Nowadays we are celebrating Jhulan-Yatra (swing festival). The Divine Couple Sri Sri Radha-Krishna, the ultimate object of love, is seated on the swing, and the Gopis swing them. As the swing goes away the Gopis feel separation and as it comes closer they are delighted by the union. This festival signifies the highest level of love in separation and union.
We can also taste this Vipralambha rasa (love in separation), the ultimate goal of devotional practice through the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra under the shelter of the Spiritual Master.
A Sadhu (pure devotee of Krishna) is extremely rare in this Iron Age (Kali-Yuga). Therefore Supreme Lord Sri Krishna out of his causeless mercy appeared as Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahāprabhu in the form of a sadhu to deliver all the conditioned living entities through congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Thus, we must take advantage of this rare human birth and deliver ourselves from this miserable mundane world by chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra wholeheartedly.
We have to come to this miserable mundane world and repeatedly suffer in different forms until we are free from material attachment.
Therefore our Vaishnava lineage emphasises the devotional practice through the chanting of Hare Krishna Mahamantra under the shelter of pure devotees. This holy Mahamantra will cut the knots of material attachment and please Supreme Lord Krishna and He will certainly take us to His blissful eternal abode, Goloka Vrindavan.
Our Vaishnava lineage promotes the philosophy of going back to the eternal blissful supreme abode of Lord Krishna, Sri Goloka Dham, through the chanting of Hare Krishna Mahamantra. We can become critics and pundits by accumulating a lot of knowledge but the only means to reach the eternal loving abode of Sri Krishna is through chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra without offences under the shelter of a bonafide Spiritual Master.
Supreme Lord Krishna is the ultimate controller. By surrendering unto Krishna we can remain undisturbed by His illusory energy – Maya Devi. In this age of deception (Kali-Yuga) Krishna has descended within His name to give us shelter and reveal all of His love to us. Therefore we must chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra sincerely under the guidance of pure devotees of Krishna to save us from the clutches of Maya.
To advance in our devotional practice there is nothing that compares with associating with pure devotees (Sadhu) of Supreme Lord Krishna. A sadhu is free from unwanted mundane desires and he is our eternal well-wisher. A Sadhu has no other motive but to engage us in the transcendental loving service of the Supreme Lord through the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.