Harinam Ruchi Nitainam Namlekhan

Shastra Proof to Get Harinam Ruchi by Nitainam Lekhan

By Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj,
Nitaimani das and Nitaisevika dasi

1. Introduction

हरे कृष्ण! Jai Guruvarga! Dandavats. जय निताइ! 🙏🙌 Lekhan means Writing, and Ruchi means Relish.

1.1) How to get Harinam Ruchi by Nitainam Lekhan?

👆 Write the ten Devanagari strokes of “निताइ” (Nitainam) one by one in the air. Write each stroke in large size by your hand, with big and slow movements, with all your fingers, in the sequence shown by the arrows above. As you airwrite each stroke, minutely visualize the parts of that stroke one by one in your mind’s eye, which are getting created and left behind in the air by the persistence of vision, after your hand has moved a little forward. Your eyes can be closed or open.

🌹 You can airwrite and visualize Nitainam in this way for at least 5-10 minutes daily before or after Harinam. You can increase the duration if you feel that it is enhancing your Harinam Ruchi. You can rest your elbow on any surface while doing it, if needed. You may also remember the transcendental meanings of each stroke while writing them.

1.2) Why to do Nitainam Lekhan for Harinam Ruchi?

🌷 You will instantly get taste and absorption in your daily 16-64 rounds of Hare Krishna mahamantra japa, kirtan, and harikatha by airwriting and visualizing Nitai’s merciful name (निताइ) for at least 5-10 mins daily. It quickly awakens the powerful remembrance of the form, qualities, and pastimes in Harinam and Harikatha.

1.3) Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj

🌹 Namruchi Ashram was established by Shrila Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj (1971-present). He is a grand-disciple of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada, a shiksha-disciple of Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a diksha-disciple of Shrila Bhaktishastri Parampada das, a sannyasa-disciple of Shrila Bhaktikumuda Santa Goswami, and a learned preacher of the Nam-Tattva teachings of Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur. Namruchi Ashram is based in Ramachandra Ghera at Radha Kund, opposite Nitaibadi at Ekachakra, and near Gandhi Labour Foundation in Puri. He was an intense spiritual seeker from 1971-1989, in the brahmacharya order from 1989-2001, and he finally accepted the sannyasa order in 2001.

1.4) Humble Service

🍄 The aim of Shrila Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj is to humbly serve and assist all devotees from all Gaudiya communities to gradually chant Shuddha Harinam in japa and kirtan with pure love, thus increasing their faith in their own guruvarga and dhara. Re-initiation in Harinam to any existing disciples of bona-fide Gaudiya gurus is never given. Nor is there any solicitation for funds, fame, or followers. We just sincerely wish to help every devotee on this planet to quickly rise to the level of chanting Harinam offenselessly in prema-bhakti through Nitainam Lekhan, which is also the ardent desire of all gurus in all our Gaudiya dharas.

2. Important Scriptural Proof of Nitainam Lekhan for Harinam Ruchi

2.1) Lord Gauranga Himself Wrote the Holy Name Constantly

🌹 In Shri Chaitanya Bhagwat Adi-khanda 6.5-6, Shrila Vrindavan das Thakur writes:

NIRANTAR LIKHENA krishnera NAAM mala ।।
rama, krishna, murari, mukunda, vanamali ।
AHAR-NISHA LIKHENA, padhena kutuhali ।।

“Lord Gauranga CONSTANTLY WROTE the NAMES of Krishna DAY AND NIGHT with blissful delight.”

🌷 Commentary: “Nirantar likhena” means Lord Gauranga was Himself writing the holy names constantly. Why would the Supreme Personality of Godhead practice something day and night and that too with supremely blissful delight, if it was not an important part of daily bhajan? If writing the holy names of the Lord was not authentic or an apasiddhanta, then Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu would have never done it.

🍎 Since Lord Gauranga Himself constantly wrote the holy names of the Lord day and night as a daily bhajan to inspire us by His own example. Since Nitai’s merciful name is unarguably a bona-fide holy name of the Lord, it is thus directly established that Nitainam Lekhan is an authentic and important bhajan to attain Harinam Ruchi.

2.2) Radharani Wants the Holy Name to be Written on Her Body

In the song Maribo Maribo Sakhi in his book Padyavali, Shrila Govinddas Kaviraj reveals what Radha tells Her beloved sakhis:

tomraa joteko sakhi
theke majhu sange ।
marana kaale krishna NAM
LIKHO mora ange ।।

“I request all of you sakhis, who are staying with Me, to please WRITE Krishna’s NAME on My body at the time of My death.”

2.3) Visualizing Nitai’s Name Enchants Each and Every Soul

Shri Chaitanya Bhagavat, Antya Khanda 5.357, categorically establishes:

DARSHAN maatra sarva
jiva mugdha haya ।
NAM-tattva dui
nityananda-rasa-maya ।।

“All living entities become instantly enchanted in pure love when they SEE NITAI’S NAME, because both His name, and the form revealed by seeing His name are full of eternal bliss and loving mellows.” (By airwriting Nitai’s name, we are forced to see each syllable very clearly in front of us and in our mind’s eye, due to the persistence of vision, thus totally captivating us with with pure love.)

2.4) The Air From Nitai’s Name Instantly Grants Krishna to Everyone

Shri Chaitanya Bhagavat, Madhya Khanda 12.58, guarantees:

IHAANA VAAATAAS laagi
beka jaara gaaya ।
taahaareo krishna naa
chaadibe sarvathaaya ।।

“Krishna will never ever leave a person who is touched even once by the AIR from NITAI or His holy name.” (After Vayulekhan is done, the holy Nitaized air molecules reach to the far corners of earth. They spread more far and wide than even the sound of the holy names. They deliver innumerable living entities globally, inadvertently making them very dear to Krishna, because they get unknowingly embraced by Nitai Himself, like Madhai was, in the form of these Nitainam Lekhan air molecules.)

2.5) If You Touch Nitai’s Name, You Become Eternally Happy

Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada emphatically assures us in his lecture on the Nitai-pada-kamala song given at Los Angeles on the 31st of January 1969:

“Just like if you touch electricity, immediately you become electrified. That is natural. Similarly, Nityananda is eternal happiness, IF YOU TOUCH NITYANANDA SOME WAY OR THE OTHER, then you become also eternally happy.” (Nitainam Lekhan is thus the infinite Nitai Bhakti powerhouse of Kaliyuga. Some ask why the previous Acharyas did not introduce it themselves and just talked about it? The answer is that not everything is done by every Acharya himself due to Nitai’s will. We have seen many examples of this. They set the foundation for it in their vani and leave it to their humble followers to introduce it as per Nitai’s desire at the right time, place, and circumstances, simply to give the credit to their truly empowered followers.)

2.6) Simply by Touching Nitai’s Name, One will Get Pure Bhakti

In the 4th chapter of Hari Nam Chintamani, verse 52, Shrila Haridas Thakur and Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur guarantee us:

vaishnava dehete thaake
shri krishnera shakti ।
sei deha sparshe anye
haya krishna-bhakti ।।

“Shri Krishna’s power rests in the body of a pure devotee. Simply by the TOUCH OF HIS BODY others instantly attain pure devotional service to Krishna.” (And who is a greater devotee than Lord Nitai Himself? And what is more higher than directly touching His syllables, which are fully non-different from His transcendental form? They are in fact the only original forms of God we can see face to face even in our embodied life.)

2.7) All the Insurmountable Ten Offenses in Harinam are Truly Destroyed Only by Nitainam Lekhan

Shri Chaitanya Bhagavat reveals the secret in 3.22.136:

nityananda prasaade se
NINDAA haya kshaya ।।

“Only by the mercy of Nitai and His holy name, even the most unforgivable and heinous offense of criticizing devotees (which is not even forgiven by Gauranga) is destroyed forever!” (What to speak of the other less heinous nine offenses in the chanting of the Hare Krishna mahamantra! They are also easily uprooted by Nitainam Lekhan. Krishna’s name in all forms considers the ten offenses and Gauranga’s name considers the offenses of criticizing devotees, etc. Whereas the airwriting of the only truly offenseless holy name of Nitai obliterates all of them quickly.)

2.8) Nitai Protects Those Who Are Rejected by Gaura and Krishna

In Navadvipa-dhama-mahatmya 4.35, Shrila Jiva Goswami declares to Lord Nitai:

gaura danda kara yadi
tumi rakshaa kara ।
tumi yaare danda kara
gaura taara para ।।

“If Lord Gauranga punishes and rejects a devotee, only You protect that soul and somehow still engage him or her in Gaur Krishna’s direct service. But if ever You would punish a soul (which You would never do), that soul would become estranged from Gaur Krishna for eternity.” (Therefore the syllables of Nitai’s name are the most forgiving and liberal forms of God in the whole creation in the past, present, and future.)

2.9) The Syllables of the Name are More Merciful than the Lord Himself

Shrila Rupa Goswami reveals in his Namashtakam, Verse 6:

vaachyam VAACHAKAM
ity udeti bhavato
naam svaupa dvayam
purvasmaat param eva
hanta KARUNAM
tatraapi jaanimahe ।

“Please understand that the SYLLABLE-FORM of the Lord is even more MERCIFUL than the direct bodily form or the deity form of the Lord. It is because one can worship it any time without any consideration of rules and regulations unlike the deity form.”

2.10) The Syllable Form of God is the Supreme Absolute Truth

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur sings in Gitavali, Namashtakam, Song 2:

jaya jaya harinam
chidaanandaamrita-dham
PARA-TATTVA
AKSHAR-AAKAAR ।।

“All glories, all glories to the holy name of the Lord, the divine abode of eternal transcendental bliss. The SYLLABLE-FORM of the Name is the SUPREME ABSOLUTE TRUTH.”

2.11) See Shyamsundar Face to Face in Just One Year by Writing the Holy Name

From the biography of Shrila Gaurkishor das babaji:

“A devotee came to Shrila Gaurkishor das babaji and told Him that he had been chanting the Hare Krishna mahamantra for quite some time but he was not feeling the desired advancement and realizations. Babaji Maharaj asked Him to write the holy name in big size in his house and to deeply meditate on each and every syllable while chanting. He gave that person a guaranteed assurance that he will SEE Lord Shyamsundar face to face WITHIN JUST ONE YEAR if he did what he had suggested.” (This proves beyond doubt that the visualization of the syllable-form of the Lord grants perfection in Harinam in a very short time. Lord Nitai’s Shrila Virachandra Goswami also worshiped a Deity of the Syllables of the Holy Name while chanting.)

2.12) Writing Nam is a Hundred Times More Auspicious

The Vaishnava Tantra and Sage Valmiki in Ramayana both emphatically state:

japaat shata gunam punyam ।
ram-naam PRALEKHANE ।।

“WRITING A MANTRA with visualization is 100 times more pious and beneficial than japa chanting.”

2.13) Lekhan Quickly Grants All Cherished Desires

The Brihan-Naradiya Purana confirms:

smarnaat kirtanaacchaiva
shravanal LEKHANAAD api ।
DARSHAN DHAARNAAdev
ram-naam akhileshtadam ।।

“All the innermost desires of a person are fulfilled by remembering, singing, hearing, WRITING, SEEING, and VISUALIZING the syllables of the holy name.”

2.14) We Become Dear to the Lord when we Write His Holy Name on the Body

The Lord Himself declares in the Hari Bhakti Vilasa 4.294:

dvaadashaAKSHAR mantraistu
niyuktaani kalevare ।
aayudhaani cha viprasya
mat SAMAH sa ca vaishnavah ।।

“A devotee whose body is decorated with the SYLLABLES of the Lord’s holy name is respected by Me as My EQUAL, and only he or she is worthy to be called a Vaishnava.”

2.15) Shrila Rasikananda Wrote the Nam on the Bodies of His Disciples

In Rasik Mangal, Eastern Part, First Wave, it is described:

“Shrila Rasikananda Thakur would constantly WRITE THE HOLY NAME on the bodies of his playmates and persuade them to dance.”

2.16) Seeing the Written Syllables of the Name is the Same as Directly Seeing the Lord

In the Valmiki Ramayan, Sundara Kanda, Chapter 36, Verses 2-4, it is stated:

ram nam ANKITAM cha
idam PASHYA devi anguliyakam ।
bhartaaram iva sampraataa
jaanaki muditaa abhavat ।।

“Sita felt as if She was personally seeing Her beloved Lord Ram Himself when She saw the syllables of the holy name of Her Lord CARVED on the ring presented to Her by Hanuman in Ashok Vatika.” (Vayulekhan is like carving the holy name of Nitai in the air for the supreme benefit of the whole world.)

2.17) Nam Lekhan is Even More Powerful than God

In the Ramayan, the stones thrown by Lord Ram Himself and the stones thrown even by the monkeys by chanting the name of Ram drowned in the sea, but the stones with His holy name written on them floated. This proves that the syllable-form of the Lord (Akshar-Parabrahma) is not only more merciful but also MORE POWERFUL than the Lord Himself or in some cases even more merciful than the sound of His holy name. (How much more powerful must be the process of airwriting Nitai’s name then, since Ram is just a plenary expansion of Nitai Balaram’s expansions?)

2.18) Nam Lekhan Includes the Whole Creation

17) The demigod Ganapati wrote the holy name in Sanskrit on a tulasi leaf and circumambulated it. Due to this simple faith in the syllables of the holy name, he is eternally worshiped before all other demigods. By doing this, he was considered the first to circumambulate the whole creation, not just our universe. This was due to the eternal truth that the syllable-form of the Lord INCLUDES THE WHOLE CREATION within it.

2.19) Writing of Nam on a Leaf

Shri Nrisingha Kavach, verse 21, in the Trailokya Vijaya, Samhita of Brahma, states:

bhurje vilikhya gutikam
svarnastham dharayed yadi
kanthe va dakshine bahau
narasimho bhavet svayam

“If one writes this down on a leaf or bark of a tree and keeps it within a golden capsule on his neck or right arm, Lord Nrsimhadev will be personally present.”

2.20) Writing of Nam on Our Arm

Shri Nrisingha Kavach of Prahlad, verse 24, from the Brahmanda Purana, states:

bhuje va tala-patre va
kavacham likhitam shubham
kara-mule dhritam yena
sidhyeyuh karma-siddhayaha

One may write this most auspicious prayer on his arm, or inscribe it on a palm-leaf and attach it to his wrist, and all his activities will become perfect.

2.21) Goswamis Write the Nam on Their Bodies Always

From Prema Vilasa, Chapter 6:

“Shrinivasa got up and bowed at their feet. With awe he observed their beautiful golden complexions. They (Sri Rupa and Sanatan Goswamipada) wore a tuft of hair on their head, their foreheads were painted with tilaka, and tulasi beads hung from their necks. The NAMES OF RADHA KRISHNA WERE PAINTED on their bodies, and they wore outer garments.”

2.22) Everyone in Goloka in Navadvipa

In the Jaiva Dharma, Chapter 3, it is stated:

ami dekhitechi je, aprakrita nabadwipe shokolei tulasi mala, tilak o NAMAKSHAR dharon koriyachen. amio taha koribo.

Remembering his Gurudeva, Sannyasi Maharaj said, “I see that everyone in this divine land of Navadvipa wears a necklace of tulasi-beads, has tilaka on their foreheads, and THE WRITING OF THE HOLY NAMES ON THEIR BODIES. I shall also do the same.”

2.23) Written Form of the Name is Also a Deity

In the Krishna Lila Stava by Sanatana Goswami, verse 409, it it clearly stated:

pasana dhatu mrd daru sikata mani lekhaja

“O Krsna, appearing in the forms of stone, metal, clay, wood, sand-drawings; jewels; and drawings of Your Name/Form, You temporarily or permanently appear in Your deity-incarnation using these seven ways.”

2.24) The syllables are non-different from the Lord’s form

Shri Chaitanya-charitamrita, 2.21.125 states:

kāma-gāyatrī-mantra-rūpa,
haya kṛṣṇera svarūpa,
sārdha-cabbiśa akṣara tāra haya
se akṣara ‘candra’ haya,
kṛṣṇe kari’ udaya,
trijagat kailā kāmamaya

“Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is identical with the Vedic hymn known as the Kāma-gāyatrī, which is composed of twenty-four and a half syllables. Those syllables are compared to moons that arise in Kṛṣṇa. Thus all three worlds are filled with desire.”

2.25) Touch Means Air

Shrimad Bhagavatam 7.12.27 states:

sparśenādhyātmani tvacam

“The instrument of touch, along with the sense objects of touch, should be given to Vayu or air.”

2.26) Nam Lekhan is Like Mental Japa

In the 17th Chapter of Hari Bhakti Vilasa, verse 158, it is clearly explained that visualization of the mantra-syllables is actually mental japa, which in turn is one thousand times more powerful than audible japa:

dhiyaa yad AKSHARA shrenya
VARNAAD varnam padaat padam ।
shabdaartha CHINTANaabhyaasah
sa ukto maanaso japah ।।

“Manasa Japa or mental chanting means the repeated practice, meditation, and VISUALIZATION of the shape and meaning of each and every SYLLABLE of a mantra in one’s heart, as one slowly progresses from one syllable to the next.”

Digdarshini tikaa (commentary) by Shrila Sanatana Goswami:

varnaad ekasmaat kramenanya-varnam vyaapya । evam padaat padam vyaapya । ittham shabdasya arthasya cha yac chintanam anusandhaanam tasya abhyaasah punah punar aavrittih ।।

“Mental Japa means that one meditates with one pointed attention on the form of each syllable of the mantra. When the meaning of one syllable of the mantra permeates the heart and mind during mental japa, then one should move on to concentrate on the meaning of the next syllable of the mantra. Only then will the mind become fully absorbed in the mantra. In this way, the constant drilling and training of the mind and the heart by repeatedly seeking out and realizing the transcendental meaning of each syllable of the mantra, through the process of deep and profound visualization on each syllable of the mantra, is the most powerful form of japa or chanting known as Manasa Japa.”

2.27) Mental Visualization is 1000 Times More Powerful

Hari Bhakti Vilasa 17.159 reminds us that in the Yagyavalkya Smriti it is revealed:

upaanshu-japa-yuktasya
tasmaac-chata-guno bhavet ।
SAHASRO maanasah prokto
yasmaad dhyan-samo hi sah ।।

“Upanshu (murmuring) Japa is one hundred times more powerful than Vachika (loud) Japa. Manasa (mental) Japa, however, is one thousand times more powerful because it is direct Meditation.” (So Nitainam Lekhan is the topmost form of meditation also.)

Digdarshini tika by Shrila Sanatana Goswami:

upaanshu-japa-yuktasya japah shata-gunah syaad vaacikaj japaac chata-guno bhaved ity arthah ।।

“Upanshu Japa is one hundred times more powerful means that it is one hundred times more powerful than Vachika Japa.”

2.28) Without Mental Visualization, Harinam May Remain Mechanical with an Animalistic Attitude

In the Hari Bhakti Vilasa 17.160, the declaration from the scripture Mantrarnava is mentioned:

pashu-bhaave sthita mantrah
kevalam varna-rupinah ।

“Those who chant the mantra while simply uttering the syllables, but not visualizing and meditating on their meaning, are chanting the mantra with an animalistic mechanical attitude.” (There are other way to make Harinam offenseless also like chanting Harinam constantly in multiples of 64 rounds daily.)

2.29) There can Never be any Fault in Mental Visualization, which gives the Fruits of All Sacrifices

Hari Bhakti Vilasa 17.161 declares:

NA DOSHO maanase japye
sarva-deshe’pi sarvadaa ।
japa-nishtho dvija-shreshthah
sarva-yagya-phalam labhet ।।

“There can NEVER be any FAULT or defect whatsoever in manasa (mental) japa), and thus it can be performed in all places, at all times, and in all circumstances. O best of the brahmanas, that most fortunate person, who is staunchly and irrevocably engaged in mental japa always achieves the sublime fruits of all fire sacrifices in creation.”

Digdarshini tika by Shrila Sanatana Goswami:

ata eva maanaso japah
paramottama ity aha-na dosha iti ।

“Thus manasa (mental) japa is Paramottama, which means the topmost spiritual practice in creation, since it has no faults of any kind.”

2.30) Mental Visualization can be Done by Anyone and Everyone in Any Condition

The Hari Bhakti Vilasa 17.162 continues to establish the universal nature of mental japa:

ashuchir vaa shuchir vaapi
gacchaams tishthan svapann api ।
mantraika-sharano vidvaan
manasaiva sadaabhyaset ||

“Thus one should incessantly practice mental japa whether one is in a clean or unclean condition, moving or stationary, and sleeping or awake. In this way, only one who takes exclusive shelter of the syllables of the mantra in all circumstances is a truly learned and self-realized soul.”

Digdarshini tika by Shrila Sanatana Goswami:

mantraika-sharana ity anyena
purashcharanaadi-paras tu
yathokta-desha-kaalaadav
evaabhyaased ity abhipretam ||

“The final conclusion is that one should take full shelter of practicing manasa (mental) japa, because it is completely independent of preliminary purificatory rites, the place, time, etc.” (And there is no other greater and merciful form of manasa japa than Nitainam Lekhan. Normally, meditative manasa japa is very difficult to practice until our mind becomes very calm and silent, but Nitainam Lekhan enables everyone to do it without having to wait for that.)

These are just some of the scriptural glories of Nitainam lekhan for Harinam Ruchi. We fervently hope that these absolute and unequivocal truths from our Vedic scriptures and Acharyas will eradicate all doubts and solidify faith in all devotees, thus enabling everyone to relish pure love in offenseless Harinam japa and kirtan, within no time.

PS. For more clarity, wherever needed, the meaning or explanation has been given in brackets.

Hare Krishna Mahamantra
Hare Krishna

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2 thoughts on “Shastra Proof to Get Harinam Ruchi by Nitainam Lekhan”

  1. Anant koti dandavat pranaams unto the lotus feet of Nitaipreshtji Srila Gurudev 🙏very very happy abirbhav thithi to you dear Gurudev.

    Dear most Gurudev . …words fall short if I try to glorify you. Your glories are unlimited,but with my broken words I can’t stop myself today to glorify my Spritual Father…who is always merciful.
    You are the Acharya who has given his entire life for the sake of humanity.
    Your divine vani, your divya gyan,your ever fresh way of spreading Nitai consciousness, your seva bhav towards each jiva is totally unmatchable .

    Nitai Vayulekhan is the best gift a father can give to his children…and you have given us the best of the best .

    I don’t have any capacity to glorify you properly. whenever I am in a problem or have a dilemma , thinking of you is always a source of divine inspiration to do the right thing.
    You are always with me…whenever I close my eyes I can feel your presence.

    Thank you so much Gurudev for everything . please shower your mercy on this wretched soul. I know I am totally dependent on your mercy. without you life is so miserable. please please forgive me for all the offenses I have done knowingly or unknowingly.
    Missing you today very much Gurudev. crying and praying to Nitai for your divine Darshan .

    Your insignificant daughter
    Radha rani dasi

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