanes in many ways. Although scientists tend to think of their work as demystifying the secrets of the universe, they admit that nature at its most basic level remains inconceivable.

The presence of acintya-śakti in both the smallest and the greatest aspects of the universe should lead us to ask, Who is the source of this inconceivable energy? That source is described in the Brahma-saḿhitā as the acintya-rūpa, or inconceivable form, of Lord Govinda, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

The process of bhakti-yoga is also inconceivable. Every person fortunate enough to take up the process of Kṛṣṇa consciousness can attest to the inconceivable potency of the medicine of devotional service. Although we may have tried to give up vices before encountering Kṛṣṇa consciousness, we could not do so for long. But as soon as we began serving Kṛṣṇa and the pure devotee and chanting the Lord's holy names, the "impossible" was easily accomplished. The inconceivable energy that brings about these changes is called kṛṣṇa-śakti.

By the grace of the Supreme Lord, a pure devotee possesses this kṛṣṇa-śakti, and when he chants the holy name or speaks about Kṛṣṇa, the potent sound enters the consciousness of the receptive hearer and purifies him. By contrast, when a nondevotee speaks of Kṛṣṇa or chants His name, the effect on the hearer is not purifying but poisonous. Only one who is directly empowered by the Supreme Lord can spread Kṛṣṇa consciousness through kṛṣṇa-śakti. Thus only from the pure devotees can we gain the jewel, mantra, or medicine of devotional service, from which we can derive the inconceivable benefits of love of God.

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